The movies she did were fluffy and light, entertaining and stylish. I think we are in a perfect moment, based on current trends, to look back to these fabulous romantic comedies for some style inspiration!
A Little Bio: I haven't done any research for this on Doris Day. I know a few things about her though: She began her career as a dancer, not a singer. She and her dance partner were lucky enough to get a contract and were to leave for Hollywood, but the night before she was in a serious car accident. She broke her leg (I believe) and the doctors told her that she would never be able to dance professionally. This was of course crushing news, but while she was bed ridden she listed to records and it became clear that a new career was ahead of her. That's right, she began singing with a band and traveled for years as the lead singer until she got her first movie role "Romance on the High Seas" (1948). It was evident that she had star quality. She wasn't a trained actress but she had a natural, fresh quality. She was called "the girl next door," but I disagree. I know what they mean by that but I don't know anyone as talented, beautiful, and stylish as Doris Day!
|A very young Dorris Day in her first film "Romance on the High Seas"|
|She is just so timeless. I love that dress.|
|Who could forget great scenes like these from the classic romantic comedy "Pillow Talk?"|
|There are few on-screen couples as famous as this one.|
|Gloves? check, matching dress and polka dot hat? check, incredibly adorable? check|
|Doris Day and David Niven in "Please Don't Eat the Daisies."|
I love this movie. Day plays a harried mom of 3 boys, has a large dog, and is the wife of an ambitious play critic. She volunteers at her boys' school, attends her husband's boring work parties, redecorates their country house all while looking fabulous! Now that is a WORKING mother!
|I know it is just a movie, but I am so inspired by the thought of a mom who always looks pulled together.|
|I know, I know. This picture says it all; they are the epitome of what we love about these movies. Cary Grant and Doris Day in "That Touch of Mink."|
|Style with a capital "S"|
Doris Day movies are the perfect link to Valentine's Day. The movie "Down With Love" was made a few years back which captures the silly, cute qualities of the original Day/Hudson movies, filled with double entendre. I love this song at the end of the movie.....so here's to love!