Here’s a fact that may surprise you. I admit, I was completely shocked: Doris Day is the number one female box office star of all time. All time. And she’s tied for number six for both men and women. She was the number one star in 1960, 1962, 1963, and 1964, and made the top five in three other years.
Doris began her career as a big band singer in the 1940s, and had eight hit singles during her career, the biggest being her first, “Sentimental Journey” with Les Brown’s Band of Renown. But she’s remembered as the queen of romantic comedies, and was popularly paired with Rock Hudson, though they made only three pictures together. Among her best-loved movies:
- April in Paris (1952)
- Calamity Jane (1953)
- Young at Heart (1954)
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 – introduced the song “Que Sera, Sera”)
- The Pajama Game (1957)
- Pillow Talk (1959 – w/ Rock Hudson, Oscar nomination)
- Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960)
- Lover Come Back (1961 – w/ Rock Hudson)
- That Touch of Mink (1962)
- Send Me No Flowers (1964 – w/ Rock Hudson)
- With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)
Doris also had a moderately popular TV series, The Doris Day Show, which ran from 1968-73. As of this writing, she’s still with us and living in California.
- Doris Day (truthwithdoris.wordpress.com)