The Truth About Doris Day’s Off-Screen Life – And Why She Wasn’t As Wholesome As You First Thought

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Best known for her memorable performance in Calamity Jane, Doris Day was once considered Tinseltown’s ultimate girl next door. And, famously, the actress lit up the screen in a series of charming romantic comedies alongside Rock Hudson. But in the same way as Day’s long-time co-star, it seems that the actress’ private life wasn’t quite as wholesome as her public persona. So, what exactly was Day hiding from her fans?

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Back in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Day was widely regarded as an innocent alternative to the vampish Marilyn Monroe. The press presented her as someone who men dreamed of making their wife; Monroe, by contrast, was painted as a woman with whom men dreamed of getting into bed. And Day seemed more than happy to live up to this reputation – on screen, at least.

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