Op-Ed

Patt Morrison Asks: Doris Day

It was fast and I thought, "This is going to be nice for me to dance to." Everybody liked it, and it was done in a very fast tempo.

And then [years later] I put it the way it was supposed to be, soft and lovely. It was my favorite. It took me back to when I sang it as a little girl.

Your movies are still popular. Do you miss acting?

It was just a wonderful part of my life. I couldn't wait to get to work. Sometimes I think I should have stayed longer and I should have done more films. [But] I just got so involved with animals that I didn't.

You'd always be welcomed back.

As a grandma? [Day has one grandson.]

I certainly think so.

I could play grandmas.

I'm not an old lady, and yet I'm up there in years, but I don't feel like that at all.

Do you ever watch your movies?

I've been looking at my old films recently, now that you mention it.

Are you watching like a fan or an actress?

I watch them like I'm there. I never did that when I was making films -- I never saw them. I'm having a lot of fun seeing them now. I [analyze myself] and think, "Um hm, what am I going to do with this?'' I laugh when I'm laughing in the scene. I laugh sitting in my chair watching.

If you could wave a wand, what would you wish the world to do for animals?

I would like for people to know they're part of the family -- and [for animals to have] the best life they could ever have.

patt.morrison@latimes.com

This interview was edited and excerpted from a longer taped transcript. Interview archive: latimes.com/pattasks.

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