(Above: Doris Day in ‘Midnight Lace’)
Doris Day, who died this morning at 97, rose to fame as a singer, became a top movie star, and ended her acting career with a hit TV sitcom.
Day’s first movie was the comedy Romance on the High Seas (1948). Here, she sings “It’s Magic,” which would receive an Oscar nomination for Best Song:
Day received her only Best Actress Oscar nomination for Pillow Talk (1959). Pillow Talk was the first of her three romcom blockbusters co-starring Rock Hudson.
You can rent Pillow Talk for $2.99 SD or $3.99 HD from multiple sources.
Day was more than a comedic actress and singer, though. She could also play it straight, as evidenced by her Golden Globe Best Actress nomination for Midnight Lace (1960). You can watch the complete thriller right here:
In 1968, Day became a TV star when The Doris Day Show premiered on CBS. It would run for 128 episodes and several format changes over five seasons. In short, if you like family comedies, check out the first three seasons. Fans of comedies focused on single career women should try the final two seasons.
If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, all five seasons of The Doris Day Show are available to binge. You can also see all episodes free If you belong to a participating Hoopla library. Four episodes, including one with Tony Bennett as guest, are available free to anyone at MeTV.com. Or you can buy individual episodes for $1.99 and complete seasons for $24.99 from Amazon, Google Play or YouTube.
In addition, free over-the-air channel Decades has just announced it will air 68 episodes of the show from Saturday, May 25, at 1 pm ET through Monday, May 27, at 7 am. Decades can be seen via an antenna hooked up to your TV set. To find your local station, visit the channel’s “Where to Watch” page.
After The Doris Day Show, Day stopped acting but the animal rights activist later returned to TV with Doris Day’s Best Friends, a talk show that ran for 26 episodes on the CBN cable channel during the 1985-1986 season. Rock Hudson, dying from AIDS, a fellow dog lover, and one of Day’s best friends, guested on her first episode.
CBN has since morphed into the current Freeform channel, and the whereabouts of Doris Day’s Best Friends is unknown. But we’re sure that Day and Hudson are happily together once again. Que sera, sera.
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