In the U.S., movie icon Doris Day has been pretty much of the media spotlight since the mid-1980s. One exception: the supermarket tabloid The Globe, which has a headline this week linking her romantically with Paul McCartney.
The actual story walks away from the headline, indicating a 46-year-long mutual admiration. The former Beatle recently interviewed Doris in the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, in advance of her new album. It’s the only interview Miss Day granted. This is what triggered the Globe piece.
Across the pond, Doris Day seems to have a much bigger and robust fan base, although I’m not sure why. Is it a relationship akin to Jerry Lewis and the French, or Jimmy Osmond and the Japanese? Maybe. At any rate, Ms. Day’s new album, “My Heart,” launched in the U.K. Top 10, and she’s the oldest art there to land on that list with new material. (British singer Vera Lynn, at 92, made the list with a greatest-hits album in 2009.)
But I’m a huge Doris Day fan, and have been ever since I read A. E. Hotchner’s biography of her, picked up on a whim from one of those big book sales at the Pequot Library; and also a brief clip from “Pillow Talk” that made it to “The Celluloid Closet.” Something just clicked. Believe it or not, I have her entire TV series on DVD.
I’m also a recovering anglophile, another possible connection.
I’m the only Doris Day fan I know of personally. But there are lots more of us out there, and not just me, the Brits, and the editor at the Globe.