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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 3 April 1922Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Birth NameDoris Mary Ann Kappelhoff
Nicknames Do-Do
Clara Bixby
Eunice
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older.

Her parents divorced while she was still a child and she lived with her mother. Like most little girls, Doris liked to dance. At fourteen, she formed a dance act with a boy, Jerry Doherty, and they won $500 in a local talent contest. She and Jerry took a brief trip to Hollywood to test the waters. They felt they could succeed, so she and Jerry returned to Cincinnati with the intention of packing and making a permanent move to Hollywood. Tragically, the night before she was to move to Hollywood, she was injured riding in a car hit by a train, ending the possibility of a dancing career.

It was a terrible setback, but after taking singing lessons she found a new vocation, and at age 17, she began touring with the Les Brown Band. She met trombonist Al Jorden, whom she married in 1941. Jorden was prone to violence and they divorced after two years, not long after the birth of their son Terry. In 1946, Doris married George Weidler, but this union lasted less than a year. Day's agent talked her into taking a screen test at Warner Bros. The executives there liked what they saw and signed her to a contract (her early credits are often confused with those of another actress named Doris Day, who appeared mainly in B westerns in the 1930s and 1940s).

Her first starring movie role was in Romance on the High Seas (1948). The next year, she made two more films, My Dream Is Yours (1949) and It's a Great Feeling (1949). Audiences took to her beauty, terrific singing voice and bubbly personality, and she turned in fine performances in the movies she made (in addition to several hit records). She made three films for Warner Bros. in 1950 and five more in 1951. In that year, she met and married Martin Melcher, who adopted her young son Terry, who later grew up to become Terry Melcher, a successful record producer.

In 1953, Doris starred in Calamity Jane (1953), which was a major hit, and several more followed: Lucky Me (1954), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and what is probably her best-known film, Pillow Talk (1959). She began to slow down her filmmaking pace in the 1960s, even though she started out the decade with a hit, Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960).

In 1958, her brother Paul died. Around this time, her husband, who had also taken charge of her career, had made deals for her to star in films she didn't really care about, which led to a bout with exhaustion. The 1960s weren't to be a repeat of the previous busy decade. She didn't make as many films as she had in that decade, but the ones she did make were successful: Do Not Disturb (1965), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968) and With Six You Get Eggroll (1968). Martin Melcher died in 1968, and Doris never made another film, but she had been signed by Melcher to do her own TV series, The Doris Day Show (1968). That show, like her movies, was also successful, lasting until 1973. After her series went off the air, she made only occasional TV appearances.

By the time Martin Melcher died, Doris discovered she was millions of dollars in debt. She learned that Melcher had squandered virtually all of her considerable earnings, but she was eventually awarded $22 million by the courts in a case against a man that Melcher had unwisely let invest her money. She married for the fourth time in 1976 and since her divorce in 1980 has devoted her life to animals.

Today, she runs the Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson and Sharon

Spouse (4)

Barry Comden (14 April 1976 - 2 April 1982) (divorced)
Martin Melcher (3 April 1951 - 20 April 1968) (his death)
George Weidler (30 March 1946 - 31 May 1949) (divorced)
Albert Paul Jorden (17 April 1941 - 8 February 1943) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Theme song "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)", which she introduced in the film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Youthful appearance
Blonde hair and blue eyes
Portrayals of independent working women

Trivia (76)

