Doris Day’s name should be listed as a synonym for JOY. She brought (and continues to bring!) so much joy into the world that, for me anyway, “joy” is a word I always associate with her.
What’s truly outrageous is something I kind of hesitate to even share with you, but I think it could possibly prove helpful to you and beneficial to the stars I love so much, so here goes… I used to avoid Doris Day movies and would have listed her on my, admittedly, short list of stars I didn’t care for.
It strikes me as so completely bizarre now, but before I made it a point to see more of her films, she wasn’t even on my extended list of favorites… heck, she’d have been on one titled, “Personally, I just don’t care for them…” and, what’s more, she’d have been at the top of the list!
I didn’t know what I didn’t know… that’s my only excuse. My guess is that, as a young girl, I had seen her in a film or television show (possibly two) and she… to an immature, impatient little girl didn’t leave much of an impression. I am SO THANKFUL that, as I grew older I finally made it a point to seek out her films and watch them. I chose to start with The Ballad of Josie because I love Westerns and I love comedies… so a comedy western made perfect sense.
I absolutely loved her in the movie.
I was conflicted…. how could this be??! So I watched her in Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, followed by Pillow Talk. I fell completely under her beautiful spell and added her promptly to my list of favorite actresses.
I have a feeling that if I see many more of her films, she’ll achieve the ultimate compliment a star receives from me… I’ll be collecting her films, clippings, books, and magazines. I can honestly see it happening.
Look out, eBay, I’m about to add another name to my notifications list.
The gorgeous photo above is a promotional picture for her wonderful 1968 romantic comedy with David Niven, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (directed by Charles Walters). The perfect movie also stars Spring Byington, Margaret Lindsay, and Janis Paige.