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Dudley Moore
  • Published: 8 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446460276
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

Dudley Moore

An Intimate Portrait

Intimate biography of the last days of Dudley Moore, comic genius and concert pianist

Rena Fruchter was Dudley's concert piano partner, and the friend who looked after him in the final years of his life until his death at the age of 66. This is her intimate portrait of the extraordinarily brilliant, complex character that was Dudley Moore.

During the last ten years of his life Dudley changed. He stepped off the podium and into real life. Physically life was difficult, professionally it was turbulent, but during his final years he blossomed, and in the midst of his illness from the debilitating effects of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, he found peace.

Rena writes beautifully of Dudley's final years but also takes us back through his life story - conveying his inimitable talent, humour and vibrancy; evoking the atmosphere of a working-class upbringing in 1940s Britain, life in 1950s London and his relationship with Peter Cook, and the excesses of 1980s LA. With style and precision she unravels his personality, looks back at his childhood and career, weaving a moving and compelling story of a unique man.

  • Published: 8 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446460276
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the author

Rena Fruchter

Rena Fruchter is the author of the critically acclaimed Dudley Moore: An Intimate Portrait.She is a pianist, writer and educator and for twelve years was music columnist for the New York Times. She lives in New Jersey with her husband.

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Praise for Dudley Moore

A wonderful memoir ... shot through with raw pain, blasted hopes and self-recrminination ... and yes, there are moments of laugh-out-loud humour

Scotland on Sunday

An intelligent, honest and moving portrait

Songs of Praise Magazine

An honest and moving account

Glasgow Herald

An essential read for anyone who had fallen beneath the charm of Moore ... a unique glimpse into the torments and pleasure of a man whose talents would slowly be taken away by the hand of illness.

Manchester Eveing News

What happened to Moore is all here in harrowing detail

Mail on Sunday

There are moments of laugh-out-loud humour

Scotland on Sunday

Rena Fruchter reveals the untold story in a loving but unflinching portrait

Evening Herald

Rena and her family supported and cared for Dudley until his death ... a moving account of the friendship

Choice Magazine

The generosity of the family, especially Rena's long-suffering husband Brian, is deeply moving

Sunday Express

The woman who shared his final days reveals the tragic truth about Dudley Moore

Daily Mail

An unabashed eulogy to a man she was evidently devoted to


Clearly Fruchter had a huge affection for Moore but she knew his shortcomings

Scottish Sunday Herald

Revealing biography of a multi-talented funnyman by a close friend who helped him in his final years


The answers are all here, neatly scattered through this mercifully mid-sized biog. Rena Fruchter, herself blessed with comedic skills, delivers you the Dud she knew

Manchester Evening News

An honest and moving account of his later years

Glasgow Herald

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