Screen legend and icon Doris Day will celebrate her 90th birthday by giving back to those who mean the most to her: the animals.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Day announced her plans for a birthday bash in Carmel, California, where she now resides. This isn’t the typical star studded extravaganza with lavish presents, but a charity event designed to raise money for the nonprofit Doris Day Animal Foundation. The sold-out event will be held at the Cypress Inn.
The attendees of Day’s birthday celebration can expect a doggie fashion show, an adoption event, and a tribute dinner for friends and fans on April 4. To help raise money for the event, Day will auction off autographs from herself and celebrity friends, including Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett. These autographs will be auctioned off online and at the dinner. The online auction ends on April 1.
Day was born on April 3, 1924, but many sources list her birthday as April 3, 1923. The reason for this confusion is that, as a teenager, Day often had to lie about her age to stay employed.
Since leaving show business in the 1970s, her time and devotion has been to animal welfare. The Associated Press reports that Day said that gifts and cards don’t matter that much to her, but instead she wants to help animals. Day is “all about the four-leggers.”
Day appeared in over 30 films from the 1940s to the1960s, and from 1968-1973, she starred in her own television series called The Doris Day Show. Some of Day’s most popular films are Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk, It Happened to Jane, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, and the Man Who Knew Too Much. In 2011, Day released a compilation album called My Heart.
Day’s compassion and kindness towards animals shows that class is timeless. Here’s to a happy birthday and many more for the legend Doris Day.
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