December 14th, 2011
12:30 PM ET
Star of yesteryear Doris Day is back in the spotlight with a new album, “My Heart.” The legendary singer and actress spoke to Parade about her voice - and her many iconic co-stars.
“My Heart” was released in September, and its debut at No. 9 in the U.K. made Day the oldest female artist to ever have had a top ten album on the U.K. charts.
Despite the new album (her first since 1967’s “The Love Album"), the 87-year-old says she can’t sing at the moment.
“I could still sing until I got bronchitis,” Day explains. “I had a very, very bad attack a couple of years ago; I thought I would never get over it. That's why I sound different. But sometimes I sing along with something, and I think, ‘That wasn't bad.’ I wonder sometimes if I could start vocalizing.”
Doris has been delighting fans since her debut in 1945 (when she released hit song “Sentimental Journey”), but she’s also had some memorable leading men by her side through the years.
Day spills on frequent co-star Rock Hudson: “We really liked each other,” she says. “He named me Eunice, just for fun. I was always Eunice with him.”
She recalls seeing the actor just months before he died. “I was up here filming a show ('Doris Day's Best Friends,' July 1985) when all of a sudden he appeared. At first I didn't know who he was. I looked at him and was almost in tears. He was so thin, just gaunt. It was just unbelievable. But we walked and laughed together. He was so seriously ill, but he was still funny. It just about put me away—it's so hard to be funny when you know what's going to happen.”
She also recalls working with the late James Cagney. “I loved him. He was a wonderful person, just adorable,” Day says of Jimmy. However, she goes on, “Not in that film [“Love Me or Leave Me”], he wasn't. Oh, he was nasty!”
And last by not least, Tony Randall, who passed away in 2004. “He was so superb, so funny,” Doris says. “I just loved him. Did we ever [have fun]! We laughed.”
Find Day’s full interview in the December 25 issue of Parade, but until then, check out some personal photos of Doris through the years at Parade.com.
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