Wednesday, April 03, 2019

what a great day!

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And to...
  • Beverly ("I'm a pig!") Boyer / "The Thrill of It All"
  • Cathy Timberlake / "That Touch of Mink"
  • Margaret Garrison / "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?"
  • Kit Preston / "Midnight Lace"
  • Georgia Garrett / "Romance on the High Seas"
  • Kitty Wonder / "Billy Rose's Jumbo"
  • Josie Minik / "The Ballad of Josie"
  • Erica Stone / "Teacher's Pet"
  • "Dynamite" Jackson / "April in Paris" 
  • Martha Gibson / "My Dream Is Yours"
  • Isolde Poole / "The Tunnel of Love" 
  • Carol Templeton / "Lover Come Back" 
  • Jane Osgood / "It Happened to Jane"
  • Nanette Carter / "Tea for Two"
  • Judy Kimball / "Send Me No Flowers" 
  • Laurie Tuttle / "Young at Heart" 
  • Melinda Howard / "Lullaby of Broadway"
  • Josephine Conway McKenna / "The Man Who Knew Too Much"
  • Jo Jordan / "Young Man with a Horn"
  • Judy Adams / "It's a Great Feeling"
  • Abby McClure / "With Six,You Get Eggroll" 
  • Jennifer Nelson / "The Glass-Bottom Boat"
  • Janet Harper / "Do Not Disturb"
  • Ellen Wagstaff Arden / "Move Over, Darling" 
  • Patricia Foster / "Caprice"
  • "Babe" Williams / "The Pajama Game"
  • Julie Benton / "Julie"
  • Marjorie Winfield / "On Moonlight Bay" & "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"
  • Lucy Rice  / "Storm Warning"
  • Calamity Jane / "Calamity Jane" 
  • Jan Wilson / "The West Point Story"
  • Grace LeBoy Kahn / "I'll See You in My Dreams"
  • Kate Robinson McKay / "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" 
  • Aimee Alexander / "The Winning Team"
  • Ruth Etting / "Love Me or Leave Me" 
  • Jan Morrow / "Pillow Talk"
  • Doris Day / "Starlift"
  • and (drum roll please!) Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, an amazing 97 today! 
Note in Passing: Doris Day has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences only once - with a Best Actress nomination for her performance in "Pillow Talk" (1959). Somehow, her terrific work in "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955) passed under the Academy's radar. She has never been considered for a special Oscar for her overall work (or her invaluable box-office prowess), or for a Lifetime Achievement nod, reportedly because Day has shown reluctance to leave the bliss of Carmel to attend the ceremony. She obviously prefers the company of animals to movie denizens. Smart woman. Anyway, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, send a film crew to Carmel and give her an award already!

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~Doris Day in a scene from "Send Me No Flowers" 
~photography: Universal Pictures 1964©

~Doris in a scene from "It Happened to Jane"
 ~photography: Columbia Pictures 1959©

~Doris in the "Happy Soap" billboard ad for "The Thrill of It All"
 ~ Universal Pictures 1963©

~Doris in a publicity shot for "The Pajama Game"
 ~photography: Warner Bros. 1957©

~Doris is a scene from "Pillow Talk"
 ~photography: Universal Pictures 1959©


Alex said...

I'm thinking Doris is ready for a serious evaluation.

Tish said...

Give this woman a special Oscar already! They gave one to Debbie Reynolds. And if they can give one to a relative newbie like Steve Martin, why not Doris Day?

Wade Scott said...

Doris Day aside, Joe, thanks for your expertise. There is fascinating and important stuff posted here that is just not being reported anywhere else.

Kevin Barry said...

I love Doris! The Criterion Theatre marquee shown in the background of the wonderful photo that you posted reminded me how great the film version of South Pacific might have been with Doris as Nellie. She has always been hugely undervalued. Her performance with John Raitt in the "There Once Was A Man" number in The Pajama Game is totally smashing! Regarding the Honorary Oscar, it has been awarded quite a few times without the honoree in attendance, so I could never figure out why she has been overlooked considering how long she ranked as a number one box office attraction. If you visit her website you can send her a birthday greeting and also donate to her animal charity.

joe baltake said...

Kevin- Thanks! BTW, that duet with John Raitt in “The Pajama Game” was sung live. Day apparently did all her singing in the film live, when possible. “I’m Not at All in Love” was another. She is simply great. -J