“I want to tell the truth, and maybe that’s why they trust me. When I was acting, I believed what I said … every line.” – Doris Day
Half of my childhood was spent at my Italian grandparents’ house, learning to make pasta and ballroom dance, and even working our way through every episode of Diagnosis Murder.
But what I remember clearer than anything were the musicals.
Nonno – my grandfather – didn’t particularly like them, he preferred war films or documentaries, but he’d watch anything for my Nanna and she adored them. In fact, she loved musicals so much that my mother is named “Doris” after their favourite musical actress – Doris Day.
My sisters and I spent hours gallivanting around rooms, pretending to be Calamity Jane, and standing off with anyone who dared question our ability to ride and shoot as well as any man. (FYI, I can’t shoot and I don’t think I’ve ever ridden in my life – it’s all a happy coincidence!)
So when I discovered that Fiona Harper’s latest novel was called The Doris Day Vintage Film Club, I fell head over heels. Fast.
I’ve interviewed her about her love of all things Doris, as well as how those fab films influenced the book, over at Mills & Boon Socialise. It’s all about those halcyon days…