American author Tom Santopietro considers the artist & the woman

June 4, 2007 3 Comments

After many, many false starts Tom Santopietro’s book on Doris Day is finally in stores for all to enjoy. It would be fair to say that this thoughtful account of her career and life has been well worth the wait!

Tom Santopietro has worked for the past twenty years in New York theatre as a manager of more than two dozen Broadway shows. Many music fans will be familiar with his last project which was dedicated to the global icon & diva Barbra Streisand (The Importance of Being Barbra).

The finished hardback was released by publisher Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in both the UK and USA at the end of March 2007. It totals close to 400-pages, features 20 B/W photographs and proclaims to reveal why Day’s work continues to resonate today, both in ever increasing record sales and Hollywood lifetime achievement awards.

***Please note: That since this article was written the Hardback edition has been superceded by a Paperback edition of ‘Considering Doris Day’. This was released in the USA in August 2008 and in the UK during October 2008. ***

Considering Doris Day
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin USA
ISBN-10: 0312382146

Order the paperback from amazon.co.uk & amazon.com

Book Contents:

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Beginnings
  • Film
  • Recordings
  • Television
  • Animals
  • Que Sera, Sera
  • Coda
  • Filmography
  • Selected Discography
  • Selected Television Appearances
  • Career Scorecard
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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3 Comments to “American author Tom Santopietro considers the artist & the woman”
  1. Stephen M says:

    It is quite astounding to think that ten years ago Eric Braun’s book (“Doris Day”) was the only one that was in print about a star as successful as Doris Day. Even Doris’s official biography “Her Own Story” which had been a #1 best-seller in the 1970s had inexplicably disappeared into the mists of time. It is not surprising therefore why people tended to overlook Doris’s achievements as a singer and actress as they had simply forgotten. The good news is “Considering Doris Day” proves to be a great reminder!

    This new book written by Tom Santopietro is for me what I would describe as the cream to go with your coffee. At the end of 2006, we had an invigorating brew poured by author Pierre Patrick who delighted in telling us everything we needed to know about Doris’s television work (“The Magic of Doris Day through Television”) and now we have the perfect compliment that extensively apprises the rest of her career.

    Although Doris withdrew from the limelight during the 1970s her film and music recording career had been so intense throughout the 1950s and 60s that there is sufficient material to keep admirers entertained for hours and hours and dare I say even more hours. The good thing is it is clear Santopietro is one of those admirers as he does not only know his subject but he talks about her with sincerity.

    It is clear that from start to finish that the underlying mission of this book is one to provoke healthy discussion about Doris’s vast contribution to the entertainment world. Santopietro does not sugar coat what he thinks and clearly does not want “Considering Doris Day” to become a sycophantic tribute. He instead expresses spirited opinions, which are extremely engaging and will certainly prick the conscience of those who dismissed Doris as nothing more than froth from a forgotten era!

    Briefly, this is the perfect book for a Doris Day newbie i.e. for the new generations of fan who are discovering her for the first time or those who are re-discovering her with a new zest and inquisitive mind. With exception of a few minor errors dotted here and there, this book gives an accurate account of Doris’s work and includes a treasure trove of facts, anecdotes and information.

    The biggest achievement and probably the unique aspect of the book is the depth that the author charts Doris’s singing career. From what I know there is nothing really that equals this. I also have a sneaking suspicion that this side of her career is what he admires most (something we have in common).

    For the long-term ‘Doris Day’ devotees this book is not likely to provide any startling new revelations. However, as critics are beginning to re-evaluate the star’s importance this book could not have come at a more opportune moment. It also is destined to become an essential companion for the many budding fans who have discovered Doris through the many recent high profile CD and DVD releases.

    A quote from New York columnist Liz Smith is a great note to end on and echoes my feelings about this book: “Passionate and acute in its critique”.

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