Maurice Woodruff

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Maurice Woodruff (2 April 1916 – 28 January 1973) was an English clairvoyant and astrologer, born and raised in London. He achieved considerable fame both in his native England and internationally due to the perceived accuracy of his predictions. He presented his predictions to the public via newspapers and also via stage, cabaret and television appearances. His mother was the clairvoyant Vera "Woody" Woodruff.[citation needed]

In addition to his appearances on British television, Maurice hosted the hour-long program, Maurice Woodruff Predicts, on American TV for a short run in 1969. He authored several books including The secrets of foretelling your own future (1969), Probing the unknown: The personal experiences of a psychic (1971), and Woody (1967), a biographical account of his mother's colourful life and career. He had a considerable number of private clients including several well-known celebrities. One of his most famous clients was the actor Peter Sellers, who was apparently reluctant to make any major career or life decisions without a consultation.[citation needed]

Stephen Fry portrayed Woodruff in the 2004 film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

Woodruff was open about his homosexuality and had a long-term relationship with his manager Harry Arnold. He died in January 1973 after suffering a heart attack, aged 56, on a lecture tour in Singapore.

His ashes were returned to Britain where they were interred at Golders Green Crematorium. A memorial plaque was erected in the West Courtyard at the end of the columbarium there.

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