Doris Day: Shout-Outs For Her 90th Birthday

    April 3, 2014
    Pam Wright
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“Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see, que sera sera.”

I wonder what Doris Day was pondering when she sang her signature song – Que Sera, Sera – for the first time when it was released back in 1956?

I bet she never dreamed where life would take her during the past nine decades of her life.

“All I ever wanted in my life was to get married, have kids, keep house and cook, and even though I did all these things, I still ended up in Hollywood,” she told Closer magazine. “It was a great trip. I’ve had an amazing life and wonderful times. And I’m happy!”

The actress and singer turned 90 today, April 3, and she is still just as vibrant and beautiful as she ever was in her heyday.

Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff was born in Cincinnati to a music teacher and a homemaker. Her dream was to be a dancer, but when a tragic automobile accident severely injured her leg, she started singing to compensate, never realizing the blessing in disguise.

She began singing on the radio and had her first real break with several Big Bands, including those led by Barney Rapp and Bob Cosby. She copped her first hit with the single, Sentimental Journey, with Les Brown’s Band.

Her acting career dates from 1947 when she joined Warner Brothers Studios, starring in musicals like Calamity Jane.

By the mid-’50s, she was becoming a bonified superstar, especially with hit films like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, in which Que Sera, Sera was introduced.

In 1959, she was in the first of many movies with long-time friend Rock Hudson, in the racy (for its time) romantic comedy Pillow Talk, which led to a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

For many years after that, she was the top box office star in the world.

She has also been known and recognized for her work with animals.

To celebrate her birthday, she will host an event featuring local animal rescues that need to be adopted, and will raise money for her charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

“I’ve never been a fan of celebrating my own birthdays,” she said. “[And] helping animals has been a lifelong passion. They give us unconditional love and ask very little in return.”

Asked what the years have taught her, the forever girl-next-door said, “Live life to the fullest … It’s not coming back again.”

Shout-outs have been coming from the many stars who have known and worked with her throughout the years.

Happy birthday Miss Day!

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  • Shelley

    Happy Birthday Doris! We all love you!

  • jlj

    Just watched her in Calamity Jane today (saw it many times as a little girl) and felt joy watching this classic and noting how beautiful she looked with such a magnet smile. Later, I turned on the Internet and BAAM this article was right in my face. Still beautiful … Happy Birthday and many more!

  • Anna

    Happy Birthday to a special lady! Always enjoyed everything you did in movies.

  • Mary Anne Gardner

    Happy Birthday Doris!! And thank you for all you have done for our animals you are St Frances with blonde hair,ha!!

  • leslie

    OMG Happy Birthday! You are my all time number 1 best actrest i have many of your movies also Jumbo by Billy Rose Love it and Youg at Heart the best songs all of your songs. Happy Happy birthday Doris Day

  • Dovie Thompson

    Happy Birthday Miss Day I love you in Love Me or Leave Me

  • Doris Jeffers

    I have loved her since I was a kid and her singing is just the “Best” hope you a your best birthday ever. Hope I look as good as you when I am your age. That is if the Good Lord lets me live that long. Happy Birthday!!!!