Media flak about Jacqueline du PreNews
The British actress, Miriam Margolyes, famed for her Harry Potter role and her tattling media profile, has claimed in a memoir that her former therapist administered euthenasia to the cellist Jacqueline du Pre, who was dying of multiple sclerosis.
According to Margolyes, Du Pre rang the therapist to request a mercy killing.
Margolyes relates the gossip with relish. It has no foundation in fact.
While writing about an unpleasant memoir written by members of her family more than 20 years ago, I interviewed at least six people who were close to Du Pré in her suffering years. They assured me that, towards the end, Jackie was physically and mentally incapable of picking up a phone to request anything.
Margolyes and her memoir deserve no intelligent attention.