Her talent ...
I am searching for a right word, a more important word than "astounds" me. Her singing, her acting, her perfect speaking voice, her dancing -- the way she created truth ... Whatever character she played seemed loving, lovable, real --astoundingly real.
No need to try and list my favorite Doris Day films, or songs, or moments that Doris Day gave me that live in my mind. You have probably seen her. I figure you KNOW she's astounding.
The other night, for the first time, I saw the film "Jumbo"-- the Rogers and Hammerstein musical that was released in 1962.
Doris played Kitty Wonder, co-owner with her Dad, (Jimmy Durante), of the Wonder Circus. It was on the verge of bankruptcy, due to Dad's gambling.
A big rival, Noble Circus, wants "Jumbo," the Wonder Circus' amazing elephant. Noble's owner insists that his son Sam (played by Steven Boyd), get a stage crew job helping Kitty. Sam falls in love with Kitty. When Wonder Circus is shutdown, all of its assets are confiscated, including its star attraction, the incredible elephant, Jumbo.
Heartbroken Kitty, her father, his fiancée, and Sam, (Doris, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye, & Stephen Boyd ), create a new circus with stunningly spectacular routines -- no wonder critics say "Jumbo" is "one of the great circus films."
Here she is on her porch greeting guests -- the huge crowd of fans that arrived for her birthday last year, to sing Happy Birthday.
Oh my ...
When you look at her now, (she is 93 ...
Well... as you remember her in her film days, you cannot help judging her as an older woman.
This is her, from a film that was made at her 90th birthday party. Her guests stood up and cheered, and gave her a standing ovation. Doris remained seated. But her gaze -- her real contact with those who approached her with gifts and loving words and autograph books -- was strong, sincere, energetic.
Oh my ...
Dear Doris Day, please stay on the earth for another ten years or so, so that the younger generation, the very youngest, newest generation, can see you as you began and the triumph of you now.