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The Doris Day Appreciation Thread

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On 6/16/2019 at 1:10 PM, noah80 said:

What Ruth Etting thought about the film Love Me or Leave Me:

Her life was the basis for the fictionalized 1955 film, Love Me or Leave Me, which starred Doris Day (as Etting), James Cagney (as Snyder) and Cameron Mitchell (as Alderman). Etting, Myrl Alderman and Moe Snyder all sold their rights to the story to MGM; Snyder was living in Chicago in 1955. Etting expressed sadness that "the real highlight of my life", her marriage to Alderman, was omitted from the film. Shortly before her death, Etting said she thought the screen portrayal of her was too tough and that Jane Powell would have been a better choice for the lead.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Etting

also...

Along with Ruth Etting and Myrl Alderman, Martin Snyder sold his rights to his story to MGM for the 1955 film Love Me or Leave Me. James Cagney portrayed Snyder in the film, which was a fictionalized biography of Etting, who was played by Doris Day. Snyder was very dissatisfied with the way he was portrayed in the film.

 

i remember in the Ruth Etting chapter in "Ginger, Loretta and Irene Who?" by George Eells which devoted a chapter to a half dozen various actresses of the 30s (most of whom were still alive in the mid-70s), Ruth wasn't happy about how she was portrayed in the film and thought of suing, but decided not to as the publicity would make more people want to see it! Ruth was one of the few actresses that did consent to an interview for the book.

 

The other actresses in the book:Ginger Rogers; Loretta Young; Miriam Hopkins; Kay Francis; and an unknown named Irene Bentley. Very good book if you can find it (probably some library as it's probably out of print).

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In retrospect, I'm very grateful that Doris agreed to share a photo of herself every year for several years.  I knew she did it partly to promote The Doris Day Animal Foundation but still I'm glad she did.

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Doris in 1949 at age 27

 

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https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/05/14/doris-day-was-an-icon-even-to-established-stars/

It was 1999 and Anne Murray was at the South Shore Music Circus performing numbers from her newest CD called “Croonin’,” in which she paid tribute to stars she had grown up idolizing: Patti Page, Gogi Grant, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee.

“I used to sit with my father every Wednesday night watching the Perry Como show, listening to all this wonderful music,” the Canadian-born Murray explained. “That’s how I learned to sing.”

Among her favorites was Doris Day, whose “Secret Love” was selected for the CD, though her perky “Que Sera, Sera” might have been the signature song of that feel-good era.

Each honored artist received a complimentary CD along with a personal fan letter from Anne, who by then was in an orbit of her own, enjoying soaring success.

“I came home one day to hear this message on my answering machine: ‘Hi, Anne. It’s Doris!’ Can you imagine getting that at your home? I was thrilled. So I called her and we made arrangements to meet the next time I played in California.”

Though her own repertoire was by now enormously popular — “Snowbird,” “Danny’s Song,” “Could I Have This Dance?” — Murray arrived at Day’s home not feeling like a fellow headliner but more like a kid getting to meet her hero, a kid about to experience the exquisite joy of meeting someone you’ve always admired and not being disappointed.

They hugged for a long moment, then Murray shared a thought more moving than any lyric she ever caressed.

“It was something I always wanted to say to her, something I always dreamed of telling her,” she remembered. “I said, ‘I know your first love is acting and most of the world thinks of you as a great comedic actress, but I’ve always thought you were one of the finest singers of all time.’

“As Doris looked at me I could see her eyes welling up. It’s so nice to be able to tell people things like that and I’m so glad I did.”

Wherever she was on Monday when news of Day’s death at 97 reached her, here’s hoping Anne Murray had the comfort of knowing she spoke for a lot us.

 

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NONE of those images showed up on my PC Noah.  Sorry.

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14 minutes ago, noah80 said:

https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/05/14/doris-day-was-an-icon-even-to-established-stars/

It was 1999 and Anne Murray was at the South Shore Music Circus performing numbers from her newest CD called “Croonin’,” in which she paid tribute to stars she had grown up idolizing: Patti Page, Gogi Grant, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee.

