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Doris Mary Anne Day (Kappelhoff)

Also Known As: "Doris Jorden", "Doris Weidler", "Doris Melcher", "Doris Comden"
Birthplace: 3475 Greenlawn Avenue, Evanston, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
Death: May 13, 2019 (97)
At home, 6730 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Monterey County, California, United States (complications of pneumonia)
Place of Burial: Carmel-By-The-Sea, Monterey County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William J. von Kappeloff and Alma Sophia von Kappelhoff
Wife of Martin Melcher
Ex-wife of Albert Paul Jorden; George William Weidler and Barry David Comden
Mother of Terrence Paul Melcher
Sister of Richard W. von Kappelhoff and Paul A. Kappelhoff

Occupation: Actor, singer, animal welfare activist
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About Doris Day

Doris Day was an American actor, singer, and animal welfare 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. She left Brown to embark on a solo career and recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967.

Day was one of the biggest film stars in the 1950s–1960s era. Day's film career began during the Golden Age of Hollywood with the film Romance on the High Seas (1948). She starred in films of many genres, including musicals, comedies, dramas, and thrillers. She played the title role in Calamity Jane (1953) and starred in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) with James Stewart. Her best-known films are those in which she co-starred with Rock Hudson, chief among them 1959's Pillow Talk, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also worked with James Garner on both Move Over, Darling (1963) and The Thrill of It All (1963), and starred alongside Clark Gable, Cary Grant, James Cagney, David Niven, Ginger Rogers, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Rod Taylor in various movies. After ending her film career in 1968, only briefly removed from the height of her popularity, she starred in her own sitcom The Doris Day Show (1968–1973).

In 1989, she was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2008, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 2011, she was awarded the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Career Achievement Award. The same year, she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, which contained new material and became a UK Top 10 album. As of 2020, she was one of eight record performers to have been the top box-office earner in the United States four times. (Wikipedia, CC BY-SA)

Selected discography

  1. Day by Day, Columbia, 1957.
  2. Sentimental Journey, Columbia, 1965.
  3. Love Him, Columbia, 1964.
  4. Day by Night, Columbia, 1957.
  5. Bright and Shiny, Columbia, 1960.
  6. Love Me or Leave Me, Columbia, 1955.
  7. Young At Heart, Columbia, 1955.
  8. Cuttin’ Capers, Columbia, 1959.
  9. Listen to Day, Columbia, 1960.
  10. Que Sera Sera, Bear Family, 1994.
  11. Secret Love, Bear Family, 1995.
  12. Move Over Darling, Bear Family, 1996.

Selected filmography

  1. Romance on the High Seas, Warner Brothers, 1948.
  2. Calamity Jane, Warner Brothers, 1953.
  3. Love Me or Leave Me, MGM Studios, 1955.
  4. The Man Who Knew Too Much, Paramount, 1956.
  5. Pillow Talk, Universal Studios, 1959.


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Doris Day's Timeline

April 3, 1922
3475 Greenlawn Avenue, Evanston, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
February 8, 1942
New York, New York, United States
May 13, 2019
Age 97
At home, 6730 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Monterey County, California, United States