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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (October 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055302888X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553028881
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This book is a entertaining read, as well as inspirational.
Dennis J. Faulkner
I've always loved her music and movies, and knowing her true story, she is more real to me now than ever.
Nancy E. V.
Her autobiography did a wonderful job of telling a story that was not at all pleasant.
Retired in Walnut Creek

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Bob Waskiewicz on July 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Doris Day didn't have the perfect life everyone thought she had.She was abused by one of her husbands,her son was almost killed by Charles Manson,and her Father married an Africa American Women,that Doris loved.This book is fantastic,and no stone is unturned.I wrote to Doris Day when I bought this book in 1975,and she wrote back a beutifull letter signed in Ink.I still have this note,and Cherish it with all my memories of Doris Days great films and music she has given us over the years.I think Doris did the right thing,retiring while she was still on top,and enjoying her life with her animals,and beutifull house in Carmel.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dean E. Davis on January 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
The book was written in a way that made you feel as if you were listening to her talk to you in your living room. I was surprised that her life was not as the girl next door, full of sweet and lovely living. Her being able to have such difficulties with the men in her life and still survive with compassion and enthusiasm shows how well grounded she is. What a wonderful person. This book was a great read and touched my heart.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dennis J. Faulkner on April 28, 2008
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This book is a entertaining read, as well as inspirational. Doris Day has to be one of the most
admired women on this planet. She has seemed to never get sucked into the vapid world of "stardom",
and has seemed to keep an eye on what is really important. Her work with the Doris Day Animal League,
and the many animals she has helped - is awesome!
The author does a good job of letting the reader know about Doris Day, and meaningful events
in her life. While I was disappointed in her tv show that she kept changing the stars (she started out a
widowed mom - and somehow the kids disappeared after a few seasons - as well as the charming farm, which
I felt was a terrible move on the show) - you come to realize how much her life was in a turmoil during the
period of the shows creation - her real-life husband had just died, and her financial empire had been
swindled from her - but just like Doris - she takes it head on - and gets justice!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Can't believe I'm the first person to review this. I *know* I'm not the first person to read it. What can I say - Ms. Day - not all apple pie. Not that she likes it anyway. If you're a doris fan, then this is a great book. It's touching, down to earth (as is the great lady herself) and is inspiring to say the least. After all this woman has had to put up with, she's still the one making our days full of sunshine. Read this and see if you don't admire her. Dare you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ElectriCityKitty on February 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a story! You look at her and you think that nothing bad has ever touched her life. Her life seemed blemish free of any trouble,strife. You would think somehow all that she had been through would surely have shown on her face. In her countenance. It is not that she wasn't smart. She was just a very trusting soul. That is not a bad in and of itself, but for her it almost became her total undoing; financially, emotionally, physically. She suffered through 3 horrendous marriages. Her first being at 17. Her first pregnancy was almost terminated in a most archaic way by her first husband. For whatever reason she ended up with jealous,cretins who more possessed than loved her. Mostly,they loved the almighty dollar. With the exception of her second husband.
Fairly early in her life she was exposed to Christian Scientology. It is this reader's opinion that while it gave her some sense of a strong foundation in basic faith beliefs, it may have done her ultimately more harm than good. She later wisened up, again,just my opinion,(no hate mail please),and adopts a more balanced view of religion. It means if you get sick, you go to a doctor for God's sake and your own sake.Doris Day appears to touch on everything you would want her to; her musical career, her many movies and her co-stars in them,her candid, healthy outlook on sex, love, and even exercize and make-up tips for her female reader's appropriate for the 1970's when the book was published. At the beggining of the book, she is asked by the co-author A.E. Hotchner if she will tell all, she doesn't hesitate. You get the feeling she does. I like her. You will to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Garby Gable on June 12, 2008
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The life of Doris Day certainly was filled with ups and downs, and A.E. Hothcner does a good job in sharing this with the reader. It was also insightful having some of Doris's close friends (Rock Hudson, Gordon MacRae,Jimmy Stuart, James Garner), and family (mom and son Terry Melcher) share the experiences they had with her.

Doris Day obviously was a fine performer, hard worker and always gave 100%. Her deceased husband Marty Melcher broguht her close to ruin, but Doris being the trooper that she is, was able to rise to the top and re-coup the millions of dollars he and Jerry Rosenthal squandered on bad investments.

A.E. Hotchner tells us about a fine lady and consumate performer. Although she talks a bit too much about Christian Science and her deep love for animals, espcially dogs, her passion and honesty as a human being is commendable.

This book was easy to read and provided the reader with some of Doris Day's inner thoughts and qualities. I recommend it to those who enjoy reading about "real" stars. Que sera, sera!
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