Snigger

Warner perceived Day as the girl next door with a freckled face and a golden smile who was virginal and eager to please (the two not being mutually exclusive in those days),

Rather fnarr, fnarr for an obituary.

15 comments on “Snigger

  1. ” For six years from 1959 she was one of the top box- office draws in American cinemas. Only Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby could sell a song as….”

    So Doris’s peak was 37 to 43 doing romantic comedies. interesting. In these more enlightened times that doesn’t happen so much. In fairness Renee Zelwegger reprised bridget jones a couple of years back, but no one describes it as her peak. (but she did do Down with Love which was a 60s style rom com when she was 32)

  2. My last picture for Warners was Romance on the High Seas. It was Doris Day’s first picture; that was before she became a virgin.

    Oscar Levant

  3. Bloody hell, I didn’t know she was still alive in 2019.

    God rest her soul.

    Looking at that picture of her with the effortlessly handsome Mr Hudson reminds me of my Mum’s unrequited early 1980’s love for plate-smashing pop sensation George Michael. Broke her heart when she found out that he preferred doing the jitterbug with blokes. Andrew Ridgeley was straight as an arrow, but the girls didn’t care.

  4. “Broke her heart when she found out that he preferred doing the jitterbug with blokes”

    Makes me think that in these more enlightened times the cycle will still repeat. The legal reasons, the societal shaming all that’s done away with but if it helps the career to have obtainable snogability we will still have closets that entertainers chose to dwell in.
    Then again a strong whiff of the other never did tatu any harm. Must be troubling the tabla rasa folk its not really a thing the other way round. …. Yet…. Maybe How to enjoy male on male pop videos will have to be added to the primary curriculum.

  5. “So Doris’s peak was 37 to 43 doing romantic comedies. interesting. In these more enlightened times that doesn’t happen so much.”

    TV had a large effect on who went to the cinema. Once TV came along, housewives with children stopped going to the cinema and watched TV. They could get some drama they liked more conveniently.

    There’s a constant complaint about the lack of good female roles in cinema. How, you don’t get films like All About Eve with a 42 year old Bette Davis, or The African Queen with a 44 year old Katherine Hepburn, but the fact is, the people who want to see those sorts of things won’t go out to see them.

  6. Steve
    Gracie Fields hasn’t croaked yet. Currently top of the leader board, replacing Jake La Motta, sadly obliged to hang up his gloves aged 99.

  7. Gracie Fields is long dead. Although she was very nice indeed to my Granny who went to visit her at her house in Capri. It’s Vera Lynn, the other one, you’re thinking of.

  8. BoM4 – I dunno but it sounds like something the missus would watch

    HB – The Simpsons explained how this works:

    Nigel: Well, I would prefer we kept your marriage a secret. You see, a lot of women are going to want to have sex with you, and we… want them to think they can.

    Homer: Well, if I explain it to Marge that way, I’m sure she’ll understand…

    James – Kirk Douglas is still alive, or so I understand.

  9. Andrew Neil tweeted:
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    Today’s Times obituary says Doris Day “starred in a couple of dreadful films, with titles such as How to Murder Your Wife”. It’s not a dreadful film. Doris Day did not star in it. Indeed she doesn’t even appear in it. @thetimes

    That’s meant to be the Newspaper of record and they wonder why the MSM is dying. how long have they been preparing that obit with nobody fact checking.

  10. BiND,

    It ain’t exactly hard to check that stuff, either now. IMDB, Wikipedia, Letterboxd are a click away.

  11. BiND – oh dear, that film of course starred the improbably beautiful Virna Lisi, See her in La Reine Margot as Catherine de Medici, utterly terrifying.

    Along with Debbie Reynolds DD was the All-American Girl and – sniff – we will rarely see such beauty and talent on our screens again.

  12. Virna Lisi

    Hey now! I had not previously heard of this lady. She is indeed improbably beautiful…

  13. “…my Mum’s unrequited early 1980’s love for plate-smashing pop sensation George Michael. Broke her heart when she found out that he preferred doing the jitterbug with blokes.”

    At least your mum was not a fag-hag.

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