Turning 97 and Still Going: Do You Know Who This Famous Star is?
This famous actress did a number of films and even had her own TV show, while wooing the nation with her beautiful voice! Who is it?
Que Sera Sera! What will be will be!
Doris Day turns 97 this April and is still going strong. Since her retirement from films in the early 70s, Day has lived in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She loves and adopts animals and has enjoyed her quiet life now for decades. She operates the Doris Day Animal League which advocates homes and proper care of household pets.
But her career rocked in the 50’s and 60’s. She was everyone’s sweetheart, and continues to be so today as new generations watch her movies.
She was usually one of the top ten singers between 1951 and 1966. Her theme song “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)”, was introduced in the film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).
She has appeared in many projects, though you probably know her best for her performance in Pillow Talk, Calamity Jane, and The Man Who Knew Too Much.
In 1953, Day appeared as the title character in the comedic western-themed musical, Calamity Jane. A song from the film, “Secret Love”, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and became Day’s fourth No. 1 hit single in the US.
Between 1950 and 1953, the albums from six of her famous movie musicals charted in the Top 10, three of them at No. 1.
During this period, Day also had her own radio program, The Doris Day Show. It was broadcast on CBS in 1952–1953.
Day’s earlier history from her IMBD bio:
One of America’s most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older.
Her parents divorced while she was still a child and she lived with her mother. Like most little girls, Doris liked to dance. At fourteen, she formed a dance act with a boy, Jerry Doherty, and they won $500 in a local talent contest. She and Jerry took a brief trip to Hollywood to test the waters. They felt they could succeed, so she and Jerry returned to Cincinnati with the intention of packing and making a permanent move to Hollywood. Tragically, the night before she was to move to Hollywood, she was injured riding in a car hit by a train, ending the possibility of a dancing career.
It was a terrible setback, but after taking singing lessons she found a new vocation, and at age 17, she began touring with the Les Brown Band. She met trombonist Al Jorden, whom she married in 1941. Jorden was prone to violence and they divorced after two years, not long after the birth of their son Terry. In 1946, Doris married George Weidler, but this union lasted less than a year. Day’s agent talked her into taking a screen test at Warner Bros. The executives there liked what they saw and signed her to a contract (her early credits are often confused with those of another actress named Doris Day, who appeared mainly in B westerns in the 1930s and 1940s).
Gotta love this famous woman. What a pure voice, great personality…and beautiful! She is also a staunch lifelong Republican.
Be sure to go to www.dorisday.com to learn more.