She and her son Terry Melcher (along with a partner) co-own the Cypress Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, a small "Hotel California-esque" inn built in a beautiful Mediterranean motif.
According to her autobiography, she got the nickname Clara Bixby when Billy De Wolfe told her, on the set of Tea for Two (1950), that she didn't look like a "Doris Day", but more like a "Clara Bixby", To this day, that remains her nickname among a close circle of old friends, such as Van Johnson.
Rock Hudson called her "Eunice" because he said that whenever he thought of her as Eunice, it made him laugh.
She turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967), which went to Anne Bancroft.
Is referenced in the song "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by pop band Wham!, a single that hit Billboard's #1 in 1984.
When her husband and manager of 17 years, Martin Melcher, died suddenly in April 1968, she professed not to have known that he had negotiated a multimillion-dollar deal with CBS to launch The Doris Day Show (1968) the following fall. After an abbreviated period of mourning, she went ahead with the series, which ran successfully for five seasons.
It was during the location filming of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), when she saw how camels, goats and other "animal extras" in a marketplace scene were being treated, that Day began her lifelong commitment to preventing animal abuse.
Is referenced in the 1989 song "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 133-134. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush. She did not attend the White House award ceremony because of her intense fear of flying. [June 2004]
Is referenced in the 1970 song "Dig It" by The Beatles.
Is referenced in the 1985 song "Wrap Her Up" by Elton John.
In order to make a political statement regarding the platform of the Canadian Alliance Party, in 2000 Canadian satirist Rick Mercer launched an attempt to hold a national referendum on the question of whether or not Stockwell Day should be forced to change his first name to "Doris". Within days, he had the required number of signatures under the Alliance Parties current platform to launch a federal referendum. According to her publicist, Doris was amused by this.
Was named the top box-office star of 1963 by the Motion Picture Herald, based on an annual poll of exhibitors as to the drawing power of movie stars at the box-office, conducted by Quigley Publications.
Her son Terry Melcher had rented the house at 10050 Cielo Drive in Bel Air, California, at which Sharon Tate and her friends were murdered by the Manson Family. On March 23, 1969, Charles Manson had visited the house looking for Melcher, a music producer and composer who had worked with The Beach Boys, Bobby Darin and The Byrds. The house was now sub-leased by Tate, and her photographer told Manson to leave by "the back alley", possibly giving Manson a motive for the later attack. Melcher had auditioned Manson for a recording contract but rejected him, and there was a rumor after the murders that Manson had intended to send a message to Melcher, a theory that police later discounted.
With the death of Annette Funicello on April 8, 2013, she is the last surviving person mentioned in the song "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee", in Grease (1978).
Premiere magazine ranked her as #24 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
Is referenced in the song "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" by Reunion.
Reportedly did not like profanity. As a recording artist, she would require anyone who swore to put a quarter in a "swear jar". In addition, she does not allow her songs to be used in movies that contain swear words.
Has often cited Calamity Jane (1953) as her personal favorite of the 39 movies she appeared in, and Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968) - which she referred to as "an alleged 'comedy'" - as her least favorite.
Her mother named her after her favorite silent film star, Doris Kenyon. By coincidence, in the mid-1970s when Day wrote her autobiography, Kenyon was her neighbor on Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills.
Her great-niece Pia Douwes is also a critically-acclaimed actress.
Is referenced in the 1994 song "Dirty Epic" by Underworld.
Referenced in the song "What Do We Do? We Fly!" from the musical "Do I Hear a Waltz?" by Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim.
Has a 1982 hit song, by the hugely popular Dutch ska-pop band Doe Maar, named after her.
Gave birth to her only child at age 19, a son Terrence Jorden (aka Terry Melcher) on February 8, 1942. Child's father was her first ex-husband, Al Jorden.
Her only British appreciation club is called "Friends of Doris Day" and is based in Oxford, England.
She lived for years in the star-laden Crescent Drive at 713 Crescent. Her good friend Louis Jourdan lived just across the street at 714.
