My "Secret Love" Affair with Doris Day

by Mr. Michael J DeVita


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ISBN-13: 9781478153580
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/11/2012
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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My "Secret Love" Affair with Doris Day 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure why The Average Rating for the book is listed as "4" when the one review given gave it 5 stars. Barnes and Noble needs to correct their rating system.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read Written by a Former Classmate, January 14, 2013 By Anthony J. Sacco "Anthony J Sacco" (Cheyenne, Wyoming USA) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: My "Secret Love" Affair with Doris Day (Paperback) Full disclosure: the author and I were classmates a long time ago, at Towson High School in Baltimore, MD. When I heard that Mike had written and published his first book, wanting to be supportive of a former classmate, I bought an autographed copy directly from him. That proved to be money well-spent. Mike and I are both Italian. So the first thing that struck me about this book was the autobiographical references to his family during his early years - descriptions that I could appreciate, growing up in a family very much like his. I think he does an excellent job of describing his family, his college life, his life as a teacher, and most of all, his "secret" though distant, love affair with the glamorous Doris Day over many years. That began during a chance visit by him to the Steel Pier's Marine Ballroom in Atlantic City, NJ at the age of 8. At the time, Doris was the female vocalist singing with "Les Brown and his Band of Renown." Yes, Doris was a favorite of mine, too for several years, with that golden voice, in my opinion unmatched by any other singer, although there certainly were some good ones competing with her for the public's attention during that period. And, she was not only a wonderful singer, but also a talented actress and dancer, too. Mike's recollections of high school, especially our junior and senior years, our classmates, and some of the teachers we both had, were, for me, heartwarming. And I do recall fondly our Junior/Senior prom, and our Senior prom. If he were not the absolute best male dancer in the school, Mike was certainly among the top three. I seem to remember "dance contests" at which Mike always provided a highlight, as he danced with classmates Arlen Kelly and Ellen Richmond, also very good dancers. The author has done a great job recounting all the Doris Day song hits from the '40s, '50s and '60s, as well as all her movies, in which she starred with many of the most popular male film stars of that day; Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, and my favorite, James Garner (Maverick, The Rockford Files). Another impressive feat was Mike's descriptions of Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff's early career; her four marriages, three of which ended in divorce, her son, who became her business manager for a time and died of cancer at a young age, and her later years as an Animal Rights advocate operating out of Carmel, CA. Congratulations, Mike. I highly recommend this book.