I was just watching Doris receive her 1989 Cecil B. DEMille Lifetime Achievement Award, above, posted by Peter Flapper on YouTube. It's not the best quality but it's very interesting - Doris starts off by saying "I'm a wreck, I don't know what to say" and then she says "I really
don't!" That's a kind of trademark of hers, she says that a lot to emphasise what she's said before. And then she goes on to give a perfect speech that seems completely spontaneous but being the actress she is she must have thought about it a lot and maybe even rehearsed it. Nowadays, some people say 'I don't know what to say', say nothing and walk off, or thank everyone from parents to pet goldfish, while crying their eyes out loudly (can you cry your eyes out loudly?)
I was thinking, watching her, that's a woman on her own up there. In that situation, I imagine, you really are on your own with the cream of Hollywood watching you, television cameras, photographers - that's probably why she said 'I'm a wreck'. Having mentioned her great leading men (just wondered why she singled out James Garner then - was he in the audience?) the comment to Clint Eastwood, "By the way, I'd like to work with you
!" was funny, flirtatious - and brave. Brave because it could have fallen flat. Well it would have if Dom DeLuise had said it. Anyway Doris and Clint were just good friends, which is a shame because Clint was the mayor of Carmel and Doris was (The Most Beautiful) mayor of Universal Studios at one time, and had they got together they could have really cleaned up Carmel.
I was going to say something about what Doris had said about wanting to work in Hollywood again (I didn't believe her anyway!
- although I'm sure she meant it at the time) but my pet goldfish needs feeding.