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Doris Day [edit]

Actress - One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older.

Her parents divorced while she was still a child [edit]

and she lived with her mother. Like most little girls, Doris liked to dance. At fourteen, she formed a dance act with a boy, Jerry Doherty, and they won $500 in a local talent contest. She and Jerry took a brief trip to Hollywood to test the waters. They felt they could succeed, so she and Jerry returned to Cincinnati with the intention of packing and making a permanent move to Hollywood. Tragically, the night before she was to move to Hollywood, she was injured riding in a car hit by a train, ending the possibility of a dancing career.

It was a terrible setback [edit]

, but after taking singing lessons she found a new vocation, and at age 17, she began touring with the Les Brown Band. She met trombonist Al Jorden, whom she married in 1941. Jorden was prone to violence and they divorced after two years, not long after the birth of their son Terry. In 1946, Doris married George Weidler, but this union lasted less than a year. Day's agent talked her into taking a screen test at Warner Bros. The executives there liked what they saw and signed her to a contract (her early credits are often confused with those of another actress named Doris Day, who appeared mainly in B westerns in the 1930s and 1940s).

Her first starring movie role [edit]

was in Romance on the High Seas (1948). The next year, she made two more films, My Dream Is Yours (1949) and It's a Great Feeling (1949). Audiences took to her beauty, terrific singing voice and bubbly personality, and she turned in fine performances in the movies she made (in addition to several hit records). She made three films for Warner Bros. in 1950 and five more in 1951. In that year, she met and married Martin Melcher, who adopted her young son Terry, who later grew up to become Terry Melcher, a successful record producer.

In 1953 [edit]

, Doris starred in Calamity Jane (1953), which was a major hit, and several more followed: Lucky Me (1954), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and what is probably her best-known film, Pillow Talk (1959). She began to slow down her filmmaking pace in the 1960s, even though she started out the decade with a hit, Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960).

In 1958 [edit]

, her brother Paul died. Around this time, her husband, who had also taken charge of her career, had made deals for her to star in films she didn't really care about, which led to a bout with exhaustion. The 1960s weren't to be a repeat of the previous busy decade. She didn't make as many films as she had in that decade, but the ones she did make were successful: Do Not Disturb (1965), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968) and With Six You Get Eggroll (1968). Martin Melcher died in 1968, and Doris never made another film, but she had been signed by Melcher to do her own TV series, The Doris Day Show (1968). That show, like her movies, was also successful, lasting until 1973. After her series went off the air, she made only occasional TV appearances.

By the time Martin Melcher died [edit]

, Doris discovered she was millions of dollars in debt. She learned that Melcher had squandered virtually all of her considerable earnings, but she was eventually awarded $22 million by the courts in a case against a man that Melcher had unwisely let invest her money. She married for the fourth time in 1976 and since her divorce in 1980 has devoted her life to animals.

Today [edit]

, she runs the Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson and Sharon

Spouse (4) [edit]


Barry Comden (14 April 1976 - 2 April 1982) (divorced)
Martin Melcher (3 April 1951 - 20 April 1968) (his death)
George Weidler (30 March 1946 - 31 May 1949) (divorced)
Albert Paul Jorden (17 April 1941 - 8 February 1943) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (4) [edit]




Doris Day [edit]

(born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922) is an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. After she began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her popularity increased with her first hit recording "Sentimental Journey" (1945). After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to embark on a solo career, she recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967, which made her one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century.

Personal life [edit]

Since her retirement from films, Day has lived in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She has many pets and adopts stray animals. She granted an ABC telephone interview on her birthday in 2016, which was accompanied by photos of her life and career.

Day is a lifelong Republican [edit]

, and supported George W. Bush's presidential campaign in 2000. Her only child, music producer and songwriter Terry Melcher, who had a hit in the 1960s with "Hey Little Cobra" under the name The Rip Chords, died of melanoma in 2004, about five months after Day had received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She owns a hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Cypress Inn, which Melcher co-owned with his mother.

Marriages [edit]



Day's second husband [edit]

, saxophonist George William Weidler (m. 1946–49)

In 1975 [edit]

, Day published her autobiography, Doris Day: Her Own Story, an "as-told-to" work with A. E. Hotchner. The book detailed her first three marriages:

To Al Jorden [edit]

, a trombonist whom she first met in Barney Rapp's Band, from March 1941 to 1943. Her only child, son Terrence Paul Jorden (later known as Terry Melcher), resulted from this marriage. Husband Jorden, who was reportedly physically abusive to Day, committed suicide in 1967 by gunshot.

To George William Weidler [edit]

(a saxophonist), from March 30, 1946 to May 31, 1949. Weidler, the brother of actress v*rginia Weidler, and Day met again several years later. During a brief reconciliation, he helped introduce her to Christian Science.

To Martin Melcher [edit]

, whom she married on April 3, 1951. This marriage lasted until Melcher's death in 1968. Melcher adopted Day's son Terry, who, with the name Terry Melcher, became a successful musician and record producer. Martin Melcher produced many of Day's movies. She and Melcher were both practicing Christian Scientists, resulting in her not seeing a doctor for some time after symptoms that suggested cancer. This distressing period ended when, finally consulting a physician, and thereby finding the lump was benign, she fully recovered.

After publishing her autobiography, Day remarried: [edit]


Her fourth marriage [edit]

, from April 14, 1976 until 1981, was to Barry Comden (March 30, 1935 – May 25, 2009), who was roughly a decade younger. Comden was the maître d'hôtel at one of Day's favorite restaurants. Knowing of her great love of dogs, Comden endeared himself to Day by giving her a bag of meat scraps and bones on her way out of the restaurant. When this marriage unraveled, Comden complained that Day cared more for her "animal friends" than she did for him.

First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
Maiden Name
Kapplehoff
Full Name at Birth
Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff
Other Names
Clara Bixby
Eunice
Do-Do
Age
97 (age at death)
Date of Birth
Birthplace
Date of Death
Location of Death
Cause of Death
Height
Weight
Build
Eye Color
Hair Color
Distinctive Features
Blonde hair
Star Sign
Sexuality
Religion
Ethnicity
Nationality
High School
Occupation
Actress, Singer, Animal rights activist
Occupation Category
Claim to Fame
Pillow Talk, Song: Que Sera, Sera
Music Genre
Year(s) Active
1939–present 1948–1973 (acting)
1939–present
1948–1973 (acting)
1939–2012
1939–1989
Music Style
Music Mood
Instrument
Brand Endorsements
(2011) TV commercial (soundtrack song) "Oops" (1951) for "TENA Lights" women's protective undergarments (UK)
Measurements (inches)
36B-25-36
Dress Size
10
Shoe Size
10
Official Website
Father
Mother
Brother(s)
Friends
Favorite Songs
It`s Magic
Favorite Foods
Macaroni
Favorite Colors
Red
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