Is a staunch supporter of the Republican Party, and told the press she voted for George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election.
Telephoned the White House to personally explain to President George W. Bush her reasons for not attending her award presentation in June 2004, and said she was praying hard that he would be elected to a second term of office in November.
After her Pillow Talk (1959) co-star Rock Hudson died of AIDS in 1985, Day told the press that she had never known he was a homosexual.
In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta. She was occasionally dubbed by Dhia Cristiani, Rina Morelli and once by Lidia Simoneschi in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).
In Germany, Edith Schneider dubbed her voice in most of her films.
Profiled in the book, "Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973", by Thomas Lisanti and Louis Paul (McFarland, 2002).
Is referenced on every chorus of Ringo Starr's last top 40 release in 1999, "La De Da".
Childhood idol was Ginger Rogers, with whom she starred in Storm Warning (1951).
Vocal supporter and close friends with President Ronald Reagan.
She smoked two-and-a-half packs of cigarettes a day until about 1951.
Briefly dated Ronald Reagan - with whom she co-starred in Storm Warning (1951) and The Winning Team (1952) - shortly after his divorce from Jane Wyman when she and Reagan were contract players at Warner Brothers. Day told him that he was so good at talking that he should be touring the country making speeches. At the time, the future Republican President was a Democrat.
Has a fear of flying that stemmed from tours with Bob Hope in the 1940s that resulted in some close calls in impenetrable winter weather. She almost turned down her role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) because it was to be filmed in London and Marrakesh. Her husband and manager, Martin Melcher talked her into accepting it.
Has performed two songs in films that won the Academy Award for Best Original Song: "Secret Love" from Calamity Jane (1953) and "Que Sera, Sera" from The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). Introduced four songs that were nominated: "It's Magic" from Romance on the High Seas (1948), "It's a Great Feeling" from It's a Great Feeling (1949), "I'll Never Stop Loving You" from Love Me or Leave Me (1955) and "Julie" from Julie (1956).
Her father was William Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choral master in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her mother was Alma Sophia Kappelhoff.
She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6735 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Recording at 6278 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Went to the same Cincinnati ballroom dance studio as a child as Vera-Ellen. Their parents used to carpool together to the dance studio.
Her dreams of a dancing career were dashed when a car accident on October 13, 1937 badly damaged her legs. She spent most of her teenage years wheelchair-bound and during this time began singing on the radio.
Was in a relationship with Jack Carson early in her career before leaving him for Martin Melcher.
Was good friends with Judy Garland after meeting her on the Warner Bros. lots. She was filming Young at Heart (1954) as Garland was filming A Star Is Born (1954).
The film The Children's Hour (1961) was constructed with both Day and Katharine Hepburn as the two leading ladies. However both actresses backed out due to scheduling conflicts and as a result Shirley MacLaine was cast in Hepburn's role and Audrey Hepburn was cast in Day's role.
Doris' second husband was saxophone player and former child actor George Weidler. His sister was Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer child actress Virginia Weidler.
In 1976, Doris married Barry Comden, 12 years her junior. They met at the Beverly Hills Old World Restaurant where he was the maitre d'. In the 1970s, Comden opened an Old World restaurant in Westwood and supervised the construction of another restaurant, Tony Roma's, in Palm Springs. It was Comden who came up with the idea for a line of pet food that would feature Doris' name. Doris Day Distributing Co. unraveled mainly because of a pyramid-type scheme that the couple had been unaware of. They lived in Carmel but Comden complained that Day preferred the company of her dogs more than him and they divorced in 1981.
Her first marriage at age 17 to trombone player Al Jordan, whom she met while both were performing in Barney Rapp's band, was extremely unhappy. They divorced within two years amid reports of Jordan's alcoholism and abuse of the young star. Despondent and feeling his life had little meaning after the much publicized divorce, Jordan later committed suicide.
