Doris Day is a first-rate entertainer remarkable for her outstanding songs and acting roles in the showbiz community. She is a singer, an animal welfare activist, and actress who made her way to the spotlight in the year 1936. Between 1951 and 1966, Day was one of the top ten singers of the 20th century, having launched her career as a big band singer. She got into acting by starring in the 1948 film Romance on the High Seas, which successfully turned her career around for good and eventually inspired her to become a motion picture actress for the next twenty years.
Age and Background Details
Doris Day is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born to William Joseph Kappelhoff, a choirmaster and music teacher, and Alma Sophia, a housewife, on 3rd April 1922. The actress’s birth name is Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff while all of her grandparents were German immigrants. Her parents separated many years ago due to her father’s alleged infidelity. The singer-actress is the youngest of three siblings; she had an older brother called Richard who died before her birth and another brother called Paul who she is two to three years younger than.
Doris’ initial plan was to become a dancer but her chances of becoming a professional dancer blew up after a car accident injured her right leg on October 13, 1937. As for her education, she attended the prestigious Western Hills University High School.
Nicknamed Eunice; Clara Bixby; Do-Do, the actress’ career timeline features an impressive number of enviable awards and nominations. She has won the Laurel Awards ten times – nine times for being a top female star while her role in the romantic comedy film, That Touch of Mink earned her the top spot in the Top Female Comedy Performance category.
Doris Day has also received six Golden Globe Awards nominations, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, five Golden Globe Awards, a Legend Award from the Society of Singers, the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures (1989), the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award (2011), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush (2004). In the year 1960, her role in the romantic comedy Pillow Talk earned her a nomination for the Best Actress while her music career saw her release over 20 studio albums.
Who Is The Spouse?
Doris Day is currently single following four failed marriages. The actress-singer married her first husband in March 1941, his name is Al Jorden. However, their marital relationship didn’t last long as the couple divorced in February 1943. Day entered her second marriage on the 30th day of March 1946 with saxophonist George William Weidler, who happens to be the brother of American actress Virginia Weidler. Like her first marriage, this one only survived for a few years, as the actress and her husband called it quits on May 31, 1949.
Doris got married for the third time at the age of 29. This time, she found love in the arms of movie producer Martin Melcher and their wedding took place on 3rd April 1951 lasting until April 1968 when Melcher died. Until the time of his death, he was a practicing Christian Scientist along with his wife. Day’s fourth marriage was to Barry Comden, who was a maître d’hôtel at one of Day’s favorite restaurants at the time. Their marital relationship survived from April 14, 1976, to April 2, 1982. It was later revealed that Barry filed for divorce from Doris because she cared more for her animals than him.
Family Life – Children
Doris Day’s failed marital relationships only produced a son named Terrence Paul Jorden. His father is Al Jorden, the singer’s first husband. Terrance was adopted by his producer step-father Martin Melcher and later became a successful record producer and musician with the name Terry Melcher. Terrence, who was born on February 8, 1942, died on 19th November 2004 at his home after a long illness. He was survived by his wife, son, and mother.
Prior to his death, he worked as a record producer and musician and was popular for shaping the 1960s California Sound and folk-rock movements.
Her Net Worth
Doris Day performed for the most part of her life, but it was after she embarked on a solo career and recorded over 650 songs from 1947 to 1967 that her amazing talent finally brought her to a wider audience. Being a talented actress, she also received her shot at fame in the early 1960s after featuring in several Hollywood productions. From her real estate business and mixed career as an entertainer, Day has accumulated a huge fortune estimated at $200 million.
Is Doris Day Still Alive?
Yes, the legendary singer/actress is still alive and kicking strong. Ever since she retired from the show business, she has been living a quiet life in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where she also takes care of her pets and stray animals.