Remembering Doris Day
Doris Day was a bigger star than Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock put together. She was the No. 1 box office draw four times during the ‘60s and one of the top 10 box office draws for 10 years in a row. No Hollywood actor has ever matched this achievement. She made 40 movies in roughly 20 years. Day’s death at 97 should have been a much bigger deal than the press has made it out to be. (
Too many have spent too much time chronicling Day’s unfortunate marriages and retreat from the cinema. What they ignored is that just prior to the rebirth of the Women’s Movement in the late ‘60s, here was Day, in film after film portraying women who were either thriving on their own or happily married in a relationship where the wife was an equal partner. And when she did, there wasn’t an actor in Hollywood or an audience anywhere who didn’t shine brighter than when in Doris Day’s presence.So young ladies and gentlemen, hit search, if only this once, to discover this singular someone who lived sometime between Game of Thrones and tomorrow. Though she sang Que Será, Será, often, it’s doubtful Doris Day knew “what will be, will be”—but then none of us ever do. Still, her subtle, deservedly venerated career altered the way our culture presented women. So take off your headphones and put your smartphone down for just a moment. The spirit of a special lady has just passed by.