August 1, 1915|
North Adams, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||April 20, 1968
Los Angeles, California
|Spouse(s)||Patty Andrews (1947–1950; divorced)
Doris Day (1951–1968; his death)
Martin Melcher (August 1, 1915 – April 20, 1968) was an American film producer and husband of Doris Day.
Born to Jewish parents in North Adams, Massachusetts, Melcher began his career as a song plugger while married to his first wife, singer Jane Rappaport in New York. He then worked as an agent and road manager for The Andrews Sisters and eventually married Patty Andrews on October 19, 1947. The couple divorced on March 30, 1950.
Slightly more than a year later, he married Doris Day, and they formed their own production company, Arwin Productions, in 1952. With the exception of one movie, all of his projects were starring vehicles for Day.
Melcher died of what could have been a ruptured appendix. According to Day's 1975 autobiography, Melcher's physician informed her that Melcher suffered from an enlarged heart. Melcher practiced Christian Science and elected not to seek medical intervention until his condition deteriorated.
Shortly after his death, Day discovered Melcher had committed her to a CBS situation comedy, The Doris Day Show, without consulting her, and that not only had he lost the millions she had earned throughout their marriage because of poor investments, but he had left her seriously in debt as well. She sued his business partner Jerome B. Rosenthal and was awarded nearly US$23 million for fraud and malpractice following a 99-day trial. Rosenthal declared bankruptcy, and in August 1977 Day settled with his insurers for US$6 million that was paid in 23 annual installments.
- Julie (1956)
- The Tunnel of Love (1958)
- Pillow Talk (1959)
- It Happened to Jane (1959)
- Midnight Lace (1960)
- Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
- Lover Come Back (1961)
- Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
- That Touch of Mink (1962)
- Move Over, Darling (1963)
- The Thrill of It All (1963)
- Send Me No Flowers (1964)
- Caprice (1967)
- With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)
- Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968)