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    Doris Day and Motown

    I'm mourning Doris Day's passing and am reminded of her significance to Motown and of Berry Gordy's admiration for her. I remember reacting the way many must have. The immediate thought was "What does Doris Day have to do with Motown?" Well...Of course, I know better now. Her image and talent was an important part of Berry Gordy's vision and aspirations.

    She has been my favorite "Movie Star" and one of my all-time favorite singers. I can also be most grateful for what she has meant for Motown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky2012 View Post
    I'm mourning Doris Day's passing and am reminded of her significance to Motown and of Berry Gordy's admiration for her. I remember reacting the way many must have. The immediate thought was "What does Doris Day have to do with Motown?" Well...Of course, I know better now. Her image and talent was an important part of Berry Gordy's vision and aspirations.

    She has been my favorite "Movie Star" and one of my all-time favorite singers. I can also be most grateful for what she has meant for Motown.
    Im sure Mr Gordy sent his love and prayers to Ms Days family.
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    Early in his career, Berry wrote a song called YOU ARE YOU for Doris but was never able to get it to her. Years later, he was able to present a copy of the sheet music to her. There's a photo of the occasion in his book.

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    Mary Wilson has cited Doris Day as being a big influence on her in terms of the type of personality she wanted to attain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv2 View Post
    Mary Wilson has cited Doris Day as being a big influence on her in terms of the type of personality she wanted to attain.
    And in one of her books, Mary captions a photo of her in her blonde wig days saying something like "I must have seen too many Doris Day movies!"

    I liked many of her movies especially the comedies with Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. But the movies where she's a damsel in distress - isn't there one where she lands a jet plane or something - are something else again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenneth View Post
    And in one of her books, Mary captions a photo of her in her blonde wig days saying something like "I must have seen too many Doris Day movies!"

    I liked many of her movies especially the comedies with Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. But the movies where she's a damsel in distress - isn't there one where she lands a jet plane or something - are something else again!
    That's right Kenneth. I remember that.

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    The name of that movie is "Julie." I just saw it a month ago and had never heard of it. It's pure soap opera but she rises above the material and does an excellent job.

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    @motownlover1964, It seems she didn't play in that many dramas, mostly comedies, or at least her comedies are her best known films. But I think she was great in "Love Me or Leave Me" with James Cagney and really showed she could handle a major dramatic role. She played the 20s singer Ruth Etting and although it did romanticize a lot of aspects of her life, it wasn't pure Hollywood hokum like so many Hollywood "bios".

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