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Friday, 19 November, 1999, 21:51 GMT
Ovation for ailing Dudley
Fighting back: Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews at the concert
Dudley Moore received a standing ovation from an American audience when he made his first stage appearance since he revealed he was suffering from a incurable brain disease.

The British actor and musician was on crutches as he was helped onto the stage at the Park Hyatt Hotel, Philadelphia.

He sat alongside Julie Andrews to read poetry by Ogden Nash at a benefit concert for a charity, Music For All Seasons.

"It was very important to be here. It's a continuation of life," he said.

Dudley Moore revealed his illness in September
At the start of the half-hour reading, Moore, 64, had difficulty speaking and looked disoriented. But after about 10 minutes he began to ad-lib lines and nod his head in time with the music.

Before he was taken away in a wheelchair, he said: "It was marvellous to be back on stage - just wonderful."

He went on to attend a fundraising event to launch his Dudley Moore Research Fund, created to find a cure for PSP.

In September Moore, best known for his partnership with Peter Cook and the Arthur films, announced he had progressive supranuclear palsy - PSP - an illness similar to Parkinson's disease which makes it hard for him to walk, speak and eat.

He is now undergoing therapy at a clinic in New Jersey.

The event was also a welcome appearance for Julie Andrews. The Sound Of Music star has not sung in public since a 1996 operation to remove nodules in her throat.

She read a story written by a 19-year-old concert winner, and told reporters she felt fine.

See also:

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