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I found myself so deeply saddened to hear that Doris Day died earlier today.  Life was never easy for this woman and she overcame great losses, including her beloved son, and enriched the world with some remarkable movies.  Her comedies are wonderful because she loved what she was doing and loved her leading men.  She was endlessly talented and was always an actress and not just a star.  She also enriched our culture with her beautiful voice and her songs will endure for decades to come.  A humble soul, she disdained awards and honors.    I believe it was her passionate dedication to neglected, beaten and stray animals which made me most admire her.  Ninety-seven years is a great run, but still not enough for this fan.  Bless Doris Day's grace and generous heart which helped to make the world a little better place. 

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She was my absolute favorite singer and actress.  As an airline employee of 42 years, I've had the pleasure of meeting many celebrities but, unfortunately, never Doris Day.  It's doubtful I ever would have met her but in a world of hate and division, it was always nice to know there was a kind spirit like Doris Day.

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As one of my all time favorite stars, I was very saddened to hear of her passing yesterday. What a legacy she leaves behind. She will be missed.

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expo boy, Doris Day did not fly.  In fact, she won the presidential medal of freedom given by President George W. Bush in 2004, but did not attend the ceremony.  She declined a Kennedy Center honors presentation because she would not fly. She was offered film roles right up until 2015, but declined every opportunity because they would take her from her beloved Carmel.   I also suspect she was a woman who did not measure her successes by the number of awards or accolades.  I believe her success was the fact that she always found joy in just what she was doing.

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On 5/14/2019 at 2:51 PM, expoboy said:

She was my absolute favorite singer and actress.  As an airline employee of 42 years, I've had the pleasure of meeting many celebrities but, unfortunately, never Doris Day.  It's doubtful I ever would have met her but in a world of hate and division, it was always nice to know there was a kind spirit like Doris Day.

Doris was, for a brief time, part of my family tree. She married cousin Barry in the 1970s,  but the marriage only lasted 4 years.  I never met either Doris or Barry but occasionally visited with Barry's sister. She did not have any contact with them either - so there was no family advantage in meeting Doris.   

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I believe Turner Classic Movies will running an all day tribute to Doris Day on Sunday, June 9.  I know that the evening line up will include her best comedies including Pillow Talk, Move Over Darling,  The Glass Bottom Boat, Please Don't Eat The Daisies and Lover Come Back.  One of her earlier and most beloved films, On Moonlight Bay, will be aired midday.  Her personal favorite, Calamity Jane, will air starting at 6 PM

Another noteworthy film, Sunday in New York (Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor, Cliff Robertson, Jim Backus, Robert Culp and others, airs at 10 PM following an earlier showing of The Glass Bottom Boat.  I mentioned Sunday in New York in an earlier posting.  About thirty minutes in, when the lead actors are visiting Rockefeller Center, they are waiting for a metro bus.  When it arrives at a stop on Fifth Avenue an advertising card announcing the opening of the New ¥ork World's Fair appears on the front of the bus and serves as one of those little treasures that makes a film so much more meaningful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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