Eric Braun’s best-selling British Doris Day biography revised for 2004 and
featuring rare photos by Hollywood photographer Leo Fuchs
April 1, 2004
In the year of Doris’s 80th birthday Orion Publishing print the 2004 edition of
their “warm and authoritative” biography by British writer, Eric Braun.
First published in 1991, ‘Doris Day’ tells of the star’s childhood, her fame
both as a singer and actress, the near-fatal car crash that put paid to her
budding career as a dancer, her four marriages and the passionate campaigns for
animal welfare that now dominate her life.
The 2004 edition, which the webmaster of this site helped prepare additional
content for now benefits from a new prologue, extended
film/music/award/television listings, as well as a series of previously
unpublished photo material taken during the 1960s by legendary Hollywood
photographer Leo Fuchs (see samples above).
The book is not written to shock or upset as it pretty much sticks to a very
“safe” path of re-telling what more ardent fans will already know about Ms. Day
and what she already discussed in her own authorised 1970s book. The writer at
times reflects on his childhood as he looks back on Ms Day’s career which some
may object to but all in all we think the book offers a super-value read
especially with all the great new content!
“Doris Day” by Eric Braun is available now from the UK, USA and Australia
(distributed by Allen & Unwin). Our overwhelming message has to be that in the
absence of Doris’s official autobiography, ‘Her Own Story’, this paperback makes
for a nice substitute read for anyone who admires dear Doris!
STOP PRESS July 2005: We have just been informed by the publisher that the 2004
edition has just gone into its 3rd reprint which just goes to show it is as ever
popular today as it was when it first came out in 1991!
Orion Publishing ISBN: 0752817159
Order from amazon.co.uk & amazon.com
Features 16 pages of ‘Black & White’ photos which chart Doris Day’s life
from a child in the 1920s through to “Grandma” Doris in the new millennium.
Prologue to 2004 Edition
Introduction: ‘Desperately Seeking Doris…’
Childhood, into Salad Days
Motherhood and a Million Seller
The Warner Years
The Road to the Top
Pillow Talk and a New Deal
Awards and Nominations
Discography (Studio Albums & US ‘Top 20’ Solo Singles)
“I hope you enjoy our updated book, when I say our, I mean Stephen (the
webmaster of this site) and myself as he was so helpful. It has been a great
joy to do and I hope everyone likes it….” – Eric Braun (March 2004)