In honor of her birthday and her illustrious career, I’d like to use this post to honor her work and her life.
First, her films.
My favorite Doris Day film is Pillow Talk (1959).
Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) and Jan Morrow (Doris Day) share a telephone line. Interior decorator Jan needs the line open for work but playboy Brad uses the phone for more personal uses. Coincidentally, Jan and Brad are dining at the same restaurant and Brad takes a liking to Jan. The kicker here is that Brad introduces himself to Jan not as himself, but as a Texas native new to the big city. I will let the trailer take it from here.
Decades later, in the 1980’s, when Rock Hudson not only came out, but revealed that he was dying from AIDS, Ms. Day was one of several performers to stand by their friend and colleague.
She is not only an iconic performer, but what we in the Jewish community call a mensch, a good person.