Doris Day was one of the hardest working entertainers of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as one of the highest paid female singers/actresses of all time. Many of us probably associate Doris Day with a certain kind of middlebrow wholesomeness and mid-century glamour, but I believe that what made her so successful was her work ethic and her conception of herself as a humble worker—an ethos which had its roots in her upbringing in a German-American working-class community in Cincinnati.Read more →
posts and bio Kathy M. Newman
Kathy M. Newman is Associate Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. Her upcoming book, Striking Images: Labor on Screen and in the Streets in the 1950s, combines cultural analysis with labor history.