In a revolutionary move…for me…I have decided to test out a combination of Fashion Inspiration and Movie Hero of the Week.
So, first and foremost, let me bring your attention to Doris Day. She’s very famous, don’t get me wrong. Yet, I find her reputation is over-simplified. She’s sort of known for being the virginal, freshly scrubbed 60’s icon with a penchant for birthday cake-like hats. While not unfounded, I’d like to introduce you to a spikier side of Miss Day.
“I look upon Brad Allen as any other disease. I’ve had him. I’m over him.” Pillow Talk
While she was married briefly several times, she has been known to say that if she ever had one true love, it was with Rock Hudson. That, my friends, had to have been a complex relationship, no? She did profess never to have known he was gay. I reserve a hearty “Oh come on,” for that. Still, she did say she knows Rock is in heaven because he was such a kind person.
He was also incredibly good looking. Have you seen him in the tub in Pillow Talk?
You are welcome. Reow.
In this first clip I’d like to share (of Doris), we see a surprisingly dare I say feminist Doris Day? She’s a succesful advertising executive who is desperately trying to land a choice account over the notorious Mr. Webster, a competing advertising executive played by Rock Hudson. (Her hat in this one is more Jiffy Pop than birthday cake.) The clip ends with one of my favorite all time Doris lines.
In a similar role in Pillow Talk, she declares in perhaps her most famous line, “Mr. Allen, it may interest you to know that there are some men who don’t end every sentence in a proposition.”
In a bit of a departure for both Doris Day and Alfred Hitchcock, she stars in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version – costumes, it should be noted, by Edith Head.) Here she sings her signature song…loaded with signature Hitchcock tension:
She nows lives fabulously as a hermity cat lady. That’s true. And pretty awesome. She’s an animal rights advocate and she is done with Hollywood. In fact, it was during filming for The Man Who Knew Too Much that she began her animal rights work. She was upset by the treatment of the livestock “extras” used in the film. I love this woman. Did I mention she’s from Ohio?
She is a staunch Republican, but she’s a blonde from Cincinnati, so that’s to be expected. Le sigh. Speaking of blondes from Cincinnati, she went to the same ballroom dance studio as Vera Ellen and their parents used to carpool. Rosemary Clooney didn’t live all that far away. I wonder if she was there too. In my fantasy, she is. It’s not like Vera’s taking up that much room in the back seat.
It’s easy to forget how sexy some of Doris Day’s movies are, but they are, in their way. Sure, she had a swear jar on the set (that’s also true), but she was a grown up lady living in a crazy world. It’s no bad thing to throw around a little Midwestern no-nonsense sometimes.
“I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on the set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that’s all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.” Doris Day
If you changed “set” to “stage”, you pretty much have my career mantra. Not a higher calling, but a calling nonetheless.
Doris Day was a fashion icon of her time. She represented color, good girls, and excellent tailoring. She even had a paper doll set created in her image!
So, to add a little sunshine to your wintery day, I’d like to share one of my favorite Polyvore creations inspired by none other than Doris Day – Ohio girl, chanteuse, and a personal fashion icon of mine. She also reminds me of my Aunt Becky, whom I love.
While my tiny neurotic brain has a hard time allowing for “whatever will be,” I certainly aspire to see life that way. I also aspire to wear this outfit:
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