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STAR OF THE WEEK - Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff


Issue Date 09 - 15 Sept, 2017 at 2:00 PM

STAR OF THE WEEK - Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff

DOB: April 3, 1922
Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Occupation: Actress, singer, animal rights activist

Achievements:
· Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2004, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. She did not attend the White House award ceremony because of her intense fear of flying.
· Was named the top box-office star of 1963 by the Motion Picture Herald, based on an annual poll of exhibitors as to the drawing power of movie stars at the box office, conducted by Quigley Publications.
· She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6735 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Recording at 6278 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Interesting facts:
· Doris liked to dance. At 14, she formed a dance act with a boy, Jerry Doherty, and they won $500 in a local talent contest. Tragically, the night before she was to move to Hollywood, she was injured riding in a car hit by a train, ending the possibility of a dancing career. She spent most of her teenage years wheelchair-bound and during this time began singing on the radio.
· According to her autobiography, she got the nickname Clara Bixby when Billy De Wolfe told her, on the set of Tea for Two (1950), that she didn't look like a "Doris Day", but more like a "Clara Bixby".
· When her husband and manager of 17 years, Martin Melcher, died suddenly in April 1968, she professed not to have known that he had negotiated a multimillion-dollar deal with CBS to launch The Doris Day Show (1968) the following fall. After an abbreviated period of mourning, she went ahead with the series, which ran successfully for five seasons.
· It was during the location filming of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), when she saw how camels, goats and other "animal extras" in a marketplace scene were being treated, that Day began her lifelong commitment to preventing animal abuse.
· Her mother named her after her favourite silent film star, Doris Kenyon. By coincidence, in the mid-1970s when Day wrote her autobiography, Kenyon was her neighbour on Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills.
· Telephoned the White House to personally explain to President George W. Bush her reasons for not attending her award presentation in June 2004, and said she was praying hard that he would be elected to a second term of office in November.
· She briefly dated Ronald Reagan – with whom she co-starred in Storm Warning (1951) and The Winning Team (1952) – shortly after his divorce from Jane Wyman when she and Reagan were contract players at Warner Brothers.
· While performing for a local radio station, Doris was approached by band leader Barney Rapp. Rapp felt that Doris's name, Kappelhoff, was too harsh and awkward, and that she should change her name to something more pleasant. The name "Day" was suggested by Rapp from one of the songs in Doris' repertoire, Day by Day.
· For many years, it was uncertain whether she was born in 1922 or 1924, with Day herself reportedly believing her birth year was the latter and giving her age accordingly. It wasn't until April 3, 2017 that her birth certificate was found by the Associated Press, which confirmed she was born in 1922.





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