Considering Doris Day

Tom Santopietro

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A revealing look at a star who was much more than just our favorite girl next door.

The biggest female box office attraction in Hollywood history, Doris Day remains unequaled as the only entertainer who has ever triumphed in movies, radio, recordings, and television. But while on screen Day may have projected a wholesome image, her acting and singing range made her the role model for independent American career women for four decades.

In Considering Doris Day, Tom Santopietro reveals why Day’s work continues to resonate today, both in ever-increasing record sales and Hollywood lifetime achievement awards. Placing Day’s work within the social context of America in the second half of the twentieth century, Considering Doris Day is smart, funny, and grants Doris Day her rightful place as a singular American artist.

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Considering Doris Day
BeginningsShe lives in the belief that happiness has to be made--and can be made--by the individual. In her sunny exuberance, she seems to be living proof of it. 
--Louella Parsons, 1954 
 
Nothing seems to daunt the persistent image of me as the unsullied sunshine girl ... . So there must be something about me, about whatever it is that I give off, that accounts for this disparity between who I am and who I appear to be. 
--Doris Day, 1976 
 
HOW, EXACTLY, DID DORIS DAY, NÉE DORIS MARY Anne von Kappelhoff, from Cincinnati,

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“A vibrant portrait of the artist and the woman” ---Publishers Weekly
“There is something thrilling about Doris Day rediscovered, especially when the archaeologist of this American treasure---Mr. Santopietro---is so right-on-the-money.” ---Liz Smith
“This book offers serious insight into a relatively neglected life. The observations are apt---and often bold.” ---The Atlantic
“Extremely acute in his critiques, Santopietro is also devastatingly witty.” ---The Globe & Mail
“Santopietro concentrates on her multifaceted career. He is sympathetic to women and knowledgeable about his subject, and his respect for her is refreshing.” ---The New York Times Book Review


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About the Author

Tom Santopietro

Tom Santopietro has worked for the past twenty years in the New York theater as a manager of over two dozen Broadway shows. He is the author of The Importance of Being Barbra and the forthcoming Sinatra in Hollywood. He lives in New York.

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Considering Doris Day
Tom Santopietro

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
August 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312382148
ISBN10: 0312382146
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 400 pages, Includes 20 black-and-white photographs throughout
$22.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
August 2008
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ISBN: 9781429937511
ISBN10: 1429937513
400 pages, Includes 20 black-and-white photographs throughout
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