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Hurray! Singer, Actor, And Animal Activist Doris Day Is 96

Date April 2, 2018 14:13

Actress, singer, and animal rights activist Doris Day is a woman of many talents. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, her parents were modest individuals with musical leanings. Her father, William Joseph Kappelhoff, was a music teacher and choirmaster.

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She began dancing in the 1930’s, but an accident that happened in 1937 hurt her right leg, thus affecting her dream of dancing professionally. While she was recuperating, she started singing.

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Her first break on radio came when producer Barney Rapp discovered that Day was a talented singer. And by 1948, songwriter Jule Styne and his partner, Sammy Cahn, recommended Day to appear in her first film, Romance on the High Seas. From then on, it was smooth sailing for Day.

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I'll See You in My Dreams (1951) became Day’s most successful film ever, breaking box office records that had been standing for 20 years. In all, she appeared in 39 feature films and was also an honoree at the The 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008.

Doris Day turns 96

The veteran singer now lives in Carmel-by-the-sea, California and just turned 96. But there was no loud birthday soiree for this iconic singer. A weekend birthday party is being thrown in her honor though.

In addition to being a celebration of life, Day’s weekend party is expected to raise funds for her pet cause, the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

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Kicking off the activities on March 29 was bingo at Cypress Inn led by Jackie Joseph, Day’s co-star on The Doris Day Show. The day after was a concert with Scott Dreier performing some of Day’s most popular songs.

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Saturday’s event was a screening of 1968's With Six You Get Eggroll with Q&A by Day’s co-stars John Findlater, Jimmy Bracken, and Jackie Joseph.

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Que Sera Sera

Perhaps, Day’s most iconic performance ever was her rendition of ‘Que Sera Sera’ in Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).

More than 60 years later, Doris Day’s vocal prowess is still unmatched, and millions of fans around the world still celebrate this iconic actress. In her 73-year career, Day recorded more than 650 songs and is regarded as one of the most iconic singers of the 20th century.

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