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  1. There were preliminary discussions about the possibility of John Wayne co-starring in "Josie" because the film was directed by his good friend, Andrew McLaglen. The title would also have been changed to "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch". Martin Melcher puts the kibosh on that quickly, however. If Wayne had come on-board, his production company would have also co-produced with Melcher's Arwin Productions. In addition, Wayne wanted some major rewriting of the script to give his character more to do. Then there was the matter of Wayne's salary. For Melcher, he saw the budget doubling or better which would have mean it needed to recoup much more before showing a profit for Arwin and he was unwilling to discuss it beyond prelims. Of course ultimately there was no profit to be made and the film took a hefty loss. Had Wayne been the co-star, there's a good chance that the teaming of Day and Wayne and some changes in the script, might have resulted in a very profitable enterprise for all involved.
  2. Regarding the matter of Doris Day's age. Doris Day always knew she was born on April 3, 1922. That is the date on her marriage certificates and on her son's birth certificate (1942). There was never a question about that. When she signed with Warner Brothers in 1947 it was the decision of the studio to change her date of birth. In a Memorandum, several issues were raised out of concern for how to handle the new "property". The age of 25 was considered a little mature for starting a film career and so the decision was made to make her date of birth 1924, thus making her a 23 year old new contract player. The other issues raised were how to market someone who was already in their second marriage, which was faltering and had a then five year old son. The last two matters were to be further discussed. I have the original Memorandum in my possession as part of my research for my forthcoming book, "More Than Freckles: The Amazing Career of Doris Day". In all the years I personally knew Doris, she never balked from discussing her date of birth privately. We had dinner in Carmel in 1987, shortly after she had turned 65. She had discussed with her biographer, A.E. Hotchner, revealing the real date in her mid-70's book, "Doris Day: her Own Story" but was talked out of it. In a similar vein, Time Magazine had planned a cover story around her in 1964 to both note her 40th birthday and the upcoming release of her third film with Rock Hudson. Their research easily found that she had been born in 1922 and they briefly considered calling the story, "Doris Day, 42, Turns 40!". Marty Melcher applied pressure via Rogers and Cowan to get the story squashed. Doris even graciously agreed to allow me to use our picture for the cover of a book I wrote some years back. She was a gracious, honest and loyal friend.
  3. In that Closer Collectors Edition I counted 32 incorrect pieces of information and was barely half way through. The date will NEVER be corrected. In 1964 Time Magazine planned to do a cover story about the, then, number one box-office attraction in films turning 40. While researching the story they came upon school records and other information that clearly indicated the 1922 date. Someone at the magazine jokingly suggested they title the piece, "Doris Day, 42 turns 40!". Marty Melcher put the kibosh on the piece and it never saw the light of "Day" (pun intended). While the reality that she's alive and fairly healthy and about to turn 95 would be something very admirable, it won't happen. Once Warner Brothers cast the 1924 date in stone - that was it. That became the reality. She's an extremely nice person who is extremely sensitive about the two year difference and so it has remained. Her late son Terry tried to get her to acknowledge the correct date with no success. It is the one area in which she is immovable. Because she led a very low-key life by Hollywood standards, writers that knew the truth like Bob Thomas, Vernon Scott and others, allowed the 1924 date to go unquestioned. Decades ago when classmates were interviewed for various stories, they were all about 2 years older than their classmate, Doris, until Marty began to make sure that ages were never a part of such recollections.
  4. However, the Baptismal Records for the Catholic Church in which she was baptized, indicate her Baptism as happening in 1922 along with scores of others Baptized that year. It would have been impossible to Baptize a baby not yet born or to go back and insert a name years after the fact. It was Warner Brothers who changed the date of birth in 1947 after she signed with them. There are Memos from the Publicity Department noting this. They did not want their new starlet being 25 years of age. As with many other stars (June Allyson, Irene Dunne, Claudette Colbert, etc.) facts were conveniently changed to benefit the marketing of new personalities. One Memo even notes the studio's concern about Miss Day having been married twice and having a five year old son at the time. One individual "suggested" we make her a war widow, left with a young son. It was easier in those days to conceal facts even though, in 1947, Miss Day had already been performing professionally for 8 years. Newspaper stories regarding her 1937 auto accident in which the car she was riding in was struck by a train, note her age as 15 and this was two years prior to her first professional singing gig. When she entered First Grade, the school records also indicate her being born in 1922.
