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LA Times Reader Corrects Doris Day

In the latest telephone interview granted by Doris Day from Carmel, the actress told LA Times reporter Susan King that Hollywood stopped calling after she moved up the coast, and that there was never any Cary Grant-like effort to lure her out of a benevolent retirement from showbiz. But perhaps the actress meant only that no major studio mogul paid her a personal visit.

In the reader comments, user pebrogan reminds that Day was approached to discuss starring in Murder She Wrote, Dynasty and other TV series. He also accurately points out that there was at least one notable feature film entreaty:

There were multiple film offers, most notably from Albert Brooks who went to Carmel in the mid-90′s to offer Miss Day the title role in Mother. Miss Day met with Brooks but ultimately decided against doing the film. Distinguished columnist Liz Smith reported in the early years of the new milennium that Elizabeth Taylor was interested in working with Doris Day.

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Fifteen Years Later, Columnist Finally Gets to Interview Doris Day

Some celebrity interview requests take longer than others to come to fruition. Rarely though do they span the length of four U.S. presidential terms, as is the case with Roger Friedman and Doris Day.

Friedman spoke to to Day for Parade magazine, but it is on his Showbiz411.com blog that he provides the intriguing journalistic back story. He thought all was lost a few years ago when the actress’ publicist Linda Dozoretz passed away. However, that was before Day decided, at age 87, to release this month a new album. Per Friedman:

A very nice man, Bob Bashara, who works with Doris’s animal rights foundation contacted me and said at last, an interview would be possible. I think I was more shocked than Doris when a great publicist in LA, Charley Walters, put together our phone call. The interview happened to follow by two hours the announcement that Doris’s famous recording of “Que Sera Sera” had been put into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Eavesdroppers Struggling with the Sounds of Siri

There’s a funny New York Times piece by Nick Wingfield about a new problem in the ever-changing world of cell phone netiquette. It’s all about what to do or not to do when the person next to you starts barking back at their iPhone 4S virtual assistant Siri.

Included in the article are several LA anecdotes. Along with the guy who had to endure listening to a woman while in line at a car dealership, there’s this tidbit from 24-year-old Jimmy Wong:

Wong was at an after-hours diner with friends in Los Angeles recently when they found themselves next to a man ordering Siri to write memos and dictate e-mails. They found the man’s conversation with his phone “creepy,” without any of the natural pauses and voice inflections that occur in a discussion between two people.

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