Bernard And Doris

Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Bob Balaban
Production: HBO
  Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 29 nominations.
102 min

She most certainly is.

May I pack you a bag?

Yes, you may.

Right, ma'am.

Um, will it be the Vuitton?


How about this little one here?

That's fine.

And you could put in...

three bed jackets,

three nightgowns,

my gold slippers.

My smalls are right here.

And the Agatha Christie,

wherever that is.

Might it be in the bedroom?

I hope so.

Guess I'll go...

Here it is.

Oh, it's great, you have

the complete Miss Marple collection.

I love it.

A little help with this necklace.

It's a beautiful piece.

Yes, it is.

If I may be permitted, ma'am, I just...


That was a lovely performance.

- What are you talking about?

- At the board meeting.


Simply the flatness

of the landscape.

It... it was extremely flat, yes.

Those men can't help it

if they live in a world of beige.

But you don't, do you?

- What's that, ma'am?

- Live in a world of beige.

Well, I live in

other people's worlds,

so if their world is beige,

then I suppose that...

- that my world is beige.

- Mm-hm.


Why all of a sudden

the Deco coffee pot?

Well, I...

I prefer the Cristoff.

Well, it... it won't

happen again, ma'am.

- I'm sorry.

- I'm sure.

Send the Aubusson back

to Newport.

- It looks dreadful here.

- I will, ma'am.

Make sure they're

not drinking my booze.

And I want him gone

by the time I get back.


Have a safe trip, ma'am.

Good day, sir.

Mr. Lafferty?

Mr. Lafferty?

It's ours, we bought it.

- Yes.

- Oh sure, I know.

- Would you like some?

- No, thanks.

I'm good, thanks.

It's good.

It's from Argentina.

- Oh... great.

- Yes.

- Very good.

- Miss Duke, she like to drink.

- Oh...

- All the time.

I'm sure she does.


- Is she okay?

- No.

Miss Duke?

Get me a damn drink,

will you, please?

Yes, ma'am.

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