Doris Day

Actor, Singer
She embodied an image she hated, and for much of her life, sought a familial ideal never achieved, becoming, in the process, the biggest box-office draw in the movie business at one time before simply fading away. Doris ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Doris Day Today 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The John Denver Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doris Day Show 1968 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? 1968 (Movie)

Margaret Garrison (Actor)

With Six You Get Eggroll 1968 (Movie)

Abby McClure (Actor)

The Ballad of Josie 1967 (Movie)

Josie Minick (Actor)

Caprice 1966 (Movie)

Patricia Fowler (Actor)

The Glass Bottom Boat 1965 (Movie)

Jennifer Nelson (Actor)

Do Not Disturb 1964 (Movie)

Janet Harper (Actor)

Send Me No Flowers 1964 (Movie)

Judy Kimball (Actor)

Move Over, Darling 1962 (Movie)

Ellen Wagstaff Arden (Actor)

That Touch of Mink 1962 (Movie)

Cathy Timberlake (Actor)

The Thrill of It All 1962 (Movie)

Beverly Boyer (Actor)

Billy Rose's Jumbo 1961 (Movie)

Kitty Wonder (Actor)

Lover Come Back 1960 (Movie)

Carol Templeton (Actor)

Midnight Lace 1960 (Movie)

Kit Preston (Actor)

Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1960 (Movie)

Katie Mackay (Actor)

It Happened to Jane 1959 (Movie)

Jane Osgood (Actor)

Pillow Talk 1959 (Movie)

Jan Morrow (Actor)

Teacher's Pet 1958 (Movie)

Erica Stone (Actor)

The Tunnel of Love 1958 (Movie)

Isolde Poole (Actor)

The Pajama Game 1957 (Movie)

Babe Williams (Actor)

Julie 1956 (Movie)

Julie Benton (Actor)

The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 (Movie)

Jo McKenna (Actor)

Love Me or Leave Me 1955 (Movie)

Ruth Etting (Actor)

Lucky Me 1954 (Movie)

Candy Williams (Actor)

Young at Heart 1954 (Movie)

Laurie Tuttle (Actor)

By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953 (Movie)

Marjorie (Actor)

Calamity Jane 1953 (Movie)

Calamity Jane (Actor)

The Winning Team 1952 (Movie)

Aimee Alexander (Actor)

Storm Warning 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Young Man With a Horn 1950 (Movie)

Jo Jordan (Actor)

April in Paris (Movie)

Dynamite Jackson (Actor)

Doris Day's Best Friends (TV Show)

Actor

It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

Judy Adams (Actor)

Lady Be Good (Movie)

Debutante (Actor)

My Dream Is Yours (Movie)

Martha Gibson (Actor)

On Moonlight Bay (Movie)

Marjorie Winfield (Actor)

Romance on the High Seas (Movie)

Georgia Garrett (Actor)

Saga of Death Valley (Movie)

Ann Meredith (Actor)

Starlift (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Tea for Two (Movie)

Nanette Carter (Actor)

The Lullaby of Broadway (Movie)

Melinda Howard (Actor)

The West Point Story (Movie)

Jan Wilson (Actor)

This Time for Keeps (Movie)

Freeman's Secretary (Actor)
Music (27)

Noble 2015 (Movie)

("Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps") (Song Performer)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

("A Bushel And A Peck") (Song Performer)

Married Life 2008 (Movie)

"I Can't Give You Anything But Love" (Song Performer)

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

("Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)") (Song Performer)

Infamous 2006 (Movie)

("Teachers Pet") (Song Performer)

Lady in the Water 2006 (Movie)

("Secret Love") (Song Performer)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("Secret Love") (Song Performer)

Rat 2001 (Movie)

("Secret Love") (Song Performer)

Tortilla Soup 2001 (Movie)

("Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps") (Song Performer)

Antz 1998 (Movie)

("Hight Hopes") (Song Performer)

The Man Who Drove With Mandela 1997 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)") (Song Performer)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

("All Alone" "I'll Never Stop Loving You") (Song Performer)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)") (Song Performer)

The Long Day Closes 1993 (Movie)

("At Sundown") (Song Performer)

Women of Courage 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Late For Dinner 1991 (Movie)

("Bewitched") (Song Performer)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

