Doris Day

Doris Day

Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Lowest Rated: 14% Caprice (1967)

Birthday: Apr 3, 1924

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her parents divorced while she was still a child and she lived with her mother. Like most little girls, Doris liked to dance. She aspired to become a professional ballerina, but an automobile accident that crushed a leg ended whatever hopes she had of dancing on stage. It was a terrible setback, but after taking singing lessons she found a new vocation, and began singing with local bands. 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). 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. Today, she runs the Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets. What else would you expect of America's sweetheart?


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Soundies: A Musical History Hosted by Michael Feinstein Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Great American Songbook Actor 2003
No Score Yet 'Twas the Night Actor 2002
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood Actor 1997
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey Actor 1991
No Score Yet With Six You Get Eggroll Abby McClure 1968
No Score Yet Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Margaret Garrison 1968
14% Caprice Patricia Foster 1967
No Score Yet The Ballad of Josie Josie Minick 1967
57% The Glass Bottom Boat Jennifer Nelson 1966
No Score Yet Do Not Disturb Janet Harper 1965
57% Send Me No Flowers Judy Kimball 1964
No Score Yet Move Over Darling Ellen Wagstaff Arden 1963
86% The Thrill of It All Beverly Boyer 1963
78% That Touch of Mink Cathy Timberlake 1962
No Score Yet Billy Rose's Jumbo Kitty Wonder 1962
90% Lover Come Back Carol Templeton 1961
100% Midnight Lace Kit Preston 1960
57% Please Don't Eat the Daisies Kate Mackay 1960
93% Pillow Talk Jan Morrow 1959
No Score Yet The Tunnel of Love Isolde Poole 1958
86% Teacher's Pet Erica Stone 1958
91% The Pajama Game Katie (Babe) Williams 1957
91% The Man Who Knew Too Much Josephine Conway 'Jo' McKenna 1956
67% Love Me Or Leave Me Ruth Etting 1955
86% Young at Heart Laurie Tuttle 1954
No Score Yet Lucky Me Candy Williams 1954
71% Calamity Jane Calamity Jane 1953
No Score Yet By the Light of the Silvery Moon Marjorie Winfield 1953
No Score Yet April in Paris Ethel S. 'Dynamite' Jackson 1952
No Score Yet The Winning Team Aimee Alexander 1952
No Score Yet Starlift Herself 1951
100% On Moonlight Bay Marjorie Winfield 1951
No Score Yet Lullaby of Broadway Melinda Howard 1951
80% I'll See You In My Dreams Grace LeBoy Kahn 1951
No Score Yet The West Point Story Jan Wilson 1950
No Score Yet Tea for Two Nanette Carter 1950
80% Young Man With a Horn Jo Jordan 1950
No Score Yet It's a Great Feeling Judy Adams 1949
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours Martha Gibson 1949
80% Romance on the High Seas Georgia Garrett 1948


No Score Yet The View
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Great Performances
Performer 2003


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