Doris Day

Doris Day

Movie Actress

Doris Day was an American actress, singer, and activist. She began her career as a big band singer in 1939, achieving commercial success in 1945 with two No. 1 recordings, "Sentimental Journey" and "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" with Les Brown & His Band of Renown.

Full Name
Apr 3, 1922
May 13, 2019
5′ 7″
Net Worth


Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff) was born on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She began her career as a singer before turning to acting. Growing up in a musical family, she sang with her brother and mother in a trio. At the age of twelve, she won an audition to become part of the singing group "Les Brown and His Band Of Renown." In 1939, she left the group and pursued a solo career.

During World War II, she sang with USO bands throughout the continental United States and Europe. After the war ended, Day returned to Los Angeles and signed a contract with Warner Brothers. Her first major film role was in Romance On The High Seas (1948). This launched her into stardom; she went on to star in such classic films as Calamity Jane (1953), Pillow Talk (1959), That Touch Of Mink (1962) and Move Over Darling (1963). 

Day was also active outside of movies. She hosted her own television show, "The Doris Day Show," from 1968-1973. She also founded an animal welfare organization called the Doris Day Animal Foundation in 1978. In 2004, she was awarded an honorary Oscar for her contributions to film history and for her work on behalf of animal rights causes.

Day passed away on May 13th 2019 at the age of 97. She will always be remembered for her charm, grace and wit – both onscreen and offscreen.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1924</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Doris Day is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On April 3, 1924, Doris Day was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1939</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Began Her Show Business Career</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Doris began her show business career as a big band singer at the age of 15.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1945</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">First Film Role</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Doris starred in her first film role in "Romance on the High Seas."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1947</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Signed with Warner Brothers</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Signed a seven year contract with Warner Brothers, making her one of the studio's top stars.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1959</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">1st TV Series</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Doris starred in her own television series "The Doris Day Show."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1965</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Retires From Acting and Singing</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Doris retires from acting and singing to focus on animal rights activities.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2019</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Doris was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her lifetime of activism and entertainment.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She was an Iconic Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Doris Day was a beloved actor who starred in many classic films. She had a unique style that was both sweet and sassy, making her one of the most iconic actors of her time.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She was a Great Singer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Doris Day had a wonderful singing voice that she showcased in many of her movies. Her signature song "Que Sera, Sera" became one of the most popular songs of all time.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She was an Animal Activist</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Doris Day was a passionate animal activist and founded several animal welfare organizations over the course of her life. She also used her celebrity to advocate for animal rights and spread awareness about their plight.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Singer to Reach Platinum Record Sales</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Doris Day was the first singer to reach platinum record sales, selling over 25 million albums during her career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Started Career as an Orchestra Singer</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Doris Day started her career as an orchestra singer, singing with the Les Brown Band when she was just 16 years old.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Appeared in 39 Movies</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Doris Day appeared in 39 movies over a span of five decades, beginning with 1948's Romance on the High Seas and ending with 1968's With Six You Get Eggroll.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Won a Grammy Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Doris Day won a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance for her 1967 hit song "Que Sera Sera".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Named the Top Box Office Star of All Time</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1989, The Guinness Book of World Records named Doris Day the top box office star of all time.</p></div>


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