But she never lost her affinity for Day's work and through a series of incredible events, she got to know Day on a personal level, working as her assistant for four years and living with her for two in the 1970s.
Barothy has written a memoir about her experience with Day, a book titled "Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl's Sentimental Journey to Doris Day's Hollywood and Beyond."
Barothy will be at Fine Print Bookstore from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday for a book signing and to talk about her story.
Throughout the book, the Indianapolis-native shares her insights working with Day in a Hollywood that was much more personable and accessible than today's paparazzi-riddled boulevards, Barothy said.
She first met the star, who was working on the Doris Day Show at the time, at a Hollywood bakery. Barothy developed a relationship with her through several chance encounters -- something she readily admits would never happen nowadays.
Barothy said her book differs from other biographies of Day because it focuses much more on the star's personality and day-to-day life than on her professional career.
But even all these years later, Barothy still finds her star-studded career in Los Angeles hard to believe.
"This was beyond any wildest dream I ever had," she said.