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Estranged family and staff of Hollywood icon Doris Day say she was 'manipulated' throughout her life, with both sides pointing the finger at the other, as it remains unclear what will become of the nearly $5million in assets belonging to her animal welfare foundation.
In a Facebook post shared the day after she died, Day's only grandson, Ryan Melcher, said he was kept from seeing his grandmother by manager Bob Bashara.
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Ryan said that Bashara used his position of influence over Day to cut out other family members, completely replace her long-time staff with his family, and that as a result of Bashara's efforts, Ryan had to learn of Day's May 13 death over social media and in the news, like the rest of the public.
Ryan said Day Bashara kept him from keeping a dinner meeting that Day had requested with him following the untimely death of Day's son and his adoptive father, Terry Melcher, in 2004, but Day's most recent publicist, Charley Cullen Walters, said it was Day's decision not to see Ryan.
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Walters added that Day was exploited by those closest to her, but it was her ex-husbands, and not staff, that were guilty of manipulation, with Ryan's adoptive grandfather Martin Melcher squandering her $20 million fortune.
Long-time fan of Day's and prolific pen pal Mike DeVita echoed Walters' thoughts on Day's lovers, but said Day did very much want to reconnect with Ryan.
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DailyMail.com attempted to reach Bashara through Day's charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, of which Bashara is the CFO, but did not immediately receive a reply.
Following Day's death, Ryan wrote a heartfelt post about how Day had impacted his life so positively at a young age, but shared how he had not seen his grandmother in years as he blamed Bashara for keeping them apart....
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