Lesser-Known Facts About Doris Day, 'The Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills'

Lesser-Known Facts About Doris Day, 'The Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills'

She founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation and the Doris Day Animal League and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

Actress Doris Day, who became one of the greatest box-office attractions of her time as the cheery, freckle-faced personification of wholesomeness, died on Monday at the age of 97, her foundation said on Monday.

She died at her home in Carmel Valley, California, surrounded by close friends and loved ones. A statement by the Doris Day Foundation revealed that the actress "had been in excellent physical health for her age" but had recently contracted "a serious case of pneumonia".

In the 1950s, Day made a decision to widen her portfolio by playing more dramatic characters, which included her role as Ruth Etting in Love Me or Leave Me, and Jo McKenna in Alfred Hitchcock's suspense film, The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Her last film was "With Six You Get Eggroll", a 1968 comedy about a widow and a widower and the problems they have when blending their families. More immediately, she found she had been committed to a weekly TV series she did not wish to do, but made the best of it, carrying "The Doris Day Show" (1968-1973) through five uneven seasons. Husband No. 3 was agent Martin Melcher, who mismanaged her fortune and left her in debt when he died. She described her first husband as a "psychopathic sadist" who beat her.

Day's age has always been speculated, with various news outlets often estimating her age. In Calamity Jane, Day sang the song "Secret Love", which would go on to earn Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster and Oscar.

She turned her attentions wholly to the welfare of animals, which would occupy her for the rest of her life.

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Even without her accomplishments as an actress, Doris Day would have been celebrated as a chart-topping vocalist. Millions of fans thought she was lovely. "He cheated on Doris, knocked her around and humiliated her in public", Standard reports, but he also fathered her child, Terry Melcher. She stayed with him the whole time, didn't she? Throughout her illustrious career, Day fought for animal-rights and is famously quoted saying, "I've never met an animal I didn't like, and I can't say the same thing about people". In most of the films following "Pillow Talk", Melcher was listed as co-producer.

Day's career thrived in the 1950s and '60s, making her a household name.

Born Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff in April 1922, Day originally wanted to be a dancer but had to abandon her dream after breaking her right leg in a auto accident.

Beyond her life on the big screen, Day released 29 studio albums of music between 1949 and 2011. "She had a heart of gold and was a very amusing lady who I shared many laughs with". She changed her surname at the suggestion of a band leader who heard her sing "Day by Day".

Terry Melcher, her only son, lived in a home on Cielo Drive in Los Angeles with his then-girlfriend, actor Candice Bergen. By then, she had mostly retired from show business.

Actress Doris Day having lunch on February 25,1970, in Hollywood.

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