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Is Doris Day alive? What is she doing today?

Doris Day, one of the most popular personalities in the entertainment industry of the 20th century, is still alive and she, celebrated her 96th birthday in April of 2018. After retiring from acting in 1973, Doris focused on other projects, and now living in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, is still actively involved with her charities such as the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF).

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Who is Doris Day?

Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, far better known as Doris Day, was born on the 3th April 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio USA of irect German descent. She is a singer, probably best recognized for releasing such hit singles as “Sentimental Journey”, “Secret Love” and “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”, among many others. She is also known as an actress who starred in a number of musical film titles, including “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956) and “That Touch Of Mink” (1962). In fact, Doris is considered the top female box-office star of all time.

Early Life and Education

When it comes to speak about her early life, Doris spent her childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was raised by her father, Frederick Wilhelm Von Kappelhoff, who was a music teacher and choir master, and her mother, Alma Sophia Welz, who was a housewife. She had two older brothers, but one of them died before she was born. From an early age, Doris was interested in dancing, and initially pursued a career as a professional dancer until 1937, when she suffered a right leg injury in a car accident, so she had to quit it.

Early Music Career

After recovering from the injury, Doris discovered her talent for singing, and took lessons for the next eight months, after which came her first professional job, singing on the WLW radio program “Carlin’s Carnival”, when she was spotted by Barney Rapp, who offered her a job as a vocalist. She worked for him in 1939, and then collaborated with such bandleaders as Bob Crosby and Les Brown, with whom she recorded her debut hit single “Sentimental Journey” in 1945. During the same and following year, she released six more singles which becme hits, including “Till The End Of Time”, “I Got The Sun In The Mornin’” and “My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time” and others, all of which entered the US Billboard chart’s top ten.

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Early Acting Career

Doris’ successful music career led her to a career in films, as she made an appearance as a singer with the Les Brown band in “Three Soundies”, after which she caught the attention of Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, who offered her a role in the romantic musical comedy film “Romance On The High Seas” (1948), starring as Georgia Garret, and performing such hit singles as No. 2 “It’s Magic” and No. 1 “Love Somebody”, featuring Buddy Clark. She followed with her portrayal of Martha Gibson in the musical comedy “My Dream Is Yours” (1949) in which she performed “Someone Like You”. By the end of the decade, she had also appeared in such musical film titles as “It’s A Great Feeling” (1949), “Tea For Two” (1950) and “The West Point Story” (1950).

Rise to Prominence

In the beginning of the 1950s, Doris was quite busy as she continued to line up successes by starring in the role of Marjorie Winfield in the musical comedy film “On Moonlight Bay” (1951) – which she later reprised in its sequel “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon” (1953) – and as Grace LeBoy Kahn in another musical comedy film entitled “I’ll See You In My Dreams” (1951), directed by Michael Curtiz. Afterwards, she was cast as Aimee Alexander in the title “The Winning Team” (1952) next to (future US President) Ronald Reagan, and in the following year came to real prominence with the title role in “Calamity Jane”, which won her the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Secret Love”, which also became a No. 1 hit single on the US Billboard chart, adding a considerable amount to her net worth. In 1954, she filmed “Lucky Me”, playing Candy Williams, and “Young At Heart”, starring as Laurie Tuttle alongside Frank Sinatra.

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Her Breakthrough

Doris became primarily recognized as a musical-comedy actress, but she moved her career to the next level in 1955, when she landed the role of singer Ruth Etting in the musical drama film “Love Me Or Leave Me”, along with James Cagney, which achieved enormous commercial success, increasing her net worth further as well as her popularity. Her next role came in the following year, when she featured as Josephine Conway McKenna in the suspense film entitled “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, including performing the hit song “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”, which led her to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

During the same year, she appeared in the title role in the thriller “Julie”, which was followed by her portrayal of Babe Williams in the musical comedy “The Pajama Game” (1957). By the end of the decade, Doris was also cast as Erica Stone in the 1958 comedy “Teacher’s Pet” next to Gig Young and Clark Gable, played Jan Morrow in the comedy “Pillow Talk” (1959), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category, and as Kit Preston in the drama-thriller “Midnight Lace” (1960).

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The 1960s

Doris’ first role in the new decade came in 1961, when she featured as Carol Templeton in the romantic comedy “Lover Come Back”, which was followed by appearing in the roles of Cathy Timberlake in the comedy “That Touch Of Mink”, next to Cary Grant, and Kitty Wonder in the musical comedy “Billy Rose’s Jumbo”, both in 1962. During the next two years, Doris became No. 1 at the box office as she won seven consecutive Laurel Awards for best female comedy performances, increasing her net worth by a large margin. In 1963, she filmed the romantic comedy “The Thrill Of It All”, portraying Beverly Boyer, and another romantic comedy entitled “Move Over, Darling”, featuring as Ellen Wagstaff Arden, and then she landed the role of Judy Kimball in the drama romance “Send Me No Flowers” (1964). In the next year, she featured as Janet Harper in the comedy “Do Not Disturb”, and although the film reached success, her popularity started to wane, and she slipped from the box office list. However, she still made a few more memorable appearances, such as in the roles of Jennifer Nelson in the film “The Glass Bottom Boat” (1966), Josie Minick in the western “The Ballad Of Josie” (1967), and Margaret Garrison in the 1968 comedy “Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?”. Doris’ last film appearance was in the comedy “With Six You Get Eggroll” (1968) in which she portrayed Abby McClure.

TV Career and Retirement

When her film career ended, Doris continued to pursue further her acting career on the television screen. She created her own “The Doris Day Show” with the theme song “Que Sera, Sera”, aired on the CBS channel from 1968 to 1973. Although she officially retired that year, Doris appeared in two TV specials, “The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special” (1971) and “Doris Day To Day” (1975), and worked as the host of her own talk show-  “Doris Day’s Best Friend” – which was briefly aired on the CBN channel between 1985 and 1986.

Awards and Recognitions

Thanks to her accomplishments in the entertainment industry, Doris Day has won a number of significant awards and recognitions. She was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1981, and was also the winner of the 1989 Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement as well as the 1991 Lifetime Achievement Award. Moreover, she won ten Laurel Awards, and was rewarded with the 2011 Career Achievement Award by Los Angeles Film Critics Association. As a singer, Doris received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in Music in 2008, as well as three Grammy Hall of Fame Awards (1998, 1999, and 2012). In 2004, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

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Doris Day Net Worth

Her career was predominantly active from 1939 to 1973, and she reached enormous success during that period by starring in a variety of film titles, and releasing more than 650 songs. So, if you ever wondered how rich Doris Day is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of her net worth is over $200 million, accumulated through her successful career in the entertainment industry Her assets include a hotel, the Cypress Inn, located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Personal Life and Marriages

Regarding her personal life, Doris Day has been married four times. Her first husband was trombonist Albert Paul Jorden (1941-1943), and they had a son named Terrence Paul Jorden, better known as Terry Melcher, who was also involved in the entertainment industry as a singer; he passed away from melanoma in 2004 at the age of 62. Doris’ second husband was saxophonist George William Weidler from 1946 to 1949, and she later married Martin Melcher in 1951, who adopted her son Terry, and they were together until his death in 1968. Her fourth husband was Barry Comden from 1976 to 1982.
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Animal Welfare Activism

Doris has been an animal rights activist since 1971, when she founded Actors and Others for Animals. Seven years later, she established her own foundation called the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF), a non-profit public charity which provides help to animals. Furthermore, she created the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1987, which merged into The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 2006. Most recently, she established the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center in Murchison, Texas in 2011.

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