While performing for a local radio station, Doris was approached by band leader Barney Rapp. Rapp felt that Doris's name, Kappelhoff, was too harsh and awkward and that she should change her name to something more pleasant. The name "Day" was suggested by Rapp from one of the songs in Doris' repertoire, "Day by Day". She didn't like the name at first feeling that it sounded too much like a burlesque performer.
Was scheduled to present, along with Patrick Swayze and Marvin Hamlisch, the Best Original Score Oscar at The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989), but she suffered a deep leg cut and was unable to attend. She had been walking through the gardens of the hotel she owns when she cut her leg on a sprinkler. The cut required stitches. [March 1989]
Received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Oscar Levant quipped, "I've been around so long, I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.". This was first said by Groucho Marx.
Has one grandson: Ryan Melcher (born May 1983).
Underwent a hysterectomy during the filming of Julie (1956) after being diagnosed with a tumour the size of a grapefruit that was growing into her intestines.
Ex-mother-in-law of Jacqueline Carlin.
Tinseltown folklore insists she was "discovered" by director Michael Curtiz, when she sang at a Hollywood party in 1948. At the time, Curtiz was seeking a singer/actress to replace Betty Hutton, who had become pregnant and had to back out of Romance on the High Seas (1948), which Curtiz was to direct.
Manages the Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California which advocates homes and proper care of household pets. [June 2008]
Her only child Terry Melcher died of melanoma on November 19, 2004 aged 62.
Was longtime friends with the late Julie London.
She is the oldest of the six surviving people mentioned by name in the 1989 Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start the Fire". The other five are Queen Elizabeth II, Brigitte Bardot, Chubby Checker, Bob Dylan and Bernard Goetz.
She turned down the role of Maria in The Sound of Music (1965) with the explanation: "I'm too American to play a nun from Austria.".
Co-starred with Gig Young in 4 films: Young at Heart (1954), Teacher's Pet (1958), The Tunnel of Love (1958), and That Touch of Mink (1962).
Co-starred with Elisabeth Fraser in 4 films: Young at Heart (1954), The Tunnel of Love (1958), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), and The Ballad of Josie (1967).
As of 2016 she is the 6th earliest surviving recipient of a Best Actress Oscar nomination, behind only Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Caron, Carroll Baker, Joanne Woodward and Shirley MacLaine. She was nominated in 1959 for Pillow Talk (1959).
Had a relationship with Peter Helm.
Co-starred with Gordon MacRae in 5 films: Tea for Two (1950), The West Point Story (1950), On Moonlight Bay (1951), Starlift (1951), and By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953).
Co-starred with Rock Hudson and Tony Randall in 3 films: Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961), and Send Me No Flowers (1964). In all three, Day and Hudson played love interests while Randall played Hudson's close friend.
Co-starred with ex-partner Jack Carson in 3 films: Romance on the High Seas (1948), My Dream Is Yours (1949), and It's a Great Feeling (1949).
Third husband Martin Melcher produced 18 of her movies between 1956 and his death in 1968, as well as working as executive producer on the first season of her CBS series The Doris Day Show (1968). In her 1975 autobiography, Day revealed that, by the mid-1960s, Melcher was signing her onto films without asking her whether or not she actually wanted to do them first. She did not like the scripts for Do Not Disturb (1965), The Ballad of Josie (1967), Caprice (1967), and Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968), but was forced to do the movies because Melcher had control over her career. She also did not find out he had signed her up for "The Doris Day Show" until after his death.
As of 2016, she and Dorothy Malone are the only surviving cast members of Young at Heart (1954).
She and Mary Wickes appeared together in four movies: On Moonlight Bay (1951), I'll See You in My Dreams (1951), By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953), and It Happened to Jane (1959). Wickes also guest-starred on the first season of Day's TV series The Doris Day Show (1968).
For many years, it was uncertain whether she was born in 1922 or 1924, with Day herself reportedly believing her birth year was the latter and giving her age accordingly. It wasn't until April 3, 2017 - Day's 95th, not 93rd, birthday - that her birth certificate was found by the Associated Press, which confirmed she was born in 1922.
Was one of the original choices to play "Jessica Fletcher" when Murder, She Wrote (1984) was being cast. However, she turned down the role due to the fact that she had been retired from acting for over a decade.

