A recording sensation, a record-setting film star and an animal rights activist, she enjoyed her life as a number of friends. But Doris Marie Ann Kapelhoff, born on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, only made it easy.
Her first love was dance, a career ambition stemming from an injury to her legs when she was in a car accident. She was 15 years old. A long treaty was illuminated by radio, where big band music and Ella FitzGerald took her captive. The singing lessons soon led to a local radio career.
Orchestra leader Barney Rapp saw potential in everything, but his last name and “Doris Day” entered the national stage in 1939.
Six years later, on the road with bandleader Les Brown, he scored his first hit, “Sentimental Journey”, a touchstone for the returning generation from the war. In 1945 and 1946, the band Doris Day and Les Browne sent six more songs to Billboard’s Top Ten chart.
Hollywood went uncontrollable, but she bald, only coming when songwriters Joone Stine and Sammy Kahn heard her “Embraceable You” at a party. He thought Day was a good fit for romance on High Seas (1948), a musical he had been working on at Warner Bros., and he thought right – instead of a pregnant Betty Hutton, he wrote his song “It’s Magic” at the Oscars Nominations earned. , And her first number 1 as a single.
In 1949, It’s a Great Feeling, with Dey starring Warner stars Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper as starstruck ingenue. Becoming the studio’s well-known artist for melancholic, period musicians, Tea for Two (1950) and I See You in My Dreams (1951), she quickly eclipsed most of them.
A grave turn in Calamity Jane (1953) won his signature song, “Secret Love,” an Academy Award. She did not have such a secret desire as a soundtrack album in films, as the more hit songs were sung, the more seriously she was to be taken as an actress.
The biopic Love Me or Leave Me (1955) cast her as Ruth Etting, a singer in the role of her husband and manager, a gangster played by James Cogni. Alfred Hitchcock put him and James Stewart in jeopardy in The Man Who Know They Too Much (1956), which became his signature standout for another Oscar-winning song, “Que sera, sera (whatever it would be, would be).” .
With Rock Hudson, he redefined rom-coms with the highly successful Pillow Talk (1959), for which he received an Oscar nomination. At the age of 40, and with her third husband, Dey established a bankable comic personality, a short starchy career woman who was saved from spinsterhood by a charming Rau:
the film featured Hudson ( Oscar winner for Best Screenplay) and Lover Come Back (1961) and Carrie Grant in That Touch of Mink (1962). In The Thrill of It All (1963), she played the role of a suburban housewife who, after becoming a successful commercial actress, returned to domesticity to preserve marriage. Feminist critics reached the peak of conservatism, although Dey’s most popular films have recently been reclaimed for their brilliant, independent-thinking characters.
The death of her third husband, producer Martin Melcher, exposed deep debt and a previously unknown long-term contract with CBS that locked her into a series and several specials. Aided by his son, record producer Terry Melcher, he grouped through The Doris Day Show, a program known for its curious format and cast changes from 1968 to 1973.
He listened to his widow’s grief, the loss of a $ 20 million fortune (which had touched a series of lawsuits), and debilitating her TV experience in her best-known 1975 autobiography Doris Day: His Own Story.
However, his story was different. It started in 1978 in what is today known as the Doris Day Animal Foundation, a non-profit with a lifetime interest in animal rights and the associated Doris Day Animal League in 1987.
The day began with a major pet-related event, World Spy Day. ” she said, agreeing with her fourth husband (she may have over her devotion to the cause. Blamed the breakup). His animal welfare work was cited when he received the presidential medal in 2004.