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 Doris Day Tom Santopietro reveals Day's underappreciated and effortless acting and singing range that ran the gamut from musicals to comedy to drama and made Day nothing short of a worldwide icon.
Covering the early Warner Brothers years through Day's triumphs working with artists as varied as Alfred Hitchcock and Bob Fosse, Santopietro's smart and funny book deconstructs the myth of Day as America's perennial virgin, and reveals why her work continues to resonate today, both onscreen as pioneering independent career woman role model, and off, as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. Praised by James Cagney as "my idea of a great actor" and by James Garner as "the Fred Astaire of comedy," Doris Day became not just America's favorite girl, but the number one film star in the world. Yet after two weekly television series, including a triumphant five year run on CBS, she turned her back on show business forever.
Examining why Day's worldwide success in movies overshadowed the brilliant series of concept recordings she made for Columbia Records in the '50s and '60s, Tom Santopietro uncovers the unexpected facets of Day's surprisingly sexy acting and singing style that led no less an observer than John Updike to state "She just glowed for me." Placing Day's work within the social context of America in the second half of the twentieth century, Considering Doris Day is the first book that grants Doris Day her rightful place as a singular American artist.
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About the Author
Tom Santopietro has worked for the past twenty years in New York theater as a manager of more than two dozen Broadway shows, including A Few Good Men, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, A Doll's House, Master Class, Tru, The Iceman Cometh, and Noises Off. He is also author of The Importance of Being Barbra.
Tom Santopietro is the author of The Godfather Effect, The Importance of Being Barbra, Considering Doris Day (A New York Times Editor’s Choice) and Sinatra in Hollywood. He has worked for the past twenty years in New York theater as a manager of more than two dozen Broadway shows, including A Few Good Men, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, A Doll’s House, Master Class, Tru, The Iceman Cometh, and Noises Off.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wanted to know about Miss Day's life. I have watched all her movies and I just love her and them. The book reviews her movies.
Originally I was interested in Doris Day's "life." I was a bit surprised by the content of 'Considering Doris Day' at first. However, Doris wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth and she needed to work. This book shows enough of the Doris we love (as a beautiful person) and it pays respects to her remarkably large body of great work. He clearly and adequately presents the major challenges in Doris' personal and work life without being disrespectful. I found the listing of characters, films, songs and TV shows to be a great walk down memory lane. The book is a thorough documentation of her life's work. I am glad Mr. Santopietro did the yeoman's work of compiling this information and presenting it in an interesting and fun book. Her body of work deserves saving. This book also gives realistic insight into the process of producing entertainment.
I was extremely disappointed with this book. It's not a biography of Doris' life, it's a review of all of her work. The book goes into detail about every single one of her movies. The co-stars, plot, songs, dance numbers, director, etc. Then a review is given on the movie and he moves on to her next film. This continues with all of her movies, then her music, then her tv appearances, etc. If you are looking for a book about Day's life, skip this one. However, if you are curious about trivial movie information (that isn't that interesting to begin with) this book is for you! I'm just sad I wasted my money and time and still don't know much about her life. If only someone would have done a book review to warn me. Consider yourself warned!