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.
Next week, Day will beam into what used to be the 20th Century Fox backlot to accept, via video, a Career Achievement Award at the 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Not quite that alleged early 1980s Pillow Talk sequel, but still pretty good.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Fifteen Years Later, Columnist Finally Gets to Interview Doris Day