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Doris Day’s Wholesome Persona Was What Fans Wanted to See

Doris Day’s Wholesome Persona Was What Fans Wanted to See

As a singer, Doris Day had a warm voice that captivated millions of post-war record-buyers. As an actress, she was a top box office attraction and her name became shorthand for nearly all 1960s romantic comedies: “It’s a Doris Day kind of film.” As a personality, she was loved by the public as a freckle-faced, common-sense gal who seemed like a lot of fun.

Privately, her life was peppered with divorces, tales of spousal abuse, bankruptcy and even connections to the Manson family. The difference between reality and her image were night and Day, so to speak. But it was a very different time. The public didn’t want to hear about the darkness; they just loved her sunniness. And that’s what fans will continue to remember.

She started out as the “girl singer” in the Big Band era, and the song “Sentimental Journey” in 1945 put her on the map.

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