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EntertainmentBeneath wholesome image, Doris Day was an actor of depth

03:55  14 may  2019
03:55  14 may  2019 Source:   ap.org

Reactions to the death of Doris Day

Reactions to the death of Doris Day Tributes to Doris Day, who died Monday at age 97 . "Oh Ms. Day, A Cincinnati girl just like me. How many letters I drafted to you and didn't send. I could never get it right but they all said the same thing, I love you. Millions did and do. Godspeed. RIP" — Sarah Jessica Parker, via Instagram. "I had the privilege of hanging out with her on a few occasions. Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style.

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal-welfare activist. She began her career as a big-band singer in 1939

The actor , who has died aged 97, worked with the greats of Hollywood’s golden era and rivalled the The face of Doris Day , eerily beautiful in all its buttery-blond wholesomeness , beamed over Hollywood in Day ’s career was a roll call of studio-era greatness. She worked with Michael Curtiz

Beneath wholesome image, Doris Day was an actor of depth© The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1989 file photo, actress and animal rights activist Doris Day poses for photos after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award she was presented with at the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Day, whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in '60s films, has died, her foundation says. She was 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday, May 13, 2019, at her Carmel Valley, California, home. (AP Photo, File) The very name "Doris Day," cheerful as a sunrise on a studio lot, was an invention.

The beloved singer and actress, who died Monday at 97 , was a contemporary of Marilyn Monroe but seemed to exist in a lost and parallel world of sexless sex comedies and the carefree ways of "Que Sera, Sera" ("Whatever Will Be, Will Be"). She helped embody the manufactured innocence of the 1950s, a product even she didn't believe in.

A look back at Doris Day's husbands

A look back at Doris Day's husbands As Doris Day sadly dies from pneumonia aged 97, we take a look back at her turbulent personal life including her rocking marriages to her four husbands. Blonde bombshell Doris Day made her fame and fortune embodying a wholesome persona in 1950s and '60s Hollywood. But away from the silver screen, Doris led a more colourful and at times, turbulent, personal life – one that included four rocky marriages. Following the iconic star's death from pneumonia on Monday, aged 97, we take a look back at some of the men Doris shared her life with. Al Jorden At just 16, Doris met trombonist Al Jorden.

Actor and singer whose wholesome image made her one of Hollywood’s top box-office stars of the 1950s and 60s.

The star of a string of successful film musicals was also known for her work as an animal welfare activist.

"I'm tired of being thought of as Miss Goody Twoshoes .... I'm not the All-American Virgin Queen, and I'd like to deal with the true, honest story of who I really am," she said in 1976, when her tell-all memoir "Doris Day: Her Own Story" chronicled her money troubles and failed marriages.

There was more to her, and to her career, than not sleeping with the leading man. She gave acclaimed performances in "Love Me or Leave Me," the story of songstress Ruth Etting, and in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "The Man Who Knew Too Much." Longing ballads such as "Blame My Absent Minded Heart" led critic Gary Giddins to call her "the coolest and sexiest female singer of slow-ballads in movie history."

But millions loved her for her wholesome, blond beauty, and for her string of slick, stylish comedies, beginning with her Oscar-nominated role in "Pillow Talk" in 1959. She and Rock Hudson were two New Yorkers who shared a telephone party line. She followed with "The Thrill of It All," playing a housewife who gains fame as a TV pitchwoman to the chagrin of husband James Garner.

Doris Day's grandson says her manager blocked him from seeing her

Doris Day's grandson says her manager blocked him from seeing her Doris Day's grandson spoke out after the Hollywood icon's death, alleging that her longtime manager barred her from seeing him. In a lengthy, heart-wrenching Facebook post, Ryan Melcher — Day's grandson from her only son, Terry Melcher — revealed he wasn't in contact with Day for years due to her manager Bob Bashara's alleged interference.

Doris Day , a singer and actor who personified wholesome American womanhood in the 1950s and 1960s – memorably as the chaste but chased Despite working with Hitchcock, Day was far more drawn to comedies, in which she cemented her onscreen persona as the modern working woman

The actor , singer and animal welfare activist has died at the age of 97. Here are some of your memories and tributes.

Her on-screen chastity was a gag for comedians, but not audiences. The nation's theater owners voted her the top moneymaking star in 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964.

It was an easy punchline which would unjustly overwhelm her name and legacy for younger generations who would come to know her only through jokes at the inherent un-coolness of having such a pure image. As with Monroe's reductive labeling, it denied, or at least dismissed, the talent behind it all.

In reality, Day was one of the most natural born movie stars ever to grace the screen, beloved by co-stars and directors for her raw gift, honesty and charisma. Director Michael Curtiz advised her against taking acting lessons. Garner told Vanity Fair that she was the "Fred Astaire of comedy."

