One of America's most loved 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. In this article, we will talk about Doris Day's Biography including Net Worth, Age, Birthday, Height, Weight, Family, Children etc.
Doris Day Biography
Her parents divorced while she was still a child, 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, 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 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, 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, 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 successful, lasting until 1973. After her series went off the air, she made only occasional TV appearances.
By the time Martin Melcher died, 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.
Doris was a passionate animal rights activist. She ran Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets.
Doris died on May 13, 2019, in Carmel Valley Village, California. She was 97.
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|Birth Name/Full Name||:||Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff|
|Other Name (s)||:||Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff ,|
|Date of Birth||:||April 03, 1922|
|Birthplace||:||Cincinnati, Ohio, USA|
|Profession (s)||:||Actress ,|
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Doris Day Age in 2023 and Birthday Info
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|Date of Birth||:||April 03, 1922|
|Birth Place||:||Cincinnati, Ohio, USA|
|Date of Death||:||2019-5-13|
|Death Place||:||Carmel Valley, California, USA (pneumonia)|
|Next Birthday||:||03 April, 2024|
Doris Day Height and Weight
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|Height in Meter||:||1.7 m.|
|Height in Centimeter||:||170 cm.|
|Height in Feet-inches||:||5'7"|
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Doris Day Family (Spouse, Children, Parents, Siblings, Relatives)
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|Spouse (s)||:||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)
|Children (s)||:||Terry Melcher|
|Parents (Father and Mother)||:||Alma Welz ,|
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Doris Day Net Worth in 2023
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Doris Day Facts and Trivia
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- She and her son Terry Melcher (along with a partner) co-own the Cypress Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, a small "Hotel California-esque" inn built in a beautiful Mediterranean motif.
- According to her autobiography, she got the nickname Clara Bixby when Billy De Wolfe told her, on the set of Tea for Two (1950), that she didn't look like a "Doris Day", but more like a "Clara Bixby". Until her death, that remained her nickname among a close circle of old friends, such as Van Johnson.
- Rock Hudson called her "Eunice" because he said that whenever he thought of her as Eunice, it made him laugh.
- Her husband/manager Martin Melcher turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967), fearing it would damage her "image". The role went instead to Anne Bancroft and not only earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, but eventually became one of the first films to surpass $100 million at the box office.
- Is referenced in the song "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by pop band Wham!, a single that hit Billboard's #1 in 1984.
- When her husband and manager of 17 years, Martin Melcher, died suddenly in April 1968, she professed not to have known that he had negotiated a multimillion-dollar deal with CBS to launch The Doris Day Show (1968) the following fall. After an abbreviated period of mourning, she went ahead with the series, which ran successfully for five seasons.
- It was during the location filming of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), when she saw how camels, goats, and other "animal extras" in a marketplace scene were being treated that began her lifelong commitment to preventing animal abuse.
- Is referenced in the 1989 song "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel.
- Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 133-134. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
- In June 2004 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush. She did not attend the White House award ceremony because of her intense fear of flying.
- Is referenced in the 1970 song "Dig It" by The Beatles.
- Is referenced in the 1985 song "Wrap Her Up" by Elton John.
- In order to make a political statement regarding the platform of the Canadian Alliance Party, in 2000 Canadian satirist Rick Mercer launched an attempt to hold a national referendum on the question of whether or not Stockwell Day should be forced to change his first name to "Doris". Within days, he had the required number of signatures under the Alliance Parties current platform to launch a federal referendum. According to her publicist, Doris was amused by this.
- She was named the #1 box-office star of 1962, 1963, and 1964 by the Motion Picture Herald, based on an annual poll of exhibitors as to the drawing power of movie stars at the box-office conducted by Quigley Publications.
- Her son Terry Melcher had rented a house at 10050 Cielo Drive in Bel Air, CA, where Sharon Tate and her friends were murdered by the Charles Manson "Family". On March 23, 1969, Charles Manson had visited the house looking for Melcher, a music producer and composer who had worked with The Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, and The Byrds. The house was now sub-leased by Tate, and her photographer told Manson to leave by "the back alley", possibly giving Manson a motive for the later attack. Melcher had auditioned Manson for a recording contract but rejected him, and there was a rumor after the murders that Manson had intended to send a message to Melcher, a theory that police later discounted.
- In 2005 "Premiere" magazine ranked her as #24 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature.
- Is referenced in the song "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" by Reunion.
- Reportedly did not like profanity. As a recording artist, she would require anyone who swore to put a quarter in a "swear jar". In addition, she does not allow her songs to be used in movies that contain swear words.
- Has often cited Calamity Jane (1953) as her personal favorite of the 39 movies she appeared in, and Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968)--which she referred to as "an "alleged comedy"--as her least favorite.
- Her mother named her after her favorite silent film star, Doris Kenyon. By coincidence, in the mid-'70s when Day wrote her autobiography, Kenyon was her neighbor on Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.
- Her great-niece Pia Douwes is also a critically acclaimed actress.
- Is referenced in the 1994 song "Dirty Epic" by Underworld.
- Referenced in the song "What Do We Do? We Fly!" from the musical "Do I Hear a Waltz?" by Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim.
- Has a 1982 hit song, by the hugely popular Dutch ska-pop band Doe Maar, named after her.
- Gave birth to her only child at age 19, a son Terrence "Terry" Jorden (aka Terry Melcher) on February 8, 1942. Child's father was her first ex-husband, Al Jorden. Terry was later adopted by his stepfather and became known as Terry Melcher.
- Her only British appreciation club is called "Friends of Doris Day" and is based in Oxford, England.
- She was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party and told the press she voted for George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election.