Personal Quotes (50)

The happiest times in my life were the days when I was traveling with Les Brown and his band.
The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it.
Some of the downbeat pictures, in my opinion, should never be made at all. Most of them are made for personal satisfaction, to impress other actors who say "Oh, God! what a shot, what camera work!". But the average person in the audience, who bought his ticket to be entertained, doesn't see that at all. He comes out depressed.
I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on the set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that's all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.
Learning a part was like acting out the lyrics of a song.
[on recording 'Secret Love' for the movie Calamity Jane (1953)] When I first heard 'Secret Love', I almost fainted; it was so beautiful. When we finally got around to doing the pre-recording, Ray Heindorf, the musical director at Warner's, said he'd get the musicians in about 12:30 so they could rehearse. That morning, I did my vocal warm-up, then jumped on my bike and rode over to Warner's - we lived in Toluca Lake at the time, which was just minutes from the studio. When I got there, I sang the song with the orchestra for the first time. When I'd finished, Ray called me into the sound booth, grinning from ear to ear, and said, "That's it. You're never going to do it better." That was the first and only take we did.
Almost all of Julie (1956) was shot on location in Carmel, which is a lovely resort town a little south of San Francisco. My co-star was Louis Jourdan, whom I liked very much. An amiable man, very gentle, very much interested in the people around him; we had a good rapport and I found talking to him a joy. We would take long walks on the beautiful Carmel beach, chatting by the hour.
If there is a Heaven, I'm sure Rock Hudson is there because he was such a kind person.
[on Rock Hudson] I call him Ernie, because he's certainly no Rock.
[on Ronald Reagan] Ronnie is really the only man I've ever known who loved dancing.
[on Cary Grant] A completely private person, totally reserved, and there is no way into him.
The succession of cheerful, period musicals I made, plus Oscar Levant's widely publicized remark about my virginity, contributed to what has been called my "image", which is a word that baffles me. There never was any intent on my part either in my acting or in my private life to create any such thing as an image.
[during the re-election campaign of President George W. Bush] I'm pulling for him every step of the way.
[1975] You don't really know a person until you live with him, not just sleep with him. Sex is not enough to sustain marriage. I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-shoes, America's Virgin, and all that, so I'm afraid it's going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together. The young people have it right. What a tragedy it is for a couple to get married, have a child, and in the process discover they are not suited for one another! If I had lived with Al Jorden for a few weeks, God knows I would never have married him. Nor would I have married George Weidler. But I was too young and too inexperienced to understand any of this. Now my heart was busted and I had lost my way.
[on Elizabeth Taylor's diamonds] When I see Liz Taylor with those Harry Winston boulders hanging from her neck, I get nauseated. Not figuratively, but nauseated! All I can think of are how many dog shelters those diamonds could buy.
[dismissing allegations that she "stole" husband Martin Melcher from his former wife, singer Patty Andrews] A person does not leave a good marriage for someone else.
[1975] The picture I made with Kirk Douglas, Young Man with a Horn (1950), was one of the few utterly joyless experiences I had in films. I was made to feel like an outsider, an intruder. Kirk and Betty [Lauren Bacall] had gone together once, and this picture brought them back together again, so I guess that had something to do with it. Kirk was civil to me and that's about all. But then Kirk never makes much of an effort toward anyone else. He's pretty much wrapped up in himself.
[1975] I was offered the part of Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967) but I could not see myself rolling around in the sheets with a young man half my age whom I'd seduced. I realized it was an effective part but it offended my sense of values. Of course, in the years since then, explicit sex has become commonplace on the screen-so commonplace that it is considered novel when a film appears without a few naked bodies thrashing about. Now I really don't put anybody else down for doing such scenes. To each his own. Many actors enjoy doing these turns, and obviously many people enjoy watching them. I don't, either doing or watching. I can't picture myself in bed with a man, all the crew around us, doing that which I consider so exciting and exalting when it is very personal and private. I am really appalled by some of the public exhibitions on the screen by good actors and actresses who certainly have the talent to convey what they are doing without showing us to the last detail of pubic hair and rosy nipple how they are doing it.
[1975, on her late husband Martin Melcher] There was no funeral. No family gathering. Nothing. Marty was cremated without ceremony of any kind. That's the way he wanted it. I knew this, not from his instructions about his own death, which he had not anticipated, but from his remarks about funerals of departed friends, none of which we ever attended. I shared Marty's antipathy to funerals. I think grief is a very private matter, and that the public nature of a funeral is barbaric.
[2006] I've been through everything. I always said I was like those round-bottomed circus dolls - you know, those dolls you could push down and they'd come back up? I've always been like that. I've always said, "No matter what happens, if I get pushed down, I'm going to come right back up".
[2014] Helping animals has been a lifelong passion. They give us unconditional love and ask very little in return.
[2014] All I ever wanted in my life was to get married, have kids, keep house and cook, and even though I did all these things, I still ended up in Hollywood. It was a great trip. I've had an amazing life and wonderful times. And I'm happy!
[2014] My days are busy responding to the huge volume of mail I receive. I'm still floored by all the beautiful, heartwarming letters from people all over the world, telling me that my work somehow touched their lives.
[2014] Would you believe I'm still offered scripts and projects all the time? Every once in a while I think about working again, but they don't make the kind of movies I made anymore! It's a different world.