5 Things You Didn't Know About Doris Day: From Rejecting Her 'America's Virgin' Image to Not Knowing Her Age

5 Things You Didn't Know About Doris Day: From Rejecting Her 'America's Virgin' Image to Not Knowing Her Age Here's five things you might not have known about the late Hollywood star. She didn't know her correct age until 2017: Day thought she would be turning 93 in 2017, but the Associated Press obtained a copy of the actress' birth certificate from Ohio's Office of Vital Statistics, which confirmed that Day was born on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, making her actually 95. © Bettmann / Getty Images Bettmann / Getty Images "I've always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays," Day said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

American actress and singer Doris Day , whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in 1960s films, has died, her foundation says. Day was known as a honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the

To listen to Doris Day ’s voice feels like watching rays of sunshine break through the clouds. Its warmth and openness invites you to share in her wistful Doris Day tribute: American icon was much more than her wholesome image . After the death of the Hollywood actress and singer aged 97, Clarisse

"Whether it was Rock Hudson or Rod Taylor or me or whoever," Garner said, "We all looked good because we were dancing with Clara Bixby," using one of the actress' nicknames.

Her last film was "With Six You Get Eggroll," a 1968 comedy about a widow and a widower and the problems they have when blending their families. It was that year that her third husband, Martin Melcher, who was as widely disliked as she was liked, died, and she retired from movies and turned to television. "The Doris Day Show" was a moderate success in its 1968-1973 run on CBS.

Melcher, who she married in 1951, left her deeply in debt. During their time together, he became her manager and often received producing credits on her movies, much to the irritation of her co-stars, like Garner, who thought of him as a no-talent hustler.

In her autobiography, Day recalled her son Terry Melcher, telling her that the $20 million she had earned had vanished and she owed around $450,000, mostly for taxes. In 1974, Day won a $22.8 million judgment against her lawyer and business manager for mishandling of her and Melcher's assets.

Five things you didn’t know about Doris Day

Five things you didn’t know about Doris Day American icon dies at the age of 97 after contracting pneumonia

Singing and movie star Doris Day has died at the age of 97. Best known for songs such as Que Sera, Sera and musicals including Calamity Jane, Day was also a an animal rights campaigner. Main image : Doris Day in Pillow Talk Photograph: John Springer Collection/Corbis. Mon 13 May 2019

Doris Day , who has died aged 97, was cast so frequently in roles requiring her to assume an air of cheerful chastity that the film composer Oscar Levant was once prompted to boast that he had met her “before she was a virgin”.

She turned her attentions wholly to the welfare of animals, which would occupy her for the rest of her life. There were a few would-be comebacks in the early 80s that never came to be, including a "Pillow Talk" sequel. She was also offered "Murder, She Wrote," and fielded many other requests too only to ultimately withdraw.

Day briefly returned to television in 1985 for the short-lived, animal-focused show "Doris Day's Best Friends," which aired on the Christian Broadcast Network. It is remembered mostly for her first guest, her old friend and oft-co-star Rock Hudson. It was the first time that the world had seen his much-altered appearance, and days later he became the one of the first celebrities to publicly acknowledge that he had AIDS. He died that year.

"I still miss him," she told People Magazine in 2015. "I think the reason people liked our movies is because they could tell how much we liked each other. It came across that way on screen. He was a good friend."

Although Day was absent from the screen for decades, she was not forgotten. In 2004 she was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom, which she said she was grateful for but didn't accept in person because she "didn't fly." That unwillingness to travel also prevented her from getting a Kennedy Center Honor and others.

Doris Day didn't want to accept death

Doris Day didn't want to accept death Doris Day struggled to think about the fact she'd eventually pass away because she didn't want to leave her animals.

— Doris Day , the box-office queen and singing star whose wholesome , all-American image belied an often-turbulent personal life, has died, her The actress passed away early Monday surrounded by a few close friends at her Carmel Valley home, according to the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

Doris Day , whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in 1960s films, has died, her foundation says. She was known for her honey-voiced singing and was an actor whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among

She still had enough of a following that a 2011 collection of previously unreleased songs, "My Heart" hit the top 10 in the United Kingdom. The same year, she received a lifetime achievement honor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Friends and supporters lobbied for years to get her an honorary Oscar.

Born Doris von Kappelhoff, her dreams of a dance career ended at age 12 when a car she was in was hit by a train and her leg was badly broken. Listening to the radio while recuperating, she began singing along with Ella Fitzgerald to try to learn the subtleties of her voice.

Day began singing in a Cincinnati radio station, then a local nightclub, then in New York. A bandleader changed her name to Day, after the song "Day after Day," to fit it on a marquee.

A marriage at 17 to trombonist Al Jorden ended when, she said, he beat her when she was eight months pregnant. She gave birth to son Terry, who later took his stepfather's name, in 1942.

Her first musical hit was the 1945 smash "Sentimental Journey," when she was barely in her 20s, singing with Les Brown's band.

She played a singer in her first film, Curtiz's "Romance on the High Seas," in 1948.

Day married a fourth time at age 52, to Barry Comden, who was a maitre d' in Beverly Hills, in 1976. They divorced in 1981. She lived in Monterey, California, devoting much of her time to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, and battling sensational reports that she'd become a broke recluse and a "bag lady."

"Considering Doris Day" author Tom Santopietro told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 that the tabloid speculations weren't at all true, however.

"I think Doris Day has been happier in retirement than at any other point of her life," he said.

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Beneath wholesome image, Doris Day was an actor of depth

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