DORIS DAY SECRETS

Published on: April 3, 2014
Photography by: MoviePix/Getty
DORIS DAY SECRETS

Birthday girl DORIS DAY, 90, has more than a few secrets. WHAT ARE THEY?

Doris’s real name is Doris Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff.

 Big band leader Barney Rapp convinced Doris to change her last name, reputedly after the song 'Day After Day' which she sang with his band.

Reportedly, Doris never liked the name change, thinking it made her sound too much like a burlesque queen! That’ll be the day...

Doris actually wanted to be a professional dancer.  She partnered with Jerry Doherty in the mid-1930s Her dance dreams were shattered after she crushed her leg in a car accident in 1937 at age 13.

Doris’s her first hit in 1945 was a singer for the Les Brown band with the song 'Sentimental Journey'.

Doris has not one but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! There's one at 6278 Hollywood Blvd for her music, and a second up the road at 6735 for her acting.

Doris is afraid of flying.

Doris is a famous animal lover, having founded the Doris Day Animal League and the Doris Day Animal Foundation.  AND, in lieu of gifts on her big B-day, Doris is asking for contributions to the Doris Day Animal Foundation.  

Doris has always maintained a squeaky clean girl next door image which is why she turned down the part of Mrs. Robinson, the infamous cougar played by Anne Bancroft in “The Graduate”.

When she first heard she was going to be co-staring with an actor named Rock Hudson she recalled asking, "Who's with me in Pillow Talk?"

"They said, "Rock."

"That struck me as funny. That's a name?”

DORIS DAY'S 4 BIGGEST HITS

  1. "Sentimental Journey" 1945
  2. "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" 1945
  3. "Love Somebody" 1948
  4. "Secret Love" 1954