- Telephoned the White House to personally explain to President George W. Bush her reasons for not attending her award presentation in June 2004, and said she was praying hard that he would be elected to a second term of office in November.
- After her Pillow Talk (1959) co-star Rock Hudson died of AIDS in 1985, Day told the press that she had never known he was a homosexual.
- In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta. She was occasionally dubbed by Dhia Cristiani, Rina Morelli and once by Lydia Simoneschi in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).
- In Germany, Edith Schneider dubbed her voice in most of her films.
- Profiled in the book, "Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973", by Thomas Lisanti and Louis Paul (McFarland, 2002).
- Is referenced on every chorus of Ringo Starr's last top 40 release in 1999, "La De Da".
- Childhood idol was Ginger Rogers, with whom she starred in Storm Warning (1951).
- Vocal supporter and close friends with President Ronald Reagan.
- Smoked 2-1/2 packs of cigarettes a day until about 1951.
- Briefly dated Ronald Reagan - with whom she co-starred in Storm Warning (1951) and The Winning Team (1952) - shortly after his divorce from Jane Wyman when she and Reagan were contract players at Warner Brothers. Day told him that he was so good at talking that he should be touring the country making speeches. At the time, the future Republican President was a Democrat.
- Has a fear of flying that stemmed from tours with Bob Hope in the 1940s that resulted in some close calls in impenetrable winter weather. She almost turned down her role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) because it was to be filmed in London and Marrakesh. Her husband and manager, Martin Melcher, talked her into accepting it.
- Has performed two songs in films that won the Academy Award for Best Original Song: "Secret Love" from Calamity Jane (1953) and "Que Sera, Sera" from The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). Introduced four songs that were nominated: "It's Magic" from Romance on the High Seas (1948), "It's a Great Feeling" from It's a Great Feeling (1949), "I'll Never Stop Loving You" from Love Me or Leave Me (1955) and "Julie" from Julie (1956).
- Daughter of William (1892-1967) and Alma (née Welz) Kappelhoff (1895-1976). Both were born and raised in Ohio to German-born parents.
- Awarded two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6735 Hollywood Blvd. and for Recording at 6278 Hollywood Blvd.
- Went to the same Cincinnati ballroom dance studio as a child as Vera-Ellen. Their parents used to carpool together to the dance studio.
- Her dreams of a dancing career were dashed when a car accident on October 13, 1937, badly damaged her legs. She spent most of her teenage years wheelchair-bound and during this time began singing on the radio.
- The film The Children's Hour (1961) was constructed with both Day and Katharine Hepburn as the two leading ladies. However both actresses backed out due to scheduling conflicts and as a result Shirley MacLaine was cast in Hepburn's role and Audrey Hepburn was cast in Day's role.
- Her second husband was saxophone player and former child actor George Weidler. His sister was MGM child actress Virginia Weidler.
- In 1976 she married Barry Comden, 12 years her junior. They met at the Beverly Hills Old World Restaurant where he was the maitre d'. In the 1970s Comden opened an Old World restaurant in Westwood and supervised the construction of another restaurant, Tony Roma's, in Palm Springs, CA. It was Comden who came up with the idea for a line of pet food that would feature Doris' name. Doris Day Distributing Co. unraveled mainly because of a pyramid-type scheme that the couple had been unaware of. They lived in Carmel but Comden complained that Day preferred the company of her dogs more than him and they divorced in 1981.
- Her first marriage at age 19 to trombone player Al Jordan, whom she met while both were performing in Barney Rapp's band, was extremely unhappy. They divorced within two years amid reports of Jordan's alcoholism and abuse of the young star. Despondent and feeling his life had little meaning after the much publicized divorce, Jordan later committed suicide.
- While performing for a local radio station, she was approached by band leader Barney Rapp. He felt that her name, Kappelhoff, was too harsh and awkward and that she should change her name to something more pleasant. The name "Day" was suggested by Rapp from one of the songs in Doris' repertoire, "Day by Day". She didn't like the name at first, feeling that it sounded too much like a burlesque performer.
- In March 1989 she was scheduled to present, along with Patrick Swayze and Marvin Hamlisch, the Best Original Score Oscar at 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989), but she suffered a deep leg cut and was unable to attend. She had been walking through the gardens of the hotel she owns when she cut her leg on a sprinkler. The cut required stitches.
- She received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
- Oscar Levant quipped, "I've been around so long, I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin." This was first said by Groucho Marx.
- Underwent a hysterectomy during the filming of Julie (1956) after being diagnosed with a tumor the size of a grapefruit that was growing into her intestines.
- Ex-mother-in-law of Jacqueline Carlin. Grandmother of Ryan Melcher (born 1983).
- Tinseltown folklore insists she was "discovered" by director Michael Curtiz, when she sang at a Hollywood party in 1948. At the time, Curtiz was seeking a singer/actress to replace Betty Hutton, who had become pregnant and had to back out of Romance on the High Seas (1948), which Curtiz was to direct.
- As of June 2008 she was managing the Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, CA, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets.
- Her only child, Terry Melcher, died of melanoma on November 19, 2004, aged 62.
- She turned down the role of Maria in The Sound of Music (1965) with the explanation: "I'm too American to play a nun from Austria.".
- Co-starred with Gig Young in four films: Young at Heart (1954), Teacher's Pet (1958), The Tunnel of Love (1958), and That Touch of Mink (1962).
- Co-starred with Elisabeth Fraser in four films: Young at Heart (1954), The Tunnel of Love (1958), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), and The Ballad of Josie (1967).
- Co-starred with Gordon MacRae in five films: Tea for Two (1950), The West Point Story (1950), On Moonlight Bay (1951), Starlift (1951), and By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953).
- The day when Doris Day was born was Monday.
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