Home Celebrity How Doris Day Almost Didn’t Let Paul McCartney Interview Her

I’m thrilled to tell you that my interview with Doris Day, the legendary singer and movie star, has gone online at http://www.parade.com/celebrity/celebrity-parade/2011/12/doris-day.html.

I first started asking Doris’s publicist, Linda Dozoretz, for an interview at least 15 years ago. In those days, and still now, Liz Smith was always writing in her column that Doris deserved a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oscars. But it’s always been known that Doris doesn’t like to fly, and didn’t really want to leave her happy home in Carmel, California. A couple of years ago, sadly, Linda Dozoretz passed away and I thought an interview would never happen. But then late this summer came the announcement that Doris was releasing a “new” album.

A very nice man, Bob Bashara, who works with Doris’s animal rights foundation contacted me and said at last, an interview would be possible. I think I was more shocked than Doris when a great publicist in LA, Charley Walters, put together our phone call. The interview happened to follow by two hours the announcement that Doris’s famous recording of “Que Sera Sera” had been put into the Grammy Hall of Fame. She was thrilled to get the news that she was being included with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Cole Porter. (Doris already has two recordings in the Hall of Fame–“Secret Love” and “Sentimental Journey.”)

Our conversation was wide ranging. A little more of it will appear in Parade’s December 25th issue– a nice Christmas present. I asked Doris what it was like when Paul McCartney interviewed her this fall for a British newspaper. She laughed, and told me how she didn’t believe it was the ex Beatle on the phone–she thought it was a friend pulling her leg! Also, I was so impressed with Doris’s attitude about life–it really is “whatever will be, will be”–and not to cry over bad things that have happened in the past. What a great lady!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
5 replies to this post
  1. I would guess then that her not wanting to fly is the reason she hasn’t been honored by the Kennedy Center. If there’s a more deserving person to be an honoree, I can’t imagine who it could be. She’s done it all: Big band singer, having the top song of the war years, “Sentimental Journey;” having other hit songs, being the top box office draw through most of the ’60s with her comedies, having a hit TV show.

  2. Just a though but for those of you too young to remember her son being really good friends with Charles Manson before the killing spree has a lot to do with it. After the Tate/LoBianco murders she really didn’t do Hollywood again and is gracious enough not to mention it as she us still a class act.

  3. It is more than fear of flying that prevents Miss Day from attending such events – she simply is not interested – also, I think it is a bit much to expect anyone approaching 90 (no matter how young at heart and in good health) to take on a 6 hour drive (as suggested above)!

  4. I’m puzzled why a fear of flying would keep a Carmel resident from going to Hollywood. It’s less than a 6 hour drive. There’s lots of other reasons not to go to Hollywood, but that one seems odd.

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