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Actress: Doris Day

Doris Day began her career as a big band singer, and had a huge hit with "Sentimental Journey," recorded with Les Brown and His Band of Renown. Uploaded by fanpop.com.

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:

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  • 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.

Film: Rear Window

Jimmy Stewart was laid up in his apartment with a broken leg. He had nothing to do but stare at his neighbors across the courtyard - one of whom may have murdered his wife. Uploaded by cdn.mos.totalfilm.com.

Alfred Hitchcock was at his very best during the period of time in which he made Rear Window. In a six-year period, he also made Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Psycho. Has any director ever had a run like that?

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Rear Window featured Jimmy Stewart (Great American Things, April 8, 2009) as a photographer, confined to his New York City apartment with a broken leg. He looks out at his neighbors across the courtyard, and becomes convinced that one of them (Raymond Burr) has murdered his wife. He enlists the help of his girlfriend, played by the incredibly beautiful Grace Kelly (Great American Things, August 30, 2009).and nurse (Thelma Ritter) to solve the mystery, and ends up putting all their lives in jeopardy.

Although the film was nominated for four Academy Awards, it came away empty. Even so, the review site RottenTomatoes.com gives the movie a rare “100% fresh” rating. And the American Film Institute named it number 42  in its 100 Years…100 Movies series, and number 14 in 100 Years…100 Thrills.