“I want to smile, and I want to make people laugh. And that's all I want. I want to make others happy.”
Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff was born the daughter of a music teacher and housewife in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1922, but as Doris Day she became one of the most famous stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
She was the ‘No.1 Money-Making Star’ in 1960, 1962, 1963, and 1964.
Of the many awards she received the most illustrious was the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, but her fear of flying prevented her from travelling to Washington to receive the honour.
In spite of her elegance and wit Day is best remembered for her endearingly scruffy performance as Calamity Jane in 1953.
Day was also one of the most popular singers in the 1950s, and her films featured definitive recordings of "Que Sera, Sera” and ‘Secret Love.’
In 2011 she released an album; “My Heart”, featuring previously recorded new releases, which became a UK top-10 hit.
In 2012 she was still ranked 6th in the list of ‘All-Time Number One Stars.’
One aspect of Day’s onscreen persona that did reflect her life was her positivity. As her Hollywood career faded in the 1970s and 80s she focused her energy on animal welfare activism, creating both the Doris Day Animal Foundation and the Doris Day Animal League.