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If happiness is 50 percent genetics and 50 percent what we choose, then we can choose to be happy!
Doris brought this wisdom and so much more to SmartTalk 2013 in Wilmington. She started the show with a terrific movie montage, and then she shared some of the rough, interesting, and funny parts of her life story. Like how her father went out for a pack of cigarettes, so they say, and then never came back. Her mother, Ann Meltzer, raised her in the Bronx. Running a typing agency kept her busy, but Doris said it was wonderful. And they got to read all of the best scripts. As a teenager, Doris took odd jobs to pay for drama lessons. Her career began in the 1950's on Broadway!
Doris told a cheeky story, from early in her career, when she didn't know what to do with a director who wanted to kiss her after she got a part. She circled and circled around his desk, with him in pursuit, till she wore him out, lol!!!! Everyone asks her if she's like her character Marie on "Everybody Loves Raymond." She said yes in two ways, she cares deeply about her family and she's even a better cook! In 2005 she wrote "Are you Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, and Lasagna."
Doris' filmography list is incredible with 45 film appearances. She's won every award possible including Emmy's for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for St. Else Where and Everybody Loves Raymond. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a street named after her in her native Bronx! Even her own spot on New Zealand's Wall of Fame! And in Russia, they made a copy cat show called "Everybody Loves Sasha!"
In her campaign to abolish ageism, she made headlines addressing the U.S. Congress, stating, "Ladies and Gentlemen, if you were in my profession, you couldn't get a job!"
She had us laughing during her question and answer segment with SmartTalk host Dan Bauer. Her favorite leading man to work with is Pierce Brosnan. Although, she said she went silly, when she happened to meet Carry Grant.
Back stage Doris was super sweet with a meet and greet. Here she is signing the star board. Doris' son, Michael Cannata, Jr. is her manager, and accompanies her on her tours!
So, what age would you be if you didn't know how old you are?