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Sympathetic look loosely based on the relationship between tobacco heiress, Doris Duke (1912-1993) - think Duke University - and her shy butler, Bernard Lafferty. The icy and mercurial Duke fires her butler for serving a chilled cantaloupe; the agency sends Lafferty, formerly household staff to Liz Taylor and to Peggy Lee. He's an alcoholic, fresh out of rehab. He gradually becomes Duke's gay alter ego as she romps through life sleeping with young men, making shrewd decisions quickly, managing her fortune and orchids as Lafferty manages her New Jersey estate. With a wine cellar to die for, Bernard falls off the wagon. Can he pull himself together when Doris needs him?

  1. Bob Balaban

    Director

  2. Hugh Costello

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Susan Sarandon

    Susan Sarandon

    Doris Duke

  2. Ralph Fiennes

    Ralph Fiennes

    Bernard Lafferty

  3. Peter Asher

    Peter Asher

    First Butler

  4. Don Harvey

    Don Harvey

    Security Guard

  5. Chris Bauer

    Chris Bauer

    Chef

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Bernard and Doris
Bernard and Doris

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  • February 9, 2008
    TV

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 43m

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