'Reclusive' Eddie Murphy getting Oscar buzz for Dolemite Is My Name

These days, Eddie Murphy comes out of hiding only occasionally, and this year it is for the acclaimed Netflix movie Dolemite Is My Name. PHOTO: AP
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LOS ANGELES - When you are one of the biggest Hollywood stars and then vanish from view, you run the risk of people calling you a recluse.

And while actor Eddie Murphy rejects that label - saying, in a 2011 Rolling Stone profile, that he is simply a "semi-retired gentleman of leisure" and a "homebody" who avoids Hollywood parties - he has largely disappeared from the public eye since his 1980s and 1990s heyday.

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