Dudley Moore: An Intimate Portrait

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The public persona of Dudley Moore was many-sided: the short, anxious member of the comic duo Pete and Dud; the hard-drinking millionaire in the phenomenally successful Arthur; the gifted concert pianist and composer; the working-class kid who won a scholarship to Oxford. His life spanned an era of brilliant British comedy and an extraordinary decade of success—and excess—in Hollywood. After a debilitating illness forced him off the stage into real life, he struggled to survive; paradoxically, he also found inner...

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The public persona of Dudley Moore was many-sided: the short, anxious member of the comic duo Pete and Dud; the hard-drinking millionaire in the phenomenally successful Arthur; the gifted concert pianist and composer; the working-class kid who won a scholarship to Oxford. His life spanned an era of brilliant British comedy and an extraordinary decade of success—and excess—in Hollywood. After a debilitating illness forced him off the stage into real life, he struggled to survive; paradoxically, he also found inner peace. Looking back on the final 15 years of his life, Rena Fruchter gives us a loving and unflinching portrait of her friend Dudley Moore.

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When Dudley Moore died in 2002, Rena Fruchter was at his side. In the last 15 years of his life, they had become not only concert partners but the closest of friends. In this honest, often very funny memoir, she offers an intimate account of the final years of the brilliant but troubled star.
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Musician and journalist Fruchter recalls 15 warm, happy years with actor/musician Dudley Moore. How refreshing that "Intimate" in the subtitle of this show-business memoir refers not to sensational revelations, but to personal, often tender recollections the author shares about her subject. Fruchter does relate that Moore seduced women, suffered four troubled marriages and was uncircumcised-the latter, however, noted only because he and Fructer considered producing a documentary about circumcision. Otherwise, Fruchter offers a charming, endearing account of Moore's work as an actor and musician. A former music critic for the New York Times and an accomplished pianist, Fruchter first spoke to Moore by phone for an article she was writing in 1987. Drawn together by their love of music, they eventually met for lunch, the first of a series of witty, sometimes loopy conversations they shared-many of which Fruchter reconstructs here in delightful detail. Soon, Fruchter and Moore toured the world in a series of classical concerts. Along the way, turbulence from Moore's fourth marriage unnerved the actor, making his Platonic relationship with Fruchter, married and the mother of four, a tranquil refuge. Late in the '90s, Fruchter observed Moore falter as pianist ("My fingers feel like sausages," he complained). His speech began to slur and he often lost his balance, misleading many to think he was just like Arthur, the alcoholic title character of his most successful film. Ultimately, Moore was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, an incurable, degenerative neurological condition. Fruchter and her family drew close to Moore, as does the reader, following their visits to a cabin in NovaScotia, Moore's farewell journey to England and his heartbreaking demise in 2002. Gracefully written, keenly observed, Fruchter's portrait limns the joys of friendship and of lives devoted to art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780091900809
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 407
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    WONDERFUL READ!!

    I've loved dudley moore and his work all my life. I've seen all of his movies and have most of his albums. He was a wonderful artist and a very generous and sweet person. It was so sad that he had to go through such a horrible illness that prevented him from playing his piano which was the one thing he loved to do the most. If you love dudley moore, read this book, you'll get to know him better and love him even more!!

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