Once viewed as “America’s sweetheart” and the woman who personified that “All American wholesome girl”; singer and actress Doris Day died May 13, as a result of pneumonia in her Carmel Valley, California home at the age of 97.

She was also an animal rights activist with her own foundation – the Doris Day Animal Foundation. She is credited with having founded one of the first animal protection organizations.

She was only 17 when she began her singing career with the Les Brown Band. As a singer, Doris Day’s music appeared in over 100 film and television productions including “American Crime Story”, “I, Tonya”, “Bates Motel”, “Ray Donovan”, “Mad Men”, “Frankie & Alice”, “Six Feet Under”, “The Simpsons”, “Antz”, “Grumpier Old Men”, “Quantum Leap”, “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies”, “Pillow Talk”, “Teacher’s Pet”, “The Pajama Game”, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, “Love Me or Leave Me”, “Young at Heart”, “Calamity Jane”, and “Romance on the High Seas”.

Making her film debut in 1948, Day has shared the stage with James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Tony Randall, and Cary Grant.

Day made her film debut in 1948 in “Romance on the High Seas”. She went on to appear in over 40 productions including “My Dream is Yours”, “Tea for Two”, “Storm Warning”, Lullaby of Broadway”, “April in Paris”, “Calamity Jane”, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, “The Pajama Game”, “Pillow Talk”, “That Touch of Mink”, “With Six You Get Eggroll”, and 128 episodes of her own show.


Day’s accomplishments include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy, and two Academy Awards.

She was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of a music teacher. Young Doris had her eyes set on being a dancer but a car accident and a badly broken leg at age 12 had her turn her hand to singing and acting.

Starting her career at a radio station in Cincinnati, led to a stint at a nightclub in New York City…and a name change…to fit on the marquee.

Married four times, she is predeceased by her third husband Martin Melcher and son Terry; Day has requested no memorial service or grave marker. She is survived by her grandson Ryan.

Doris Day discography:
“You’re My Thrill”
“Tea for Two”
“Lullaby of Broadway”
“On Moonlight Bay”
“I’ll See You in My Dreams”
“By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Original soundtrack for “Calamity Jane”
“Young Man with a Horn”
“Young at Heart”
Original soundtrack for “Love Me or Leave Me”
“Day Dreams”
“Day in Hollywood”
“Most Happy Fella”
“Day by Day”
Original soundtrack for “The Pajama Game”
“Horray for Hollywood, Vol. 1”
“Horray for Hollywood, Vol. 2”
“Hooray for Hollywood”
“Day by Night”
“Cuttin’ Capers”
“Boys and Girls Together”
“Lights, Cameras, Action”
“Hot Canaries”
“Listen to Day”
“Show Time”
“What Every Girl Should Know”
“I Have Dreamed”
“Bright and Shiny”
“Billy Rose’s Jumbo”
“You’ll Never Walk Alone”
“The Doris Day Christmas Album”
“Love Him!”
“Latin for Lovers”
“Doris Day’s Sentimental Journey”
“Sing Her Great Movie Hits”
“The Pajama Game”


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