  5. With regard to the number of times Miss Day has voted in a Presidential Election, she noted in an interview with Fredda Dudley Balling a columnist from many years ago, that "The first time I voted was in the 1944 election and I proudly voted for Roosevelt......"
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  7. Regarding Doris Day's date of birth - It actually was not Miss Day who made the change from 1922 to 1924. When she signed her Warners contract in 1947, she was 25. The studio decided that they wanted their new player to be 23 - therefore she would be 24 in 1948 when her first film would be released, not the real 26. That seemed a tad old in those days for a new star to be starting out. Doris who didn't like confrontation or putting her studio in a bad light, went along with it and in those days it was easy enough to do. Although she'd been performing professionally for more than 7 years, her fame was not the kind that being a movie star would bring. In 1964 a national magazine decided to feature Doris on their cover. It would be to promote the upcoming 3rd Day-Hudson film, "Send Me No Flowers", it would be to mark Day's continued reign as number one box-office star and would note her 40th birthday and how unusual it was in America at that time to have someone 40 still playing leading lady roles and having such a level of success. While researching the piece they discovered her Baptismal records, signed by the Parish Priest in 1922, which would have been impossible had she been born in 1924. They also discovered her first grade enrollment papers ALL indicating 1922 as her date of birth. In addition, newspaper reports about her train/car accident, s couple of years prior to her first professional singing engagement, indicated the correct age (15) in 1937. The magazine then decided to sarcastically call the story "Doris Day, 42, turns 40!" Needless to say when Marty Melcher got wind of it he and the powers to be at Universal (which was releasing "Flowers") put pressure to have the story halted, and it was.
  8. That would be the 1965 American International release, "Ski Party" starring Frankie Avalon, Dawyne Hickman and Deborah Walley.
  9. "Lights" has NEVER been released on DVD although when it opened in the summer of 1968, it was a very popular. During it's 6 week engagement at Radio City Music Hall it broke house records during the first two weeks with Variety noting it's $ 278,000 week opener was "The largest one week gross for any one picture at any one theatre in history....." The film co-stars Robert Morse, Patrick O' Neal, Terry Thomas and features Lola Albright, Jim Backus, Steve Allen, Ben Blue and Pat Paulsen. It was released about 6 weeks before the release of Miss Day's 39th and final film, "With Six You Get Eggroll" which was one of the top ten grossing films of Miss Day's 39 titles.
  10. Actually Doris Day has a second leading man still alive - Robert Morse, the top-billed male actor in the 1968 MGM comedy, "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?"
  11. Louis Jourdan the star of numerous films and the man who terrorized Doris Day in the 1956 thriller, "Julie", although for many years they lived across the street from one another on North Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills, has passed away. http://variety.com/2015/film/news/louis-jourdan-star-of-octopussy-gigi-dies-at-93-1201434557/
  12. Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier co-starred in four films between 1929 and 1934, including two that were nominated for Best Picture Oscars.
  13. The 14th of January marked the 50th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Jeanette MacDonald at the age of 61. Whether in the delightful and slightly risqué Lubitsch comedies or the latter MGM musicals, she made a huge contribution to music in films. Even if you don't like that style of singing, she was a talented and unique presence in nearly 30 films over a twenty year period. Here's the link to a tribute I paid to her: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/01/jeanette-macdonald-50-years-later-the-music-continues-paul-e-brogans-memories-and-continued-admiration-of-a-hollywood-legend/
  14. Actually Robert Morse, Miss Day's leading man in MGM's 1968, "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?" is also alive and still working.
  15. A very interesting topic with some extremely diverse and well thought out responses. I just discovered it today and wanted to make a comment on one of the first posts on the topic. It references Eleanor Powell's homage to Bill Robinson in the film, "Honolulu". It should be noted that the Godparents to Miss Powell's son by actor Glenn Ford, Peter Ford, are Bill Robinson and Pearl Bailey, two of Miss Powell's closest friends. I was fortunate to know "Ellie" and she often talked about the work she put into the Robinson number in "Honolulu" and consulting with him in order to get it just right. He was delighted with the end result and deeply honored by the tribute. She had enough clout that she would not have done the number had it now been done for the right reasons - as a tribute to someone she cared about deeply.
  16. I too saw it in a theatre, which was actually quite crowded as I recall. It grossed about 11 million which, in 1980 was not shameful. One of the trades noted at the time that it was the biggest grossing film featuring Elizabeth Taylor since 1967's "The Taming of the Shrew". Clearly, however, they were not including 1974's "That's Entertainment" in which Miss Taylor was a narrator. As I remember it, not having seen it since 1980, in one scene Elizabeth looks in the mirror at herself and extolls, "Bags, bags go away, come again on Doris Day" and the camera quickly cuts to Rock for a reaction shot.
