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Bernard and Doris (TV)

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Original title
Bernard and Doris (TV)
Running time
103 min.
United States United States
Hugh Costello
Alex Wurman
Mauricio Rubinstein
Warner Bros., Little Bird Productions, Burnside Entertainment. Distributor: HBO
Drama | TV Movie
Highlighted by award-caliber performances by two of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors, this intimate HBO Films drama tells the hypothetical, behind-the-scenes story of tobacco heiress Doris Duke and her Irish butler Bernard Lafferty, showing how their relationship could have morphed from a strict employee-employer contract into something much deeper. As the film speculates, after arriving at the doorstep of Duke's mansion in 1987, Bernard slowly earned his way into the heiress' confidence, becoming her confidante and flamboyant companion at home and on trips, all while handling the affairs of her household. Their bond became so strong that it even survived Bernard's relapse into alcohol abuse, during which he was forced to take a sabbatical to go into rehab. By the time Duke died in 1993, Bernard was back at her side, remaining her most trusted advisor and dearest friend, despite skepticism about his financial motives from businessmen, lawyers and doctors in her inner circle.

2008: Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Ralph Fiennes), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Susan Sarandon).
2008: Emmy: 10 Nominations, Including Best TV Movie, Actor and Actress
2008: 3 Nominations for Golden Globe, including Best miniserie o Movie for TV
2008: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best TV Movie
2008: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director (Miniseries/TV Movie)
2008: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actor & Actress in Miniseries/TV
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