Monday, August 11, 2008

The legendary Doris Day

I just finished reading David A. Kaufman's excellent biography on Doris titled, Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door. As a kid, I loved watching The Doris Day Show, and as an adult I grew to appreciate what a wonderful singer and movie actress she was. If you love Doris Day or even if you're just a fan of 'old Hollywood', I highly recommend this book. It's a very entertaining and in-depth look at one of the biggest movie and singing stars of the 20th century. Below is an excerpt from Liz Thomas's recent article about the living legend.

Liz Thomas writes:
She enchanted a generation with her golden locks, pretty face and wholesome image. Today it is only those trademark tresses that offer a clue to her identity. Doris Day, 84, has changed her name to Clara Kappelhoff and turned her back on Hollywood to live a reclusive lifestyle in rural California. Seen out shopping with a female friend in her hometown of Carmel, it is hard to believe she was one of the most prolific actresses of the 1950s and 60s. Her face is devoid of make-up, her hair is untidy and she is dressed in jogging bottoms and trainers.

In her heyday she starred in films such as Pillow Talk (co-starring Rock Hudson) Calamity Jane, Young At Heart and The Man Who Knew Too Much, in which she sang Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be). However, the star has kept out of the limelight in recent years, even more so since her only son Terry, from the first of her four marriages, died of cancer in 2004 aged 62. An animal rights campaigner, she lives alone on her 11-acre fortress-like ranch.