  17. It works for me just fine and I am watching it now....thank you for providing it!!
  18. Here is a link to the recently recorded piece that Doris Day did on Rock: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Doris-Day-Shares-Vivid-Memories-Of-Rock-Hudson-Their-Projects-Together-20140603#
  19. I recognize that there are some who do not care for the Day-Hudson comedies or are seeing them from a different perspective. However, they would certainly qualify as "Good Movies" and the response they received upon their release would justify that title. "Pillow Talk" and "Lover Come Back" were massive box-office successes, received mostly glowing reviews, were named as among by top ten films of their respective years by numerous critics and received multiple Oscar nominations. If you view them without preconceived notions or allowing the sometimes cynical and snide remarks that some have made during the intervening years, they remain very, very funny thanks to good scripts, fine supporting casts but most especially the great chemistry that Day and Hudson have. Something happens when they are together and clearly that spilled over into their personal friendship since I recall a joint interview they did from Carmel in May of 1983 for "Good Morning America". The 20 minute sequence was almost as delightful as one of their big-screen comedies. I am not trying to say that their films are for everyone but they do hold up better than some would dare admit. I teach a film class at a college and as part of a class in April screened the 1964 Day-Hudson comedy, "Send Me No Flowers". Out of the class of 29, only 2 had seen the film previously and even I was stunned by the laughter and enjoyment the class experienced while watching the picture and the enthusiastic applause that greeted the film. Several students even told me afterwards variations of "Now that was a funny film and what a great pairing. I've always avoided Doris Day and Rock Hudson films because I was told they were "uncool'. Nothing could be further from the truth....." So in my personal opinion, Rock did make some "good movies". While his career may have never included that great, defining picture that some stars have made - often in more than one instance - he did make much more than a handful that are worthy of note and that, in some instances, continue to entertain or intrigue ("Seconds" for instance).
  20. The Doris Day from "Susan and God" is no relation to the Doris Day of film fame in the 50's and 60's. That Doris Day never appeared in a play on-stage at any point in her career although she did appear on stage with the Les Brown Band during the 1940's with great frequency after beginning her professional career in Ohio in 1939 as a singer. At the time "Susan and God" was playing on Broadway (1937) Doris Day was spending a year recuperating from a serious accident in which the car she was riding in was hit by a train, shattering her leg.
  21. In addition, Time Magazine's review of "Broadway Melody of 1936" noted that the film "...confirms her status as the world's greatest female tap dancer...."
  22. FYI - " In 1965 the Dance Masters of America bestowed upon her the title of World?s Greatest Tap Dancer."
  23. It should be that way and you are correct about Irene Dunne. Why this multi-nominee was never given an Honorary Oscar is a mystery that remains. She did receive some awards for her humanitarian efforts and work for the Catholic Church but the industry she loved so much neglected her. As for Doris, she didn't have to show-up for her Honorary Grammy award nor her award from the L.A. Film Critics two or three years ago when her two time director, Norman Jewison accepted. She did speak, via an audio hook-up, to the assembled group. It would be nice if the Academy did recognize her but I think, again, without an appearance, they won't do it. In addition, the efforts of some via Facebook campaigns to secure the award have backfired and only made the Academy dig in their heels further about not offering it again. They note, fairly, that it is not a popularity contest - it is not the People's Choice Award or a Facebook campaign to get someone to be the host of SNL. Some of the letters they've received from angry fans have threatened them if they don't honor Doris Day and that does a disservice to both the status of an Oscar and to Miss Day herself. Her Gold Records and multiple honors received during her heyday are all packed away. Her home is not a Shrine to her Career but rather a real home. I don't think she thinks much about the Oscars. To her, the real reward is that people still - 46 years after her last film was released - find pleasure, escape and entertainment from the work she did. Edited by: Paulio on Mar 27, 2014 1:32 PM
  24. Hibi - That is correct - she was offered the Kennedy Center Honors twice and declined. She didn't even fly to Washington to accept the Presidential Medal of Honor. I believe the only Honoree who was not present for the Kennedy Center Honors was Irene Dunne who had actually flown to Washington and posed with the other Honorees at the White House but became ill prior to the actually show and was flown back to California. Doris also declined the AFI Tribute back in the 80's when it was offered and has, on more than one occasion, declined an Honorary Oscar.
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