Date: 17th February 2001
Ailing actor DUDLEY MOORE has penned a letter to BAFTA members inviting them to buy tickets to his 66th Birthday celebration concert - because he doesn't want any riff raff in attendance.
The ARTHUR comic, who is battling the motorneurone disease supranuclear palsy, showed that his sense of humour is still in intact by telling members of the British film award to snap up tickets "before they go on sale to the riff raff on 23 February (01)." The evening, which will be hosted by "a Dame and a Sir" - Moore's pals JULIE ANDREWS and MICHAEL CAINE - will include appearances and performances by Moore's 10 co-star BO DEREK, CHEVY CHASE, ERIC IDLE, LAUREN BACALL and MARY TYLER MOORE.
Moore adds, "I've already instructed my lawyers to put these stars on notice with regard to telling any far-fetched tales about working with me!" But the ARTHUR star, who is now confined to a wheelchair, admits he's devastated that he won't be playing his beloved piano to guests, who will be entertained by a special performance of one of his compositions. Moore writes, "Unfortunately, I will not be on stage that evening, but will be happily enjoying the proceedings from a seat in the house." (LE/DV/RP)