Books: Cultural History
Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond
Doris Day was at an apex moment of her career and personal life in the years 1969-1974. Completing a cycle of some of the most popular films in history, she lost her third husband, Marty Melcher just before she began work on a TV series, “The Doris Day Show.” She was just beginning to re-bond with her son Terry and to cultivate her life-long interest in the humane treatment and care of animals.
The star needed a secretary, and she hired Mary Anne Barothy, one of her most devoted fans, who had had experience as an Indianapolis newspaper reporter. Mary Anne spent four years as Doris’s secretary, two of those years in the star’s home. As the only person beside a relative to live in Doris Day’s home and experience the star’s personal life and career moves first-hand, Mary Anne Barothy’s story has unique appeal.
Stories never told and personal photos of Doris never seen anywhere, bring a Hollywood world now vanished to life. Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond is full of personal stories and insights which will fascinate the millions of Doris Day fans everywhere—and intrigue a wider audience. Day at a Time is a piece of America’s cultural history.