Day at a Time
by Mary Anne Barothy
In 1968 Mary Anne Barothy left her society reporter's job on The
Indianapolis News to fulfill a movie fan's dream: she went to
Hollywood to see, and work near, her film idol Doris Day.
Mary Anne got to know Miss Day and their friendship evolved into an
offer to work for her long-time idol as her personal secretary, a
position she held for four years, part of that time in residence, as
the only person outside of family to ever have lived in the star's
"My dream was to get to meet her one day and, through a series of
events, my dream came true and I worked with and lived with her..." -
Mary Anne Barothy.
Mary Anne has now told in detail the story of her years as part of
the Doris Day entourage in her new book Day at a Time: An Indiana
Girl's Sentimental Journey to Doris Day's Hollywood and Beyond.
There was plenty of action during these years when Day was fighting
to regain her fortune, starring in a hit TV series, and beginning her
career as an animal rights' advocate.
"We never knew what would come up in any given day, and my job was
to do it all, whether it was helping her with her lines for a dog food
commercial, walking the 11 dogs who sometimes fought each other, fixing
her favorite breakfast of eggs over lightly and crisp bacon, driving a
truck, or aiding on 'The Doris Day Show" - Mary Anne
During this time Mary Anne also socialized with many well-known celebrities including
Doris' son Terry, who was an innocent witness at the Charles Manson
murder trial, Billy De Wolfe, James Cagney, June Allyson, Dr. Robert Schuller,
Warren Beatty, and author Jackie Susann to name a few.
As the only person besides a relative to live in Doris Day's home
and experience the star's personal life and career moves first-hand,
Mary Anne Barothy's story offers unique appeal featuring stories never
before told and personal photos of Doris never before seen.
Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl's Sentimental Journey to Doris
Day's Hollywood and Beyond is available in both hardcover and soft
cover from Hawthorne Publishing.
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