Doris Day

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Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922 or 1924) is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist.

Day began her career as a big band singer in 1939, and is well-known for her string of romantic comedies with leading man Rock Hudson including 'Pillow Talk' and 'Lover Come Back' in the early 1960's. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording "Sentimental Journey", in 1945. After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to embark on a solo career, Day started her long-lasting partnership with Columbia Records, which remained her only recording label. The contract lasted from 1947 to 1967 and included more than 650 recordings, making Day one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century. In 1948, after being persuaded by songwriters Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne and by Al Levy, her agent at the time, she auditioned for film director Michael Curtiz, which led to her being cast as the female lead in Romance on the High Seas.

Over the course of her career, Day appeared in 39 films. She was ranked the biggest box-office star, the only woman appearing on that list in the era, for four years (1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964), ranking in the top 10 for ten years (1951–52, and 1959–66). She became the top-ranking female box-office star of all time and is currently ranked sixth among the top 10 box office performers (male and female), as of 2012. Day received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Pillow Talk, won three Henrietta Awards (World Film Favorite), and received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Career Achievement Award. In 1989, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. She made her last film in 1968.

She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 2011, she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, which debuted at No. 9 on the UK Top 40 charts. As of January 2014, Day is the oldest living artist to score a UK Top 10 with an album featuring new material.

Her strong commitment to animal welfare began in 1971, when she co-founded Actors and Others for Animals. She started her own non-profit organization in the 1970s, the Doris Day Animal Foundation and, later, the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL). Establishing the annual observance Spay Day USA in 1995, the Doris Day Animal League now partners with The Humane Society of the United States and continues to be a leading advocacy organization. In 2004, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in recognition of her distinguished service to the country. Day is retired from acting and performing, but has continued her work in animal rights and welfare causes.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Hooray for Hollywood Doris Day 1
1990 With Les Brown Doris Day 1
1993 It's Magic Doris Day 3
1994 Cuttin' Capers / Bright & Shiny Doris Day 1
1994 Day by Day / Day by Night Doris Day 2
1994 Personal Christmas Collection Doris Day 1
1995 Latin for Lovers / Love Him Doris Day 1
1995 Sentimental Journey / Latin for Lovers Doris Day 1
1996 I Have Dreamed / Listen to Day Doris Day 1
1999 Gold Doris Day 1
2000 I'll Never Stop Loving You Doris Day 1
2000 Duet Doris Day & André Previn with The André Previn Trio 1
2000 On Moonlight Bay / By the Light of the Silv'ry Moon Doris Day 1
2001 Together Now Doris Day 1
2004 You're My Thrill / Young at Heart Doris Day 1
2006 The Love Album Doris Day 2
2007 It's Magic Doris Day 1
2011 My Heart Doris Day 1
2012 The Classic Christmas Album Doris Day 1
Day by Day Doris Day 5 1
Day by Night Doris Day 1
Happy Hits Doris Day 1
The Christmas Album Doris Day 1
The Doris Day Christmas Album Doris Day 1
What Every Girl Should Know / Sentimental Journey Doris Day 1
Young Man With a Horn Doris Day 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1954 The Voice of Your Choice Doris Day 1
1958 Doris Day's Greatest Hits Doris Day 2
1987 Sings 22 Original Recordings (1952-53) Doris Day 1
1988 A Day at the Movies Doris Day 1
1988 Greatest Hits Doris Day 1
1989 A Portrait of Doris Day Doris Day 1
1992 16 Most Requested Songs Doris Day 1
1992 Complete Doris Day With Les Brown Doris Day 2
1993 The Hit Singles Collection Doris Day 1
1994 Show Time & Day in Hollywood Doris Day 1
1995 Sentimental Journey Doris Day 1
1996 The Best of Doris Day Doris Day 1
1996 Sentimental Journey Doris Day 1
1997 Daydreaming: The Very Best of Doris Day Doris Day 1
1997 The Best of Doris Day Doris Day 1
1998 Pillow Talk: 25 Greatest Hits Doris Day 1
1999 Golden Girl (The Columbia Recordings 1944-1966) Doris Day 2
1999 Sentimental Journey Doris Day 1
2000 The Formative Years Doris Day 1
2000 The Great Doris Day Doris Day 1
2001 The Very Best of Doris Day Doris Day 1
2002 40 Magic Moments Doris Day 1
2003 25 Movie Greats Doris Day 1
2004 Her Life in Music 1940–1966 Doris Day 1

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