Doris Day(Born 1924)

Doris Day's pertly sculpted features and freshly freckled complexion were reminders of the girl next door and days of lost innocence. Day began her entertainment career as a "girl singer" with Les Brown's Band of Renown." Day's beautiful musical phrasing and striking beauty proved an irresistible temptation to Hollywood and after eight years in the musical limelight, Warner Brothers signed her to a contract and her first movie, Romance on the High Seas, a successful musical debut for blond singer.

During the years of her movie career, many Day recordings were big hits, including the lovely ballad from Calamity Jane, Secret Love, and, of course, Que Sera, Sera, from Hitchcock's classic The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Day's 39 movies are made up of mostly musicals and comedies, but there was an interesting and darker Day for those director's savvy enough to fully utilize her talent. In Young Man With a Horn, she got third billing under Kirk Douglas as a torch singer rejected by Douglas's horn player. This was her first dramatic chance and she was ably up to the task. As singer  Ruth Etting, in Love Me or Leave Me, Day reached deep inside herself for a dynamic performance that perhaps came to close to reflecting some of her own personal relationships. Midnight Lace opposite Rex Harrison was the last of her dramatic roles.

She has shared billing with some of Hollywood's top male box office stars including Clark Gable in Teacher's Pet, Douglas in Young Man with a Horn, Cary Grant in That Touch of Mink, James Stewart in The Man Who Knew Too Much and James Cagney in Love Me or Leave Me, and Frank Sinatra in Young at Heart. Day's three hilarious comedies with Rock Hudson are amongst her best remembered films. Her final Hollywood movie was the 1968 Where Were You When The Lights Went Out, an unsuccessful comedy centered on the New York City electric  Black-Out of 1965.

Day, married four times, has lived the single life in Santa Barbara after divorcing her last husband in 1980. There along the foaming waters and sandy beach, she devotes her time to caring for her army of dogs, cats and birds. Day, who has brought sunshine into so many lives through her film legacy, now has some sunshine of her along the California coast.

Day devotees may want to visit The Doris Day Page

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