Doris Day Biography

Birthday: 1924-04-03
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her parents divorced while she was still a child and she lived with her mother. Like most little girls, Doris liked to dance. She aspired to become a professional ballerina, but an automobile accident that crushed a leg ended whatever hopes she had of dancing on stage. It was a terrible setback, but after taking singing lessons she found a new vocation, and began singing with local bands. 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). 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. Today, she runs the Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets. What else would you expect of America's sweetheart?

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
West Point Story 1950 Comedy
Please Don't Eat the Daisies Kate Robinson Mackay 1960 Comedy
The Doris Day Show Doris Martin 1968 Comedy
Doris Day's Best Friends Herself - Host 1985 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Romance on the High Seas 1948 0, 0
My Dream Is Yours Martha Gibson 1949 0, 0
Young Man with a Horn 1950 Drama, Music
Tea for Two Nanette Carter 1950 Comedy, Musical, Romance
On Moonlight Bay Marjorie 'Marjie' Winfield 1951 0, 0
Lullaby of Broadway 1951 0
April in Paris 1952 Biography, 0
The Winning Team 1952 0
Calamity Jane Calamity Jane 1953 Comedy, Musical
By the Light of the Silvery Moon Marjorie Winfield 1954 Comedy, Family, Musical
Love Me or Leave Me Ruth Etting 1955 Biography, 0
The Man Who Knew Too Much Josephine Conway McKenna 1956 Game Show, 0, Comedy
Julie Julie Benton 1956 Game Show
The Pajama Game 1957 Comedy, Musical, Romance
It Happened to Jane 1959 0
The Tunnel of Love 1959 Comedy, Romance
Pillow Talk Jan Morrow 1959 Comedy, Romance
Please Don't Eat the Daisies Kate Mackay 1960 0, 0
Midnight Lace Kit Preston 1960 Thriller, Mystery
Billy Rose's Jumbo Kitty Wonder 1962
Lover Come Back 1962 Comedy, Romance
That Touch of Mink Cathy Timberlake 1962 Comedy, Romance
Move Over, Darling Ellen Wagstaff Arden 1963 0
The Thrill Of It All Beverly Boyer 1963 Comedy, Romance
Send Me No Flowers 1964 Biography
The Glass Bottom Boat Jennifer Nelson 1966 Comedy, Romance
Caprice Patricia Foster 1967 Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? 1968 Comedy
With Six You Get Eggroll Abby McClure 1968 Comedy, Drama, Family
Teacher's Pet Erica Stone 2000 Reality Tv