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America's sweetheart and the star malfunction: Doris Day and Jennifer Aniston
In Jeanine Basinger's book on the old Hollywood studios' star-making system, The Star Machine there is a great little section on how Doris Day became a huge name, while the similarly talented and wholesome Rosemary Clooney did not. Basinger put it down to bad studio handling. The studio system broke down in the 60s. But I think there's an even stronger comparison with Jennifer Aniston, currently struggling in the ambivalently reviewed Horrible Bosses. Like Aniston, Doris Day's nice girl image has been held against her over the years. Both have been huge television stars, though The Doris Day Show on TV came after her movie career, and she was a top box office movie star from the start. Both have a tomboyishness about their beauty and the way they carry themselves. Day lowered her voice an octave for her favourite ever film role, Calamity Jane,(1953) and watch her strut around her log cabin with her lower lip stuck out. It's uncannily Aniston-like. Both Day and Aniston are capable of