Day at a Time

An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey
to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond


About Mary Anne

Mary Anne Barothy grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from St. Agnes Academy, an all-girls school run by the Sisters of Providence. She went on to Marian College where she majored in English/Journalism. Her interest in pursuing a career in writing came from a role Doris Day played in Paramount’s Teacher’s Pet co-starring Clark Cable in which Doris played a dedicated college journalism professor.

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2020 A new edition of Day at a Time has just come out!

Updated material and six new color photo pages of Doris in her home, yard and in the public forum, both for her animal welfare causes and enjoying the Beverly Hills environment in a casual way not possible for stars today.


Mary Anne’s career has been a trajectory from newspapers to Hollywood! As a journalist working for the Indianapolis News  in the 1960s and 70s, Mary Anne interviewed celebrities including Carol Burnett, Sonny and Cher, and Herman from The Munsters. But her eyes were aimed at Beverly Hills and one certain star she’d been a fan of since childhood. She took her interviewing and writing skills there—and after serving as Doris Day’s secretary she put her memories into a book, published in 2007.


A focus on one of the most beloved Hollywood stars of all time, with details of everyday life gleaned by Mary Anne when she lived in Doris Day’s home bring this narrative to life.