Rest In Peace Doris Day, A Hollywood Icon

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Rest In Peace Doris Day
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Doris Day, the legendary actress and singer, passed away last week in her come in California. Starring in countless box office hits, Day established herself as an icon in early Hollywood. After retiring from her acting career, Day went on to become an animal-rights activist. However, this just scratches the surface of who the actress was. This is a tribute to the great star and activist, Doris Day.

Doris Day: The Woman Who Paved The Way For Many

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Doris Day, one of Hollywood’s biggest icons, passed away on Monday, May 13th, in her home in California. Day celebrated her 97th birthday just two months ago. She was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, to William, a music teacher, and Alma, a housewife. It’s a known fact the star changed her name as early as her teen years – which was when she started singing on the radio.

Day paved the way for many actresses to come, but she actually started as a bandleader in the ’30s! However, her talent, looks, and stage presence quickly captivated the eyes of Hollywood producers and the public’s heart. So, Day turned to the big screen. Her first role came in 1948, with Romance on the High Seas. In her early career, Day perfected the now-famous girl-next-door image. But by the ’60s she became not only America’s number one box-office star – but the world’s biggest name in cinema.

Day’s Biggest Hits

Doris Day started her box-office dominion in 195 with the hit Pillow Talk, which earned her a Best Actress nomination in that year’s Oscars. Day continued hitting home runs with Calamity Jane, in 1953, and Love Me or Leave Me, in 1954. Day took on another huge role in 1956, in Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Man Who Knew Too Much. In the film, the actress sang the iconic song “Que Sera Sera,” which earned her an Oscar win.

Doris Day’s career soared through the ’50s and ’60s, but her personal life hit some struggles. She married and divorced four times. Day’s immense success led her to question the motivation of people closest to her, and she even turned down an honorary Oscar and the Kennedy Center Honor. However, that never stopped audiences from adoring her and waiting for her next hit.

Post-Hollywood Doris Day: An Animal-Rights Activist

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Even though Day achieved massive success, she lived through significant pain in her life. Her only son, music producer Terry Melcher, passed away in 2004 as a result of complications from melanoma. In a 2011 interview with People, the actress said, “I had him when I was [18], so we were like sister and brother. [His passing was] really hard. But I keep him with me.”

Despite the hardships Day went through, she always tried to keep her head held high. She never stopped creating, acting, and singing; and after she quit Hollywood, Day became a philanthropist and a huge animal-rights activist. Day also started the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

In 2004, she received a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush for “achievements in the entertainment industry and for her work on behalf of animals.” President Bush stated, “[Day] has kept her fans and shown the breadth of her talent in television and the movies. She starred on screen with leading men from Jimmy Stewart to Ronald Reagan. It was a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio decided to become an entertainer. It was a good day for our fellow creatures when she gave her good heart to the cause of animal welfare. Doris Day is one of the greats, and America will always love its sweetheart.”

May Doris Day’s legacy and art live on, and may she rest in peace.