Celebrating a Hollywood heroine

Melinda Schneider celebrates Doris Day with national tour

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BEAUTIFUL DAY: Melinda Schneider is touring to celebrate the life and career of Doris Day following her death earlier this year.

BEAUTIFUL DAY: Melinda Schneider is touring to celebrate the life and career of Doris Day following her death earlier this year.

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Country music icon Melinda Schneider pays tribute to superstar Doris Day.

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POPULAR country music artist Melinda Schneider is returning to the stage with a national tour to pay tribute to screen superstar Doris Day.

The tour, which kicks off this month, follows the Hollywood star's death earlier this year at the age of 97.

A Farewell to Doris will be a nostalgic concert celebration featuring The Young At Heart Orchestra and including hits such as Que Sera, Sera, Sentimental Journey, Everybody Loves a Lover and Secret Lover.

It will also feature classics from movies including Calamity Jane, Love Me or Leave Me and The Pajama Game.

Doris Day and Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk in 1959. Photo: Universal/Alamy

Doris Day and Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk in 1959. Photo: Universal/Alamy

Melinda's love of Doris Day started when she was introduced to her work at just eight years of age.

"I thought she was the best of everything a woman can be and when I grew up I wanted to be just like her," she said.

"I was so saddened to hear the news of the passing of the amazing Doris Day."

Melinda also recently re-released her two acclaimed tribute albums Melinda Does Doris - A Tribute To Doris Day and Melinda Does Doris...Again - The MovieSongs in a double CD package.

She also starred in a hugely successful theatre show DORIS, Dorisa Day - So Much More Than the Girl Next Door, which she wrote with David Mitchell in 2011 and 2012, playing to packed audiences around the country.

Melinda sent Doris the script before the show was staged.

"I wanted to make sure she was happy with the way we had portrayed her and she came back giving me the thumbs up, which made me very happy," she said.

The tour of capital cities will conclude with a performance at QPAC in Brisbane on September 15.

Melinda will then embark on an extensive regional tour, starting at Wests, New Lambton on September 20.

Over 20 dates have already been announced for the regional tour with more to be added soon.

For tour dates or to order a CD, click here and scroll down.

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