Show Business: Cuddly Dudley, the Wee Wonder

Hollywood embraces a most unlikely romantic lead

When he was six or seven and spending many of his days in British hospitals, a nurse gave Dudley Moore a good-night kiss. Her name was Pat, and 40 years later he can still feel the imprint of her lips on his cheek. He describes it in Proustian terms. "I almost spin when I think of it," he says. "She was truly an angel of mercy, and that kiss was probably the first taste of real, unqualified, uncomplicated affection I had ever had. In many ways my entire...

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