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Considering Doris Day Hardcover – 13 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; annotated edition edition (13 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312362633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312362638
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,552,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "The Importance of Being Barbra" "Not at all the average fan tribute, "The Importance of Being Barbra" mixes milk-and-honey admiration with bracing shots of vinegar. His book is smart, funny, right-on. An encyclopedic must-read for anybody who has pondered the greatness, perfection, and oddities of Miss Streisand."---Liz Smith, "New York"" Post" columnist "An astute and thorough analysis of Streisand's career told in a brisk and engaging style while carefully establishing Streisand as a major cultural icon."---A. R. Gurney Jr., author of "Love Letters" and "Scenes from American Life" "Cheeky and essential to a well-rounded Streisand collection, this book is highly recommended."--"Library Journal" "[A] fresh approach to Streisand's varied five-decade career, applying both a fan's affection and a cultural critic's analysis to the role Streisand has played in the larger culture of her times."--"Boston"" Globe" "Santopietro's book ... fixates on Streisand's professional, not personal life, and that focus makes "The Importance of Being Barbra" a more valuable keepsake for devotees who prefer something more thoughtful than "In Touch" magazine."--"Miami"" Herald" "[A] treasure of information.... a reader-friendly survey of the career of this major star." --"EDGE "magazine "[A] fast, fascinating overview of this very varied career."--"Playbill" "

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."

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K on 5 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
It is quite astounding to think that ten years ago Eric Braun's book ("Doris Day") was the only one that was in print about a star as successful as Doris Day. Even Doris's official biography "Her Own Story" which had been a #1 best-seller in the 1970s had inexplicably disappeared into the mists of time. It is not surprising therefore why people tended to overlook Doris's achievements as a singer and actress as they had simply forgotten. The good news is "Considering Doris Day" proves to be a great reminder!

This new book written by Tom Santopietro is for me what I would describe as the cream to go with your coffee. At the end of 2006, we had an invigorating brew poured by author Pierre Patrick who delighted in telling us everything we needed to know about Doris's television work ("The Magic of Doris Day through Television") and now we have the perfect compliment that extensively apprises the rest of her career.

Although Doris withdrew from the limelight during the 1970s her film and music recording career had been so intense throughout the 1950s and 60s that there is sufficient material to keep admirers entertained for hours and hours and dare I say even more hours. The good thing is it is clear Santopietro is one of those admirers as he does not only know his subject but he talks about her with sincerity.

It is clear that from start to finish that the underlying mission of this book is one to provoke healthy discussion about Doris's vast contribution to the entertainment world. Santopietro does not sugar coat what he thinks and clearly does not want "Considering Doris Day" to become a sycophantic tribute.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Potts on 12 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very interesting analysis of the career of Day. It is not a biography as such but the author informs you of this from the start. It is divided into four main sections film, music, tv and animals. Compliments must go to the author for his thorough research and comments regarding all of her work. Each film, album and most of the Tv episodes are commented on. He is very honest in his opinion of the films and analysing whether they were good or not and why. Don't expect too many personal details as it is not that type of book.
Although i thoroughly enjoyed it and think that he has done an excellent job of detailing Day's long and productive career,I would have liked a bit more analysis of why Day has not recieved the recognition she deserves and seems to have fallen out of favour. However having said this Santopietro goes a long way to rectifying this situation. She made over 600 recordings, 39 films and 154 tv episodes in a career that went from about 1940 to 1975 this is true and no she hasn't recieved a much-deserved Oscar or Grammy for her career and this is a shame. But why? Un fortunately Santopietro does not have the answers but then again how could he! I felt that at the end of the book I wanted him to write a conclusion/analysis of the myth of Day and explain this something he has demonstrated throughout the book that he is perfectly capable of doing. I once read many years ago an article by a feminist writer, I think, de-bunking the Doris day perennial virgin myth in which the writer lauded her as one of the first liberated female role models (in most of her films). Since then I have lost the book containing the article but not forgotten it and whenever I feel the need to defend the fact that I am a fan of Day's films I mention it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Marion Fry on 9 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed in this book, as it seemed to be mnerely a commentary on all of the films that Doris made, not many of them very complimentary. In fact I abandoned the book halfway through, a most unusual thing for me to do. I spoke to a friend who had also ordered this book, and he felt the same way as I did.
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An extraordinary book. The author views and listens to all Doris Day's Films, TV Shows, Interviews and Tribute Programmes and offers deep analysis finding the true performer who is much different to the accepted image. I have been listening to many of her recorded songs and I have to agree with Sanpietro, no-one can reach me like Doris Day; intimate, personal and she makes me feel good.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marty From SF HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Still, there is not a biography worthy of Doris Day to (this `day' - sorry). Mr. Santopietro goes into great length about Ms. Day's career from child to adult, including a big emphasis on her singing career (who knew?). But it doesn't rise to the status that any fan would hope for. This is the woman who spent more time in bed with Rock Hudson than any other woman in history! It's great to read the accolades of her singing career, but the observations on her film career fall short. While not Oscar material, Doris Day certainly had the attention of the world during her film career. There's not much dirt or insight here and I look forward to the next biography due in 2008, but it was sort of fun to hear about people who knew about Doris Day "before" she was a virgin!
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