[2014, on her health at age 90] Oh, I have my little aches and pains now and then, like everyone. But I've truly been blessed with good health.
[2014] I love to be outside, walking along the beach or working in my garden. Those things are all quite enjoyable for me. I have everything I could ever want right here in Carmel!
[2006, on the Katrina rescue effort] Some [of the rescued animals] were quite ill and couldn't be put on the plane, so people drove to the Gulf Coast and brought the sick ones back by car. Both groups were accompanied by a veterinarian. They're coming in every few days from Santa Cruz and whenever they're brought in, I'm there. The hard part is that I want them all! There's another thing I'd like to mention here. People sometimes say, "Oh, Miss Day, I can't take another animal, I just can't replace my darling little dog." Many people, when they lose their pet, can't face getting another. I felt like that once, and then I realized my baby would understand, and would want me to give a home to another animal. I want people to know they're not replacing the one they lost. They're giving another wonderful little soul a home. I've done this over and over again, and have never regretted it. I've only been rewarded.
Vulgarity begins when imagination succumbs to the explicit.
If it's true that men are such beasts, this must account for the fact that most women are animal lovers.
[2006] By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) and On Moonlight Bay (1951) - I loved doing those. You know, if life could be like it was in those movies, it would be beautiful, wouldn't it?
Wrinkles are hereditary. Parents get them from their children.
I don't even like parties.
I always feel a rise in my scalp or in the backs of my wrists when something is special, whether it be a song or a man.
[2006] I had the best co-stars you could ever have, and I miss them so much. We had such a great time working together. Some years ago, I made a special with John Denver and was asked to sing "Memories", Barbra Streisand's song, which she did so beautifully. Then I was told that huge pictures of all of my leading men would be shown as I sang, and I said, "Oh my God, how do you expect me to get though that?" But I did it.
[on The Doris Day Show (1968)] There was a contract. I didn't know about it. I never wanted to do TV, but I gave it 100% anyway. That's the only way I know how to do it.
[2006, regarding the mistreatment of animals on the set of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)] Oh, well, I didn't want to act like a big shot; it wasn't like that. But I did go to Mr. Hitchcock [director Alfred Hitchcock], whom I loved dearly, and we had a long talk about it. I said "Hitch, I can't bear it, I can't bear to see what goes on here with animals." The horses were so thin, the donkeys were overburdened, and I was just horrified at the dogs running loose and starving. I told him I really couldn't work unless we fed these animals. And he said, "We're going to do that, I want you to just relax and know that they will be taken care of." But then I thought, once we leave, it will go right back to the way it was.
[2006, on the mistreatment of animals in cinema] Everything's acceptable in Hollywood now, it seems. I'm glad I'm not there, because I would be screaming. I hope and pray that the Hollywood stars who are making so much money really take a stand. It's hideous to have families watching these movies, and children seeing this portrayed as though it's okay.
I liked being married instead of the girl who's looking for a guy.
Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.
I've never met an animal I didn't like, and I can't say the same thing about people.
[on Pillow Talk (1959)] Every day on the set was a picnic - sometimes too much of a picnic, in that we took turns at breaking each other up.
[1996, on learning that husband Martin Melcher had committed to her to a television series, which became The Doris Day Show (1968), after his death] It was awful. I was really, really not very well when Marty passed away, and the thought of going into TV was overpowering. But he'd signed me up for a series. And then my son Terry [Terry Melcher] took me walking in Beverly Hills and explained that it wasn't nearly the end of it. I had also been signed up for a bunch of TV specials, all without anyone ever asking me.
I like to sing love songs. I like to sing others, too. There's so many that I love. I love them and I love singing them.
[on the independent working women she usually played in her romantic comedies] I didn't feel different in any of them, even though they were different. I loved being married, and I loved not being married but working on it. And doing what I was supposed to do and be. That's the way I worked.
[on singing 'Que Sera Sera' in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)] The first time somebody told me it was going to be in that movie, I thought, "Why?" I didn't think there was a place to put that song. I thought, "I'm not crazy about that. Where are they going to put it? For what?" I didn't think it was a good song.
[on recovering from injuries sustained in a 1937 car accident] During this long, boring period, I used to while away a lot of time listening to the radio, sometimes singing along with the likes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller. But the one radio voice I listened to above others belonged to Ella Fitzgerald. There was a quality to her voice that fascinated me, and I'd sing along with her, trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, the casual yet clean way she sang the words.
[on the popularity of 'Que Sera Sera'] I thought that was wonderful, because it became that because of children. And then I understood it. Because it was for our child in the movie [The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)]. Then I realized, maybe it isn't a favorite song of mine, but people loved it. And kids loved it. And it was perfect for the film. So I can't say that it's a favorite song of mine, but, boy, it sure did something.
If I come across a doggie who needs a home, that's when I take them. They're in a special area - an outdoor area - but the ceiling is all glass and they look up there and see the trees. They have two big rooms inside and then one outside. They just love it.
[2017, just after the Associated Press discovered her 1922 birth certificate] I've always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays, but it's great to finally know how old I really am!

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