As a lover of classic movies (especially those of the 1950s and 60s), today was a sad day. With each year that goes by, we continue to lose those iconic stars of yesteryear, but their legacies will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of classic movies lovers (and TCM)!
Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, Day had a voice, style and look all her own. Dubbed “America’s Girl Next Door” she was a multi-hypenate artist who had both a storied singing (she had a very distinctive voice with iconic songs like “Que Sera” and “Sentimental Journey” and I can always tell a Day track) and acting career (she even had her own variety show in the late 60s). Although many described her image and characters as “virginal” and “wholesome”, I considered Day a role model (with feminist leanings) who often portrayed career gals with spunk, assertiveness, impecable style and oft-understated sex appeal who owned her sexuality, virginal or more modern (something that wasn’t often portrayed on the silver screen during her hayday in the 50s and 60s).
I love Doris Day’s movies (especially those with Rock Hudson) and of those I’ve seen, I seen all more than once…her films are great for a quick “pick me up” or just when you want to watch a cute, fun movie. She even starred opposite some of the biggest names of the day, such as, Rock Hudson, James Garner, James Cagney, Howard Keel, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, Clark Gable, Jack Lemmon, David Niven, Rex Harrison, Cary Grant, Tony Randall and Rod Taylor to name a few. Some of my favorite Doris Day movies are:
- Pillow Talk (1959),
- The Glass Bottom Boat (1966),
- Lover Come Back (1961),
- With Six You Get Eggroll (1968),
- Do Not Disturb (1965),
- Send Me No Flowers (1964),
- Move Over, Darling (1963),
- The Thrill of It All (1963),
- Midnight Lace (1966),
- Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960),
- The Pajama Game (1957),
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and
- Love Me or Leave Me (1955).
Prayers and thoughts go out to her friends and family. She will be missed, but will continue to live on through her lasting legacy!