Item description for Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door by David Kaufman...
Overview Takes an intimate look at the life and career of the singer and actress whose image was of "the girl next door."
David Kaufman has now written the long-awaited, definitive biography of Doris Day. By telling Day's incredible, previously untold story, Kaufman takes the reader to the epicenter of American popular culture— a roller-coaster saga, from the 1940s to the 1980s. While Day symbolized virtuous America to the rest of the world—especially in her heyday, the 1950s and early 1960s—both she and that era are still perceived as being far more innocent and carefree than they really were. Indeed, what makes Day's story so richly fascinating is the fact that she was in many ways the opposite of her image as “the girl next door.” She was also a real-life Cinderella who regretted having gone to the ball and who found a series of princes who proved far less than charming.
Thanks to Kaufman's dogged diligence in tracking down countless colleagues and intimates, he gives us:
Scintillating tales of fame, beauty, money, tragedy, sexual ambiguity, and sexual conquests.
Anecdotes about a vast array of major subsidiary players in Day's life, including Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Charles Manson, Mickey Mantle, Candice Bergen, and Rock Hudson.
Kaufman reveals Day's demons while emphasizing the extraordinary credit she deserves as an artist. In the tradition of great biographies, Kaufman's detailed work not only reveals the surprising story of one of America's most beloved icons, but also compels us to rush back and see her best films—including The Man Who Knew Too Much, Pillow Talk, Love Me or Leave Me—and to listen to her unforgettable songs—“Sentimental Journey,” “Secret Love,” “Que Sera, Sera.” Though she made more than 550 recordings and starred in 39 movies—not to mention her own TV show for five years—the epic story of Doris Day's life has never been told . . . until now.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.7" Weight: 2.3 lbs.
Release Date Jan 22, 2010
Publisher Virgin Books
ISBN 1905264305 ISBN13 9781905264308
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More About David Kaufman
Kaufman has been covering the theatre in New York since 1981
Reviews - What do customers think about Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door?
Enjoyable Read Sep 3, 2008
Despite knowing that fans of Miss Day were mounting an effort to post negative reviews of this book in order to discourage people from reading it, I tried to approach the story with an unjaundiced eye. And it didn't take long before I forgot the hype and became totally absorbed in the story of Doris Day, legendary singer and movie star. Yes, there are no astounding new revelations (unless one has not read previous Day biographies), but her story is one that deserves to be told, including the years since her authorized biography was published many years ago. The book was hard to put down, and I loved looking at the pictures. Contrary to the opinions of some, I don't believe this book casts aspersions on Miss Day. It simply portrays her as she is...determined, talented, intelligent, generous, and a powerful friend for creatures who have no voice to speak for themselves. I truly respect Miss Day, and am certain that this latest biography will spark interest in her work from a whole new generation of admirers. And what's wrong with that?
Biographer does not seem to like his subject Aug 27, 2008
I thought the author was a bit unfair to Day. He seems to have written the book to show that her life was miserable and she refused to admit it, which really ticks him off. Rather than descending into an alcoholic or drug addicted mess, becoming suicidal or losing her mind, she kept her chin up in the old fashioned style. Good for her.
If there is one thing that we can all be sure of in life this is it: no one who only wants to be a wife and mother ends up a major motion picture star. It takes a lot of ambition and guts to become a star. I don't think that it just happens when the person is not looking. Day seems to have been conflicted about her success. We're all conflicted about something, however. It does not necessarily lead to misery.
The author has an idea that the "girl next door" image is something bad. He does not seem to understand why so many millions liked this woman. She seems like someone you could know, there is something real and authentically American about her, which is why some don't like her. She is one of the few movie stars who seemed like someone you could encounter in real life who is terrifically likable, direct, good natured, humorous, and trustworthy, kind of like Jennifer Aniston is today, intelligent without being intellectual, honest. Day was believable as a "career girl" and as a mother and housewife. She is attractive in a normal real way, not enough to be stared at by strangers and seeming to be so "hot" every minute of the day, but lovely in a way someone can be that you know. At least this is the viewpoint of a woman. Men may differ.
Not even worth one star... Aug 12, 2008
This book is a sad waste of time and money. Unfortunately the reader leaves this book not knowing any more truth about Doris Day than what Ms. Day already made public to the world. Instead, the reader will leave with unsubstantiated opinions, which can not be proven to be fact. And taints the truth about an amazingly talented, and decent human being. If you want to read the hard, real facts of Doris Day's life, read her own autobiography. You can purchase it right here on this site for a minimal price. In her own book, Doris Day was extremely transparent about her life. Joys, mistakes and life lessons. It is all there in "Her Own Story", written with A.E. Hotchner.
Malicious Exaggeration Aug 10, 2008
I loath people that exploit others for the benefit of their own monetary gain. Mr. Kaufman has done just that in this "Enquire like" book. He writes about Doris as if he knew her personally. When in fact, all he has done is taken excerpts from liner notes, here say from so-called reliable sources, and bits and pieces from her own autobiography. He has used these findings to his own advantage in creating what he calls the untold story of the girl next door. Now in retirement, Doris deserves the right to her own privacy and need not be the subject of Mr. Kaufman's malicious exaggeration.
Love Doris Day Aug 10, 2008
A great book about a great actress and lady. Could not put it down.