‘Doris Day’ on CBS Sunday Morning

Coming up on this week’s CBS Sunday Morning is the new bio of Doris Day by David Kaufman. Consumer media coverage for the book to date includes,

“On screen, she was America’s smiling, singing darling. But off screen, her husbands weren’t Rock Hudson and her life was no light romp.”

  • Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/7, Ten minutes with . . . the author of Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door. Both the author and Doris Day are from Ohio.
  • Excerpt in last month’s Vanity Fair.

All these stroies lead with a version of “her life was not what it seemed.” Even though Day herself made that clear in her 1976 autobiography, it still seems to surprise some.

Most, but not all, libraries I checked have received the book or have it on order.

Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door
by David Kaufman

  • Hardcover: $29.95
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; (June 10, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1905264305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905264308

2 Responses to “‘Doris Day’ on CBS Sunday Morning”

  1. Mary Anne Barothy Says:

    I am really looking forward to seeing David Kaufman on CBS this Sunday telling about his wonderful book – “DORIS DAY — The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door”

    David interviewed me for his book two years ago since I was Doris Day’s very first personal secretary – previously she had always shared a secretary with her husband, Marty Melcher.

    I had been a fan since age 10 here in the midwest and eventually made my way to California where I met my idol, got to know her and she invited me into her world. I also lived with her for nearly 2 years.

    Thanks to David Kaufman, I was encouraged to publish my memoir which I had originally penned some 30+ years before. My book:

    “DAY AT A TIME
    An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey
    To Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond”

    http://www.dayatatimesentimentaljourney.com

    (Hawthorne Publishing – http://www.hawthornepub.com)

    was released late last year. I was happy to see that David Kaufman has credited me, among others, with helping to get Day’s story straight in the Acknowledgments.

    Congratulations, David – you have a splendid, truthful book about our friend, Doris Day – a fun-loving, wonderful Lady!

    God bless you, Dear Doris Day!!!!

    Mary Anne Barothy

  2. Roberta Manzitto Says:

    This book is well written, but most of the information is taken from other authors’ works (Doris Day, Kaye Ballard, Ton Santopietro among others). It wasn’t as great as I had hoped.

    What I gleaned from page after page of information already written about Miss Day is that from the start of her career, she worked to line the pocket books of everyone but herself! Warner execs of days gone by should be rolling in their graves from embarassment for what they paid their leading star. Shameful.