Doris and Weidler made no secret of the fact that they were sharing a hotel room, something still considered scandalous for unmarried couples in those more innocent days. All she received in return was more abuse. Her first film was as Georgia Garrett in Romance on the High Seas 1948. And it was a great success.
Thriller: Doris Day with James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 film The Man Who Knew Too Much She started touring with Les Brown again, which meant leaving baby Terry with her mother. The bottom dropped out of Doris's world. You can vote for this post by clicking the '+' or '-' icon at the top or you can also post your comments about this picture bellow. Success after success: Doris Day with Rock Hudson in 1959's Pillow Talk Although she had announced, once again, that she was going to quit singing to be a full-time wife and mother, this was an appearance she couldn't bear to miss - the show had a huge following.
Millions of copies were sold and it became as potent a 'Forces Sweetheart' song as Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' and Marlene Dietrich's 'Lili Marlene'. She should have stuck with her first instincts. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. The song became Doris's signature tune, occupying the number one spot in the charts for nine weeks in America. During her entertainment career, she appeared in 39 films, recorded more than 650 songs, received an Academy Award nomination, won a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award, and, in 1989, received the Cecil B. It also coincided with Doris appearing for the first time on Bob Hope's radio extravaganza, The Pepsodent Show.
Though Weidler was not violent, he wasn't fond of his stepson - and he was cheating on Doris already. After the tour, Doris informed Les Brown that she was leaving the band to get married. Although he joined her mother Alma in begging her to think again, she was in love and she refused to listen. As well as now smoking three packets of cigarettes a day, she was having an affair with a leading actor of the day, Jack Carson. I loved watching you with Jimmy Cagney the most.
She would spend the rest of her life yearning for an unattainable family idyll. It was Hope who introduced Doris to the man that would make her a movie star - her first agent, Al Levy. He cheated on Doris, knocked her around and humiliated her in public. When his pleading did not work, Brown ordered the couple to split up.
And those musicians were unreliable. In the spring of 1941, between matinee and evening shows in New York, where she was serving out her notice, Doris was married to Al Jorden. Doris's mother - usually a placid soul - told Jorden if the abortion went ahead, she would have him killed. She accepted at once and promised to give up the half-dozen or so men in her life. He dragged her out of the theatre and through the streets, then up the stairs to their room at the Whitby Hotel, off Times Square, where he beat her senseless. She made three films for the studio in 1950 and five more in 1951.
Doris finally contacted her mother to say she'd had enough, and within hours Alma arrived and announced she had found a house for the two of them and the baby. In fact, it was the best thing that could have happened - not just for her health, but also for her career. All her life, Doris - like Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Joan Crawford and many other stars - was to attract mean and moody types with whom she had and, by all accounts, enjoyed a sex life where passion constantly merged into violence. When a gossip column reported that Doris and her manager were having an adulterous affair, Patty immediately filed for divorced and Melcher asked Doris to marry him when he was free. It was while on one singing engagement that she met Al Jordan, whom she married in 1941. She had a huge temper, and if she didn't get her own way she would slam doors, swear like a trooper and threaten to go back to Cincinnati.
Ultimately, however, this marriage was going to prove yet another disastrous mistake. Somehow, despite all the energy she was expending on her socialising, her career was going from strength to strength. After a night on the town with his latest squeeze he would stomp up the stairs, drunk, barge into Alma's room and rattle the bars of Terry's cot, bellowing at him until the terrified child screamed the house down. Doris only put up with this a few times before calling in the locksmith when her husband was out and starting divorce proceedings.
She didn't like the surly Jorden one bit. Her parents divorced while she was still a child and her mother gained custody. Shrewdly, Levy recognised Doris's enormous potential, not as a band and radio singer, where he believed her talents were being wasted, but as a solo performer and potential movie star. Doris lost count of the number of times he called her a 'dirty whore'. It was the start of a career that would span the next 30 years.
The star is now living as a recluse in California Soon she was touring across the country, and the pressure began to take its toll - she started drinking and smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. So she was now seeing Marty Melcher, George Weidler, Jack Carson - and her handsome co- star in another film, Steve Cochran, boyfriend of none other than Joan Crawford, who would always hate Doris for stealing her man. She also had a habit of talking with her mouth full and spitting, which cannot have helped his mood swings. For the rest of her life, Doris had a horror of riding in the front of a car. Working the overnight shift, the characters deploy state-of-the-art forensic technology to solve unsolvable crimes.