April 3, 2011

Doris Day Birthday

DORIS Day is one year older!

The actress and singer, and an outspoken animal rights activist since her retirement from show business, turns 88 today, April 3.

Day began her entertainment career in 1945 as a big band singer.

In 1945 she had her first hit recording, Sentimental Journey. In 1948, she appeared in her first film, Romance on the High Seas.

During her entertainment career, she appeared in 39 films, recorded more than 650 songs, received an Academy Award nomination, won a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award, and, in 1989, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.

As of 2009, Day was the top-ranking female box office star of all time and ranked sixth among the top ten box office performers (male and female).

Biographer David Kaufman once revealed that Day insists friends call her Clara and avoid all talk about her image as America’s sweetheart.

“She feels so completely disassociated from who Doris Day was,” he said back in 2008.

“She signs her notes as Clara, she answers the phone as Clara.”

Kaufman claims Clara is a nickname she was given by her Tea For Two co-star Billy DeWolfe. Day’s birth name is Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff.

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