A revealing look at a star who was much more than just our favorite girl next door. The biggest female box office attraction in Hollywood history, Doris Day remains unequaled as the only entertainer who has ever triumphed in movies, radio, recordings, and television. But while on screen Day may have projected a wholesome image, her acting and ...
A revealing look at a star who was much more than just our favorite girl next door. The biggest female box office attraction in Hollywood history, Doris Day remains unequaled as the only entertainer who has ever triumphed in movies, radio, recordings, and television. But while on screen Day may have projected a wholesome image, her acting and singing range made her the role model for independent American career women for four decades. In "Considering Doris Day," Tom Santopietro reveals why Day's work continues to resonate today, both in ever-increasing record sales and Hollywood lifetime achievement awards. Placing Day's work within the social context of America in the second half of the twentieth century, "Considering Doris Day" is smart, funny, and grants Doris Day her rightful place as a singular American artist.
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Another selection in my "Summer with Doris Day," this one was what I was hoping "Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door" would be like. Santopietro reviews and discusses the four areas of Day's life: music, movies, television and dogs! He provides us with the plot of every movie Doris was ever in, and then reviews the movie. Same goes for her recordings and television appearances, including the episodes of her 5 year television series on CBS. He mentions how her private life and changes in American society influenced her work. This book is much less biased than "Untold Story" and ranks right up there with Day's autobiography. The only part that got slow for me was the reviews of Day's recordings. Santopietro feels Doris is only surpassed in song by Ella Fitzgerald. Ella is one of my favorites too, but I have to say that Peggy Lee, Patti Page, Rosemary Clooney and Sarah Vaughan are pretty gifted with voice and phrasing as well, they just weren't as successful as Doris who conquered the recording industry, movie industry, and even television. Still, Santopietro's "career scorecard" is great, as well as his listing of Day's filmography, selected discography and television appearances. A MUST read for any of Day's fans.
Sep 30, 2007
If you like Doris Day give this book a try!
Very good biography of Doris Day. What was really great about this book was that it was divided up into the different areas of her career. There is a section about her singing, her movies, her television, and her animal activism. Each section goes into great detail about her work. At the end of the book is a "score card" of all her movies, album, and television work. That along with the detailed filmography and discography are extremely helpful when deciding what movie or album to buy or enjoy.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-11-27 Following his witty overview of Streisand's career in The Importance of Being Barbra (2005), 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 from successful career women with healthy libidos to smart can-do housewives. Santopietro's sassy assessment of Day's 39 films illuminate her best (Love Me or Leave Me, Pajama Game, Thrill of It All), analyzes her worst (Tunnel of Love, Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?) and offers some surprises (he defends the KKK melodrama Storm Warning, but is more reserved about Pillow Talk). Delving into her prodigious recording career (from 1948 to 1967, she released more than 600 songs), Santopietro appraises her songs almost track-by-track with such full-blooded enthusiasm that most readers will be racing to iTunes to download her catalogue. While not intended as a full biography, there is enough biographical detail as it concerns her career choices to create a vibrant portrait of the artist and the woman. B&w photos. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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