The Smiling Beauty
Doris Day, Hollywood actress, singer, and animal welfare activist, died at the age of 97 on May 13, 2019 in California, U.S. She had an active film career from 1939-2012. She was born on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, US. Her full name was Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff.
She spent her final years serving and rescuing animals on her seven-acre estate in Carmel Valley.
Beginning her career as a singer in 1939 (Big Band singer) she became familiar with her songs “Sentimental Journey” and “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time” in 1945. From 1947 to 1967 she sang more than 650 songs.
And she was a popular star in many successful films in the Golder Age of Hollywood (1910-60) of many genres including musicals, dramas, comedies, and romantic thrillers such as:
- Starlift (1951),
- Calamity Jane (1953),
- Love Me or Leave Me (1955),
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (a film by Hitchcock),
- Pillow Talk (1959) (co-starred with Rock Hudson (popular movie star),
- Lover Come Back (1961),
- Move Over, Darling (1963),
- The Thrill of it All (1963),
- Send Me No Flowers (1964), and so on.
She received many prestigious awards such as:
- Golden Glove Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1989,
- Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004,
- Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in in 2008,
- Legend Award from the Society of Singers in 2008),
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award in 2011,