Considering Doris Day
The biggest female box office attraction in Hollywood history, Doris Day remains unequalled as the only entertainer who has ever triumphed in movies, radio, recordings, and a multi-year weekly television series. America's favorite girl next door may have projected a wholesome image that led Oscar Levant to quip "I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin," but in Considering...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
(first published March 20th 2007)
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Feb 04, 2008 Rekha rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Do you love Doris Day? Is there a part of you that feels embarrassed of your love? Be shamed no longer, friends. This book argues Doris' case and makes a pretty damn good one. When all of her accomplishments are lined up in a row and examined, we are made aware that Doris was amazingly groundbreaking and far from the "eternal virgin" archetype that she is now remembered for. Many of her roles were less than prudish and her accomplishments as a singer and entertainer are unparalled even today. In...more
Very thorough. Maybe it's me, but the section on music seemed to drag. I think maybe that was due to my having a hard time reading about music. Really enjoyed the section on her television series as that brought back memories.
Two stars since it is about Doris Day and that the author likes Doris Day. Otherwise, I wasn't impressed. It is marketed as a biography, but really the bulk of the content is the author analyzing her performances. Additionally, I wasn't into the author's voice. It seems as if he was trying to have a relaxed writing style, but the casualness and colloquiality come across as forced. He also wrote a bio about Barbra Streisand so it is understandable that he would compare the two performers, but it...more
Perhaps the most common way to tell the story of someone's life is to begin at the beginning and end up at the end. Tom Santopietro took a somewhat different approach to his biography of Doris Day. He divided it into three large parts and a smaller one. The first "chapter" is 158 pages concerning her work in films; the second is 70 pages on her recordings; and the last is 58 pages on her work on television. Appropriately, he concludes the book with a consideration of her work fo... (show more)
Very detailed overview of Day's film, recording and television work. Each of her films, albums and television appearances are discussed in detail. Not really a biography as such. An entertaining and welcome discussion of Day's career, placing it in perspective, and championing her sometimes groundbreaking, almost always memorable, talent.