Doris Day Biography – Doris Day Wiki
Doris Day born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist.
She intially wanted to be a dancer until she injured her right leg in a car accident as a teenager. During a long convalescence, she immersed herself in the big-band sounds of Tommy Dorsey and the vocals of Ella Fitzgerald. She soon became a performer on local radio and then joined a swing band. Her singing career included timeless classics such as Whip Crack Away, Qué Será Será and Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps.
With credits in 39 movies, her best-known screen works include “Calamity Jane” in 1953, “Love Me or Leave Me” in 1955, “The Man Who Knew Too Much” in 1956, “Pillow Talk” in 1959, and “Lover Come Back” in 1960.
Her talents garnered her an Oscar nomination and multiple Golden Globe awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1989. In 2009, she was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and three of her songs earned Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, including “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” in 2012. In 2004, former President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Doris Day Age
She was born on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States as Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff. She died on May 13, 2019 in Carmel Valley, California aged 97.
Doris Day Spouse – Doris Day Marriages
Day was married four times. She was married to Al Jorden, a trombonist, from March 1941 to February 1943. They had a son son Terrence Paul Jorden (Terry Melcher) together. Her second marriage was to George William Weidler, a saxophonist, from March 30, 1946, to May 31, 1949. Her third marriage was to Martin Melcher from April 3, 1951 until Melcher’s death in April 1968. Her fourth marriage was to Barry Comden from April 14, 1976 to April 2, 1982.
Following Martin Melcher’s death, she discovered her earnings had been spent and was left in debt. As a result, Day filed a lawsuit against their lawyer that was ultimately successful.
Doris Day Children
She only had one child, son Terrence Paul Jorden (Terry Melcher), from her first marriage Al Jorden. Terry died in 2004.
Doris Day Family
Doris was the daughter of Alma Sophia Welz and Frederick Wilhelm Von Kappelhoff, who was a music teacher. The youngest of three children, Day was named after silent movie actress Doris Kenyon.
Doris Day Death
She died on May 13, 2019 at her Carmel Valley home, after contracting a serious case of pneumonia. She was 97. Her death was announced by her foundation, the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
“Doris Day passed away early this morning [May 13, 2019] at her Carmel Valley home, having celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3 of this year .” The foundation added, “She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed.”
Following her death, actor George Takei said in a statement: “For those of us in my generation, Doris Day was synonymous with Hollywood icon. She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, “Que sera sera,” but we will miss her dearly anyway. Rest now in our hearts forever, Ms. Day.”
Actor William Shatner said on Twitter: “Condolences to the family of Doris Day. She was the World’s Sweetheart and beloved by all. ❤️ Que Será, Será!😞”
Doris Day Cause of Death
Doris Day’s cause of death was pneumonia. According to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, “Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia , resulting in her death.”
Doris Day Net Worth
She had an estimated net worth of $199 million.
Doris Day Funeral
The Doris Day Animal Foundation said in a statement: “Doris’ wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker.”