Doris Day's public image was the one role she could never shake off

Doris Day, who died this week, was in many ways the most interesting example of this dissonance between the public persona and often not entirely private reality. Her image of the perky girl next door was both the making and eventual undoing of her career, ...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Doris Day: A Hip Sex Goddess Disguised as the Girl Next Door

The Hollywood Reporter obituary for Doris Day describes her in the headline as “Hollywood's Favorite Girl Next Door,” which is reasonable enough, if not terribly imaginative. Day, who was 97 when she died on Monday, broke through as a singer in the ...
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Doris Day, the People's Actor

And yet Doris Day, who died Monday at 97, was always underrated—the girl next door whose peaches-and-cream good looks, 1,000-watt smile, and sinuous, molten singing voice were so often taken for granted. Her huge commercial power—and the bad ...
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Doris Day was a conservative icon amid a turbulent counterculture. But her life belied her persona.

Doris Day, who has died at 97 in her home in California, was a movie star unique even among other movie stars of her era. Her brand of effortless charm and wholesome femininity made her the embodiment of the ideal woman during the late '50s and early ...
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Remembering Doris Day (1922-2019)

For those who pay zero attention to anything cultural before you ever showed up, or consider Destiny's Child vintage R'n'B, I'll state this cleanly and simply: Doris Day was a bigger star than Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock put together.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Que Será, Será: Why Doris Day Left Show Business

At the height of her career, Doris Day was a top box-office star in Hollywood, a singer and actress whose name was synonymous with the popular sex comedies of the 1950s and 1960s. Day, who died Monday at the age of 97, had starred in a string of instant ...
Tuesday, May 14, 2019