“I used to sit with my father every Wednesday night watching the Perry Como show, listening to all this wonderful music,” the Canadian-born Murray explained. “That’s how I learned to sing.”

Among her favorites was Doris Day, whose “Secret Love” was selected for the CD, though her perky “Que Sera, Sera” might have been the signature song of that feel-good era.

Each honored artist received a complimentary CD along with a personal fan letter from Anne, who by then was in an orbit of her own, enjoying soaring success.

“I came home one day to hear this message on my answering machine: ‘Hi, Anne. It’s Doris!’ Can you imagine getting that at your home? I was thrilled. So I called her and we made arrangements to meet the next time I played in California.”

Though her own repertoire was by now enormously popular — “Snowbird,” “Danny’s Song,” “Could I Have This Dance?” — Murray arrived at Day’s home not feeling like a fellow headliner but more like a kid getting to meet her hero, a kid about to experience the exquisite joy of meeting someone you’ve always admired and not being disappointed.

They hugged for a long moment, then Murray shared a thought more moving than any lyric she ever caressed.

“It was something I always wanted to say to her, something I always dreamed of telling her,” she remembered. “I said, ‘I know your first love is acting and most of the world thinks of you as a great comedic actress, but I’ve always thought you were one of the finest singers of all time.’

“As Doris looked at me I could see her eyes welling up. It’s so nice to be able to tell people things like that and I’m so glad I did.”

Wherever she was on Monday when news of Day’s death at 97 reached her, here’s hoping Anne Murray had the comfort of knowing she spoke for a lot us.

 

Thanks for sharing that!

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(wonders when Noah80 will run out of Doris Day pictures)

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On 7/26/2019 at 4:47 PM, The Keeper said:

Purchased just after Doris Day passed.

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Is the rose doing well for you? I got it the first year it came out a couple years ago. The July heat killed any blooming, but I'm hoping for more now that the temps have cooled. I have mine in a pot. It keeps it's color. Many yellow roses fade out. I really like it. Has scent too.

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On 5/14/2019 at 1:45 PM, RoyCronin said:

I don't think it's been mentioned by anyone else as one of their favorites, but for some reason I've always been particularly fond of "Young at Heart" with Sinatra.  Maybe because I saw it on Tv as a kid and it left some kind of impression.

This is my favorite Doris Day movie.  (I'm a little late in commenting, I know...)  It's got a great cast:  Day, Sinatra, Dorothy Malone, Gig young, Ethel Barrymore, Robert Keith, Alan Hale, jr.   Day and Sinatra sing, you can't beat that.   She's the cute and bubbly Day people know but she's also good in the dramatic elements, too.  It's a equally as good as the original version with John Garfield.  I wish TCM would play this again soon.  Maybe play both versions.

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2 hours ago, Hibi said:

Is the rose doing well for you? I got it the first year it came out a couple years ago. The July heat killed any blooming, but I'm hoping for more now that the temps have cooled. I have mine in a pot. It keeps it's color. Many yellow roses fade out. I really like it. Has scent too.

I am not the one with the green thumb. In the beginning, the rose was getting too much sunshine. Now it is more mixed. Got some rose food recently, and the leaves are greener. I'm in California and it hasn't been really hot for more than a few days at a time. Too bad I don't live in Carmel, where the rose would be happy for sure. I live closer to Bodega Bay and that's a different star.

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I'd read Doris had several in her yard. (Probably freebies from the hybridizers).

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5 hours ago, Hibi said:

I'd read Doris had several in her yard. (Probably freebies from the hybridizers).

It is a wonderful way to honor our Doris Day. I am honored to have her rose.

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Yes, you would think. Too bad something could not be worked out that a portion of the purchase would go to her animal charity.

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Ryan-Melcher-mother-Jacqueline.jpg

a rare photo of Ryan (Doris' only grandchild and also not in her will) with his mother

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