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Doris Day: The Illustrated Biography Hardcover – 2 May 2000

2.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd (2 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233998489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233998480
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Freedland is the author of over thirty books, most of them biographies of leading personalities and figures in the entertainment world. He also writes for The Times, the Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph and is a frequent broadcaster on the BBC, including, recently, a seven-part series on American comedy. He is married with three grown-up children and four grandchildren and divides his time between Sussex and Hertfordshire. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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Format: Hardcover
I can say two good things about this book: it contains some nice photos and it was printed on good quality paper. Other than that, it contains a lot of incorrect, incomplete, unfair, and sensationalized information. The author repeatedly offers references to Ms. Day's autobiography and other sources, but takes things out-of-context to suit his own purposes. He likes to dwell on Ms. Day's sex life, making his book a somewhat tawdry, "tabloid-like" publication. Furthermore, his style of writing makes reading "hard work."... Sadly, he goes out of his way to portray her as an eccentric recluse who "loves spiders." Just for the record, Ms. Day is not a hermit! She's a great lady who loves all of God's creatures and respects their place in the world. The boxed sets of CDs and books which were released by Bear Family Records a few years ago were a great tribute to Ms. Day. Mr. Freedland's book is not.
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Format: Hardcover
I am extremely disappointed in this book. There are many factual errors made by Mr. Freedland, not the least of which is a picture of June Allison, not Doris Day, on page 124! In my opinion, Mr. Freedland has not done a very good in researching this book at all. Those of us that he refers to as "... that growing coterie now known as Doris Day fans" have eagerly awaited the book are now disgusted that this book was ever published! We do not agree with Mr. Freedland's negative opinions about Ms Day or her legacy to the entertainment industry.
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Format: Hardcover
How on earth could this book get published? It has several factual errors - the worse being a full page colour photo that is actually June Allyson! It amazes me that such things can happen when all the author had to do was contact any one of the Doris Day fan clubs (2 are in the UK and I run the Australian club) for any confirmation on facts and photos. There is also a huge amount of information available at the touch of a button on the internet... There is no in-depth information and it really is a glorified magazine article. How very, very dissapointing. I give it 2 stars only for the photos (except June of course!).
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Format: Hardcover
This is basically a Biographical Picture Book. In it the author Michael Freedland (of over 30 books inc. ones about Sean Connery, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Michael Caine) tells the remarkable story of the much loved US screen/music legend. After interviewing Doris Day over the years for numerous newspapers and magazines he compiles this account blended with some super photos from her movies and behind the scenes/day to day life.
Although there are some mistakes one being the photo on page123 (which cleary isn't the gorgeous Ms Day)....it makes up for it with beautiful artwork, making it a pretty & affordable compliment to her many stunning CDs & Videos.
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