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Considering Doris Day

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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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Kevin
Aug 29, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Following his witty overview of Streisand's career in "The Importance of Being Barbra" (2005), Tom Santopietro turns to Doris Day and delivers a sharp-eyed, carefully researched career evaluation that also convincingly rebukes many modern misconceptions about her pristine screen persona and status as a singer.

With the exception of That Touch of Mink ("a film nearly devoid of wit or humor"), most of Day's onscreen characters were far from eternal virgins; they were proto-feminist icons ranging f
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Rekha
Feb 04, 2008 Rekha rated it really liked it
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
Courtney
Aug 08, 2007 Courtney rated it it was ok
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
Hope
Jan 17, 2016 Hope rated it liked it
Didn't finish. I really *wanted* to like this, since I like Doris Day's onscreen persona and think she is enormously talented. But Santopietro's writing is both dry and too casual at the same time. I also don't agree with many of his remarks on Day's films--he's wrong about That Touch of Mink! I think this could have been condensed into a slim volume (I'm thinking of a book about Agatha Christie's writing, 'Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?', which I read recently) that touched on the themes and ...more
Stephen
Aug 04, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it
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)
Karl
Oct 15, 2008 Karl rated it really liked it
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.
DEVON RAINS
Jun 26, 2016 DEVON RAINS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The brilliant Doris Day

A charming book that concentrates not on her personal life but her artistic output. Development, big bands, Recordings, movies, television and activism. Doris Day is my favorite singer and I've read so much about her but still I learned so much more. With this approach. Worth reading if you love her!
Mary Pauline
Apr 30, 2014 Mary Pauline rated it really liked it
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.
Ken
Oct 07, 2010 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love Doris day but know nothing about her, this is the book to read because it covers everything and I mean, everything. A fan's dream !
Angela Joyce
Jul 30, 2016 Angela Joyce rated it really liked it
Witty and worshipful book... this author will have you know that Doris Day is SEXY! Well, I would never have argued otherwise, OK?
Lindsay
Sep 16, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
It's been a few years since I read this, and I remember i was drawn to it purely based on the cover. I remember liking it, but i should probably reread it again sometime
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More of a review of her career in chronological order. Not much depth on Doris herself.
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