American actress, singer as well as an animal rights activist, Doris Day was one of the most demanded actors during the '50s and '60s. She is best known for her role in the romantic comedy Pillow Talk. Talking about her singing career, she became a household name after the release of her two No. 1 recordings, "Sentimental Journey" and "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time."
Additionally, she was also an animal lover who was actively involved in animal rights causes and animal welfare.
Along with name and fame, the legendary actress and singer Day also made a huge fortune. She was, in fact, one of the richest celebrities of her time. She was worth $200 million at the time of her death. She died on May 13, 2019, Carmel Valley, CA, at the age of 97.
As of 2020, her California home can be viewed virtually and all her items and personal belongings has been put for an auction online that goes live for sale on April 4-5. The auction is initiated by a Beverly Hills company.
Doris started her career as a vocalist on the WLW radio program named, Carlin's Carnival. She got attention from Barney Rapp, who was looking for a girl vocalist. After being appointed by Rapp, she changed her stage name to Doris Day.
Her singing career got huge limelight after she released the song Sentimental Journey in 1945 while she was a member of Les Brown. Some of her notable works with Brown are My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time and Les Brown & His Band of Renown. She left the band in 1947 and started her solo career and was able to record 650 songs by 1967.
She made her debut in acting in 1948 with her role in the movie, Romance on the High Seas. Just after two years, she was named one of America’s most sought-after actresses as well as a singer.
Her acting career became notable after she was cast in the 1959 movie Pillow Talk. In the series, she shared the screen alongside Tony Randall, Rock Hudson, Nick Adams, among others.
Some of her notable works include Lover Come Back, Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, With Six You Get Eggroll, The Ballad of Josie, Send Me No Flowers.
Following the death of her husband, Martin Melcher, in 1968, she found out that she was $500 thousand in debt, which in the current market would be around $3.7 million. Melcher and his business partner squandered over $20 million of her money, and hence, she was left in debt.
During debt, Doris' son, Terry, a successful music executive, helped her reclaim her assets and save her finances. It's only because of her son that she was able to continue working. She then started appearing in The Doris Day Show. The show ran five successful seasons till 1973.
The late actress got married four times in her life. Her first marriage was with a trombonist, Al Jorden. They shared the wedding vows in 1941 and welcomed a son named Terry. However, they ended their relationship after two years due to the physically abusive behavior of Jorden.
After three years of divorce, she remarried to a saxophonist, George Weidler. Her second marriage also didn't last long, as they divorced in 1949.
In 1951, she exchanged vows with Martin Melcher. The couple was together until 1968; it ended after Melcher's death. They were together for 17 years.
Living as a widow of the Martin for more than eight years, she decided to move on with Barry Comden in 1976, but they divorced in 1981.
She died at the age of 97 on May 13, 2019, at her Carmel Valley Home in California. The reason for her death was a severe case of pneumonia.
Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, who is famous as Doris Day, was born on April 3, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (housewife) and Wilhelm von Kappelhoff (music teacher and choirmaster).
She was born as the younger child among two brothers: Richard (died before her birth) and Paul.
As a child, she was interested in music and dancing and also formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty. However, her tragic car accident in 1937 ended her dancing career.