Monday, May 20, 2024

Happy Birthday, Doris Day, Still America’s Sweetheart


It’s Doris Day’s birthday. I think she’s 88. On the phone she sounds like springtime. I had the great honor of interviewing her for Parade magazine last winter, one of the few interviews she’d done in years. I still can’t get over it. Here’s the link: No one realizes how important Doris is to the history of film and pop music. I do hope the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will do the right thing this coming year and give her the Lifetime Achievement Award. Miss Day does not like to fly, but she might make the exception. I’ll be she would tape something for them at her home in Carmel. But just watch “Love or Leave Me” or “The Man Who Knew Too Much” or any of her comedies from the late 50s and early 60s. She is brilliant. You can buy her new album and read all about her animal rights foundation at

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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.

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