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Producer, Martin Melcher, was born on Aug 1, 1915 in North Adams, MA. Melcher died at the age of 52 on Apr 20, 1968 in Died: April 20, 1968 (age 52) and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

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Was the third husband of Doris Day. After marrying her, he adopted Terry, Day's son from her first marriage to trombonist Al Jorden. Terry Melcher grew up to become a very successful record producer.

Martin Melcher (Doris Day's husband and manager), "turned down" the role of Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (for Doris). When the film's producer sent him the novel, he was reportedly so offended by it that he never even showed it to his wife, costing her a role that might have revived her film career.

When his 17 year marriage to Doris Day ended with his death in 1968, Day discovered that because he had power of attorney, not only had he signed her to a CBS TV series without her knowledge, but also that the millions she had earned in her twenty year film career had all been squandered on poor investments. Day honored the CBS commitment, then successfully sued Melcher's partner Jerome B. Rosenthal and, after years of litigation, was awarded a record $22.8 million settlement from him.

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