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Eric Braun's best-selling Doris Day biography revised for 2004...
by Stephen M (Last updated: 01 April 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.

2004 Reprint of 'Doris Day' by Eric Braun
Doris Day [2004 Edition] by Eric Braun in stores from April 1st 2004.

The 2004 edition, which I coordinated, now benefits from a new prologue, extended film/music/award/television listings, as well as a new injection of previously unpublished photo-material taken during the '60s by legendary Hollywood photographer Leo Fuchs (see sample pages below).

If you haven't yet bought this book it is a super-value read and available now from the UK, USA and Australia (distributed by Allen & Unwin). Furthermore, if you own a previous edition - this one knocks spots of those before because of its new content. The overwhelming message has to be that in the absence of Doris's official autobiography, 'Her Own Story', this paperback makes for a superb substitute and a faithful companion for anyone who admires dear Doris!

STOP PRESS July 2005: I 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
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Previously unpublished photo-material taken by legendary Hollywood photographer Leo Fuchs

'Doris Day' features 16 pages of 'Black & White' photos which chart Doris's life from a child in the 1920s through to "Grandma" Doris in the new millennium...

Table of Contents:

  • Acknowledgements

  • Photo Credits

  • Prologue to 2004 Edition

  • Introduction: 'Desperately Seeking Doris...'

  • Renaissance, 1989

  • Childhood, into Salad Days

  • Motherhood and a Million Seller

  • The Warner Years

  • The Road to the Top

  • Pillow Talk and a New Deal

  • Aftermath

  • Fulfilment

  • Awards and Nominations

  • Discography (Studio Albums & US 'Top 20' Solo Singles)

  • Filmography

  • Television Highlights

  • Bibliography

  • Index


Upon finishing the project I met with the book's [now retired] author Eric Braun who was as pleased as punch with this edition and speaking from his home in Twickenham (England) had this message for you:

Eric Braun (March 2004) "I hope you enjoy our updated book, when I say our, I mean Stephen Munns 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)



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