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Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door Paperback – 4 Jun 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 626 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780753518090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753518090
  • ASIN: 0753518090
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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By Belfast David VINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2009
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Having long been a fan of this lady, and having followed her career(s) for many years, I have to admit that I had a bit of a 'falling out' with Doris Day for a few day's after reading this book. Not the 'blessed virgin' or 'saint valentine' that her publicity machine pounded into the public's consciousness for way to many years, and certainly not a manic egomaniac like so many of her contemporaries of the era when her time of movie making was at it's zenith, Doris Day is still yet a very complex and contradicting personality.
A life that has had more down's than up's, a victim of domestic abuse, more than one failed marriage and more than one rumoured extra marital affair, financial embezzlement and ruin at the hands of one of her spouses (to list but a few of her tribulations) it is a wonder that this lady has maintained not only her sensibility but more importantly her senses! All that said she is not without her faults (something that the lady herself has reiterated many times), and it is in her relationships with friends, acquaintances and employees that we learn that Doris Day could and can be in her own way, quite ruthless and unforgiving. And it is perhaps these traits that I found particularly difficult to digest.
Perhaps like many I bought into the "public" persona and finding that Doris Day is a many faceted and complex persona kind of had me questioning her character. But my antipathy was only temporary. In the pages of this well researched and very detailed biography we discover that 'flaws and all', Doris Day today, is still a remarkable and endearing human being. As a movie star, a recording sensation, television legend and animal rights crusader Doris Day remains for me a true, legend.
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Format: Hardcover
Mr. Kaufman, who apparently spent years doing his research on Ms.Day, has absolutely no clue of the woman he wrote about. Since he was not privileged to speak with Ms. Day on a one on one basis, I do not see where he thinks he knows who she really is. He gets most of his information from hearsay, and from some people who have had personal agendas, so the real truth gets tainted or changed. All it would take is one visit with her for him to have seen the person who is really behind the "star image." Having had that pleasure on several occasions through the years, I found Ms. Day to be one of the most candid and open individuals I have ever met.
This is not, as Mr. Kaufman would have it, a woman who is hiding from the rest of the world due to the bad treatment she received from people that came in and out of her life. Known to be a woman with a very forgiving heart and one who consistently has shown strength through adversity, she has been thrown a lot of life's surprises along the way. The fact that she is forgiving and moves on, does not make her someone who is afraid to look at the past, nor is she someone who is trying to get over an abandonment issue and so has devoted her life to the animals....his whole thought process through his book just makes me ill.
Ms. Day has always had a love for animals. This is a part of her nature. Now, that she has retired and has the time away from the silver screen, she is doing what she loves to do, and so for all the great humanitarian contributions she has made across this nation, we have people like Mr. Kaufman who have their own theories and then put them in print for their own self gain.
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This is an excellent biography of Doris Day. It is thoroughly researched and is probably set to become the definitive biography of this much undervalued star. Fans will obviously love it and if some of her critics can be persuaded to read it then maybe they will change their minds too. It seems to be the moment for a re-evaluation of Day given the number of books that have come out about her recently. From the recent 'considering Doris Day' by Tom Santopiero to the just published 'Reluctant Star' by David Bret. Santopiero's book is a detailed analysis of her career in movies, music and tv. Whilst 'The untold story' is a more personal biography of her life that goes a long way to dispelling some of the myths about her. They make an excellent duo. I haven't read Bret's book yet and must admit I was confused by the fact they have the same cover photo, but I am sure I will get round to it. At the end I found myself thinking that isn't it about time she was given the honorary lifetime Oscar she so deserves!
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Author David Kaufman has devoted eight years to researching this book, and has interviewed over 100 people, and it shows in spades! No detail is spared in this terrific biography of the great Doris Day, and it is sure to become the book fans have been waiting for, and film historians will refer to for future research. Ms Day, one of the great talents of the 20th Century, and the film world's number one female at the box office to this day, has gotten her due, at last. I believe this tome will position the singer/actress into her rightful place in the history of movies and music. The book, with its dramatic highs and lows, is riveting from start to finish. A must-read for film buffs and Day fans alike!
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