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There are 12 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Aug 31, 2007, titled Ralph De La Cruz: Duran Duran's in their 40s? I'm old, old -- S.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

I usually don't traffic in e-mails. But this one really hit. The e-mail listed 32 beautiful women celebrities from the 1940s to the 1960s.

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Mary Anne Barothy

Plainfield, IN

#1 Sep 1, 2007

Thank you for a very interesting article about some of the stars of my youth...how times flies! Where did time go???

I had the honor of getting to know, work for and live with my idol, Doris Day. Was a fan at age 10 after seeing Doris in CALAMITY JANE in '54 and set my eye on the prize....eventually moved to LA and got to know Doris. She asked me to work for her and I was her secretary while she was filming "The Doris Day Show" at CBS in the 70s and lived with her for over a year after that. What a great Lady!

Just finished my memoir due out in October from Hawthorne Publishing:

An Indiana Girl's Sentimental Journey
To Doris Day's Hollywood and Beyond


Doris was recently voted not only the most popular actress of all time, but also the most loved. Unlike many of the so-called 'stars' of today, she has class and was always a Lady! I am anxious to share "my story" with everyone in DAY AT A TIME.

Thanks for the great article, Ralph!

Mary Anne Barothy
[email protected]

Memphis, TN

#2 Sep 4, 2007
Excuse Me:
But I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But Lena Horne expired after Rosa Parks in the same year.
Mary Anne Barothy

United States

#3 Sep 8, 2007
Alesandra wrote:
Excuse Me:
But I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But Lena Horne expired after Rosa Parks in the same year.
I am happy to report that Lena Horne is still very much alive - when I first read that I didn't think it was right and have done some checking and discovered that she is alive!!!!

Godalming, UK

#4 Nov 12, 2007
Excuse me:
But did you know that Mary Anne Barothy's book, which she claims to be a tribute to Doris Day is in fact nothing of the sort?

I am in contact with many Doris Day fans who have found this book to be nothing more than a poorly written excuse for literature which, has offended most of the genuine Doris Day fans who have purchased it. They were under the impression that it was a loving tribute and have found out that there is nothing loving about it.

It has recently come to light that the book was written using, illegally taped conversations of Doris Day, in the privacy of her own home. Lovely Mary Anne!,I wonder what you would do to people you did not consider "your friend"?

United States

#5 Nov 23, 2007
I bought "day at a time " and loved it very much. The author takes you on a four year journey to doris days hollywood.I came away with more love for doris day and a new perspective of hollywood.
Ms. Barothy made me laugh and cry and share joy and pain,everything a good book should do.I always loved doris day the artist , now I love doris the person as well.I highly recomend this book to all true doris day fans , you will find it a true treasure as I have. JANIE

Las Cruces, NM

#6 Nov 26, 2007
Hmm, I cannot imagine reading "Day At A Time" and not realize it is a book filled with tabloid trash. If you call invading someone's personal privacy and doing alot of it illegally, I suppose this book would be right up your alley. For those of us who have a deep respect for Ms. Doris Day, and were misled by the author into thinking this was to be a tribute, we think you are wasting your money on an author that apparently has no literary skills as well.

United States

#7 Dec 15, 2007
Janie - how could you possibly enjoy reading this book ? It made me cry - I saw no laughter in it. And it makes me cry to imagine the pain it must be causing Miss Day. It is a spiteful invasion of Miss Day's private life - with the feel of a payback for Barothy's firing over 30 years ago. Does she hold a grudge from that long ago or does she just need the money ? Whichever is true - this is a despicable way to solve either of those needs.
If you are a true Doris Day fan - respect her by not buying this book.


#8 Dec 23, 2007
I have read “Day at a Time” by Mary Anne Barothy and found it to be an enjoyable read. This is a dream-come-true story about a young Midwestern girl who moves to California and becomes secretary to her favorite movie star, Doris Day, including 2 years of living in her home. Eventually, she took on other household duties and became a friend to Doris. She wore a lot of hats and some of her duties were not exactly glamorous, but as a devoted fan and loyal employee, she did them out of love. The reader gets a glimpse of life in Hollywood that people don’t normally see, and during an era that offered celebrities that someone could really look up to. Granted, there are instances in the book in which Doris did not react perfectly, but that just makes her more human in Ms. Barothy’s story. The author went out of her way to protect Doris on many occasions, acting as a concerned friend and not just an employee.