("I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm") (Song Performer)

Gross Anatomy 1989 (Movie)

("If I Give My Heart to You") (Song Performer)

Before Stonewall 1986 (Movie)

("Doris Day") (Song Performer)

Sitting Ducks 1980 (Movie)

("Tea For Two") (Song Performer)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

("Hooray For Hollywood") (Song Performer)

It Happened to Jane 1959 (Movie)

("Be Prepared" "It Happened to Jane") (Song Performer)

Pillow Talk 1959 (Movie)

("Pillow Talk" "Roly Poly" "Possess Me") (Song Performer)

The Tunnel of Love 1958 (Movie)

("Have Lips Will Kiss In The Tunnel Of Love" "Run Away Skidaddle Skidoo") (Song Performer)

The Story of Mothers & Daughters (TV Show)

Song Performer

Twas the Night (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

She embodied an image she hated, and for much of her life, sought a familial ideal never achieved, becoming, in the process, the biggest box-office draw in the movie business at one time before simply fading away. Doris Day became a phenomenon of sight and sound, a hit song machine in the first part of her career and, in the second, Hollywood's No. 1 female box-office star and the epitome of the girl next door. Her résumé composed an American archetype - the pristine, bright-eyed sweetheart of America's neo-Victorian 1950s, even if she was far from her on-screen type. Though often successfully paired with leading man Rock Hudson in a series of iconic romantic comedies, off-screen she longed for what her characters always seemed to get in the end: the simple, stable existence of a housewife tending her corner of the American Dream.

Relationships

Barry Comden

Husband
Married April 14, 1976 Divorced April 2, 1982 Died May 25, 2009 of heart failure

Albert Jorden

Husband
Married April 17, 1941; reportedly abused Day Divorced Feb. 8, 1943

Paul Kappelhoff

Brother
Died 1958

Richard Kappelhoff

Brother
Died before Day was born

Martin Melcher Producer

Husband
Married April 3, 1951 until his death April 20, 1968 Melcher entrusted Day's $20 million to a disreputable lawyer

Terry Melcher Producer

Son
Born Feb. 8, 1942; father, Martin Melcher Died Nov. 19, 2004

George Weidler

Husband
Married March 30, 1946 Divorced May 31, 1949

Milestones

1991

Subject of TV biographical documentary, "Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey"

1991

Sued supermarket tabloid, The Globe, for publishing that she was living like a "bag lady" who rummaged through trash cans to feed her dogs

1968

Last film, "With Six You Get Eggroll"

1962

Last full-fledged movie musical, "Billy Rose's Jumbo"

1959

Made the annual exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars eight years in a row, more than any other female star since the start of the poll in 1932 except for Betty Grable (who made it ten years in a row from 1942-1951)

1959

First teaming with Rock Hudson, "Pillow Talk"; also marked her one Oscar nomination for Best Actress

1954

Left Warner Bros. after starring in "Lucky Me"; made only three movie musicals thereafter

1951

Made a first appearance on the annual exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars; placed 9th; repeated again the following year, placing 7th

1950

Played first dramatic role in a film in which she did no singing, "Storm Warning"

1948

Film acting debut in "Romance on the High Seas"; instantly became a star of light musicals under contract to Warner Bros.

Became an vocal presence for pet adoption and pet's rights advocates

Topped the annual exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars three years in a row, a records among adult female stars (child star Shirley Temple was Number 1 for four years in a row 1935-1938)

Played Doris Martin on the popular TV sitcom, "The Doris Day Show"; acted on show in order to pay legal fees to sue lawyer who mishandled her finances

Bonus Trivia

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"Rambling through several decades of film history, Ms. [Molly] Haskell finds signs of feminist thinking in some unexpected places. She argues that Doris Day--to many women, "a 100-watt reminder of the excessively bright and eager-to-please feminine masquerade of the '50s--was actually 'challenging, in her working-woman roles, the limited destiny of women to marry, live happily ever after, and never be heard from again." --From "Doris Day the Feminist and Other Film Women" by Michiko Kakutani (a review of Molly Haskell's "Holding My Own in No Man's Land: Women and Men and Film and Feminists", Oxford University Press, 1996) in The New York Times, January 3, 1997.

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