Today on April 3, 1922, the iconic Hollywood star Doris Day was born.
Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff was a famous American singer, actress, and animal-rights activist. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was raised by a family of German immigrants. Believe it or not, Doris had always (mistakenly) thought that she was born in the year 1924. It wasn't until her 95th birthday that she learned of her actual age. The Associated Press subsequently tracked down her birth certificate and verified she was born two years earlier in 1922. Doris married four times throughout her life, having one son who died in 2004. On May 13, 2019, one of America's greatest Hollywood legends finally passed away at the age of 97.
Doris Day was known for her youthful appearance, blonde hair, blue eyes, and her portrayal of an independent working woman. Released in 1945, her first hit song was titled 'Sentimental Journey' — she would go on to release another twenty-one Billboard Top 10 hits. Over the years, other popular artists have mentioned the legendary actress in their songs, including the Beatles, Billy Joel, Wham!, and Elton John.
Similar to other singing sensations, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, Doris Day parlayed her musical success into a career in Hollywood. Some of her successful films include: Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961), and Send Me No Flowers (1964). Throughout her career, she recorded over 650 songs and starred in countless Hollywood hits and had her own television sitcom, The Doris Day Show for five years.
Doris Day received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Legend Award from the Society of Singers along with an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. While most people would be honored to have one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Doris has two! There is one at 6278 and 6735 on Holly Blvd — one for her music and another for her acting career. Adamant about maintaining a wholesome persona in Hollywood, she famously turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson in the hit film, The Graduate. Up until the end of her life, she continued to play an active role in managing the Doris Day Animal Foundation.