I find the negative comments about this book ridiculous: they just scream of jealousy and envy. Someone said she shouldn’t have written this book without Doris’s knowledge and support. Hate to break it to you, but a celebrity is a public entity and there are plenty of unauthorized biographies and other books that have been published about movie stars. From what I understand, Ms. Barothy DID try to contact Doris about the book, but Doris chose not to respond. If she had, perhaps she might have had some input, but by not contacting the author, she either wasn’t concerned about what would be written or trusted Ms. Barothy to do a book that would show her in a positive but human light. These other “fans” obviously are on these forums in an organized protest to discredit Ms. Barothy’s book. I think they are trying to preserve Doris’s squeaky clean image and can’t face the fact that Doris wasn’t always “on”, that she made some mistakes (who hasn’t?) and that Ms. Barothy’s is an honest portrait of the star. People who say this book is “trash” obviously haven’t read it – it’s a straightforward look at 4 years of Doris’s life presented by a woman who unabashedly was a great admirer and helpmate. I would recommend “Day at a Time” to anyone, so if you haven’t yet read it, please ignore the naysayers and their agenda.
Mark Seiffert


#9 Mar 8, 2008
Instead of buying and reading something unauthorized, and taped bugged converstations without permission. Find the authorized bestseller, Doris Day Her Own Story, by A.E. Hotchner, the author of Papa Hemingway. Avoid Day at A Time.
rita street

Temecula, CA

#10 May 22, 2008
Having known Ms. Barothy for yaears when she worked in the animation industry, I can assure you that Mary Anne is a truly honest and talented professional. You are a stalker.

Since: Jul 08

Baltimore, MD

#11 Jul 10, 2008
I have read Barothy's book and it just gave me more insight into the REAL Doris Day who was NOT a goody two-shoes, but a really live, breathing person who had feelings and faults like all of us. Way to Go Dorothy...for telling it like it is and making me love Doris even more.
Not only have I have read this book, but I also have read The new Kaufman book and the book published in the UK (with the same cover picture...how stupid!). NONE of these tell ALL the story, but all three of them seem to highlight the fact that Doris Day is REALLY HUMAN! She cries, she loves, she cusses..AMEN AND HALLELUJAH! That just makes me love her all the more. For too many years, her husband FORCED her to comply with her "goody two shoes image", and I can understand why she got fed up with it...especially when it cost her some of what could have been the greatest roles of her career, namely: Nellie Forbush in SOUTH PACIFIC (THE PART WAS MADE FOR HER!) AND Maria in SOUND OF MUSIC (SURE, Julie Andrews was great; Doris could have been magnificent!)
I always thought that her records should have been much bigger hits....and they would have been if she had had a PROPER agent other than numbscull Melcher.
NO ONE YET has properly listed ALL OF HER RECORDINGS beginning with those she did as vocalist with Les Brown and ending with the ones as yet unreleased that she sang on the cable show, Doris Day's Best Friends.
I have heard from a source that I trust that Doris is as beautiful today as she ever was, and it is a darn shame that no one has been smart enough yet to entice her back for a great film...I still think she would do it.
I miss her a lot (on the screen, on tv and on records), but I have a great collection and I listen to and watch it daily. Doris is the greatest entertainer there ever was; she has brightened my life every day.

Since: Jul 08


#12 Jul 20, 2008
Kudos Rita Street and MikeyDV -- Yes, it is a great book! I walked away with a keen sense of truly knowing Doris Day -- and a good feeling! This very obvious and purposeful attempt by a few fans to discredit Mary Anne Barothy is very vicious, and not something that Doris Day would approve of. Thank you Mary Anne for giving me a glimpse of your life with my idol!

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