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As usual, this TV documentary, totally absorbing and wonderfully DAYish, focuses very clearly on how UNappreciated Doris Day was throughout her Hollywood Tenure. IF FACTS AND RESEARCH BE KNOWN, she is the biggest female entertainer of the 20th century concentrating on ALL ASPECTS of show business from jukeboxes to TV sets! Let the critics re-evaluate, and finally APPRECIATE THIS WONDERFUL HUMANITARIAN ENTERTAINER. This show tells the complete story and some very famous people have the opportunity to rescind their previous derogatory remarks about Doris. For me, it was a wonderful evening of entertainment, filled with tear-laden memories. I first saw Doris when she sang with the Les Brown Band at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. I was a child of 9, and I fell in love at first sight. At 68 today, my feelings have not changed. NO ONE HAS OR COULD EVER EQUAL the joy she has given me for 59 years!
PBS documentary on the life and career of entertainer Doris Day, who began as a vocalist in the Big Band-era before attracting the attention of Hollywood producers, resulting in a lengthy movie career of 'clean' musicals, comedies and dramas--many of which gave her the reputation of a goody-two-shoes. Interviewed her, Day isn't as incisive as she was when dictating her memoirs to biographer A.E. Hotchner in 1975; however, her personal or professional woes don't appear to be the theme this time. PBS (perhaps wisely) turns the focus to Day's music, and the special features some rare and beautiful vocal performances. Lovely all the way through, Doris in 1991 was as vital as ever, particularly when delivering a modern love song such as the end-credits gem "My Heart".
I believe this interesting, informative and concise record is the better of the two documentaries about an extraordinary star's life and career. The many unpleasant circumstances and events of her personal life are neatly woven and contrasted with her glamorous screen persona and hectic professional life. Doris Day was the ultimate girl next door who just happened to be gorgeous and talented. She was able to do everything well and make it look simple. If there is anyone in the world who does not like this woman I don't want to know about it. Considering her amazing popularity, it is surprising that this documentary has been out of circulation for so many years and has never been given a video release. It certainly deserves repeated viewings.
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