Thursday, July 16, 2009
Endearing biography of Doris Day
Title: Doris Day: the untold story of the girl next door
By: David Kaufman
Are you a "Dayniac" too? This biography is so much more than just the usual tell-all book about America's sweetheart Doris Day with the superb voice and acting career. This book will give you the real low-down on her smarmy manager/husband, Marty Melcher. Miss Day was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, her records making a lot of money for everyone, and we hear how producers, directors, studio musicians, and fellow actors respected her professionalism. But it was Marty Melcher who loaded her schedule with film projects leaving Miss Day with no time for herself and more importantly, no say in the matter. The result was that she was a victim of bad investments. This book has lots of great photographs. A good portion of the final chapters deal with Miss Day's founding of her Doris Day Animal Foundation. Learn about her friendship with Rock Hudson and bringing attention to AIDS and the need to find a cure. This will make you want to watch her old movies again, such as the classics: "The Pajama Game," Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much," or "That Touch of Mink." Check them out at your local library branch!