- born: 03/Apr/1924 (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff, known as Doris Day, is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate. A vivacious blonde with a wholesome image, she was one of the most prolific actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Able to sing, dance, and play comedy and dramatic roles, she has been an all-round star whose personality has permeated many popular and diverse movies.
Day acted in many films, in most of which she sang. Day began her film career in musicals, starting in 1948 as a peppy, Betty Hutton-esque persona. Her first film was "Romance on the High Seas"; in her audition she beat out over one hundred actresses, some of whom were established figures. Early publicity saddled her with such unflattering nicknames as "The Tomboy with a Voice" and "The Golden Tonsil". She continued to make saccharine and somewhat low-level musicals such as "Starlift", "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", and "Tea For Two" for Warner Brothers until the cycle exhausted itself. 1953 found Doris as pistol packin' Calamity Jane in what has become one of Hollywood's most enduring musicals, winning the Oscar for Best Song for "Secret Love".
In 1955, she received some of the best notices of her career for her portrayal of singer Ruth Etting in "Love Me or Leave Me", co-starring James Cagney. She continued to be paired with some of Hollywood's biggest male stars, including James Stewart, Cary Grant, David Niven, and Clark Gable.
In Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much", she sang "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Qué Será, Será)", which won an Oscar. According to Jay Livingston (who wrote the song with Ray Evans) Day preferred another song used briefly in the film, "We'll Love Again", and skipped the recording for "Que Será, Será". When the studio pushed her, she relented, but after recording the number in one take she reportedly told a friend of Livingston's, "That's the last time you'll ever hear that song." This was ironic, as "Que Será, Será" became her most famous song. It was used, for example, in her later film "Please Don't Eat the Daisies", was reprised as a brief duet with Arthur Godfrey in "The Glass Bottom Boat" and became the theme song for her television show.
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - cast: Josephine Conway McKenna
She has appeared in the following Hitchcockian documentaries...
- The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much (2000) - archive footage
"Considering Doris Day" by Tom Santopietro
"Doris Day" by Eric Braun