Doris Day was a beautiful singer and actress who looked youthful even during the latter years of her life at 96. She lived a long and fruitful life and was a top film star in the 1950s and 1960s.
Doris Day embodies the saying “aging like fine wine” with her ageless beauty brought on by good genes. She was known as a singer, actress, songwriter, and television host. The iconic singer retired from the entertainment industry and focused on animal activism after two decades.
Day’s last feature film was in 1968, after which she went into television, becoming a host. She had a sitcom called “The Doris Day Show,” which aired from 1968 to 1973, after which she had “Doris Day's Best Friends” from 1985 to 1986.
American actress and singer Doris Day sits cross-legged and barefoot in a rattan chair, circa 1955. | Source: Getty Images
LIVING A QUIET LIFE
After she left television, she went by the name Clara and moved to Carmel, California, preferring to maintain a low profile. In 1978, the “Pillow Talk Star” star founded Doris Day Foundation, which focuses on animal care. She actively participated in its dealings until the time of her death, dedicating her life to the cause.
Although she lived most of her life in the limelight, the icon, who passed away on May 13, 2019, rarely granted interviews or discussed her personal life, restricting her public speeches to her foundation.
Doris Day, US actress and singer, wearing a red, white and blue polka dot neckscarf and a dark blue jumper, with a dark blue bow in her hair, circa 1965 | Source: Getty Images
LOOKING GOOD AT 96
Day lived an inspiring life and maintained her looks and cheer for several years. When she turned 96 on April 3, 2018, Angela Lansbury took to Twitter to celebrate her, saying she looked good because she lived her life with grace, love, and kindness in her heart.
Many remember the actress for her freckled natural beauty. Compared to the sex symbol Marilyn Monroe and the sophisticated Grace Kelly, Day was a lot more approachable and more relatable.
Black and White Portrait of Doris Day circa the 1960s | Source: Getty Images
HER REAL BIRTHDAY
The previous year, Day had discovered that she was younger than she thought by two years after her original birth certificate came to light. It had April 3, 1922, as her date of birth. In her usual grace, the former television host was not bothered by the discovery, saying:
“I have always thought of age as just numbers, and have never paid attention to birthdays, but I’m glad to know.”
HER PERSONAL LIFE
While it seems Day had a quiet and peaceful life after retiring from the industry, it was not always kind to her. Married and divorced four times, the singer was almost left bankrupt after she discovered her third husband, Martin Melcher, squandered her wealth before his death in 1968.
Day recovered from the shock, and in 2004, the most tragic event of her life happened when her son, Terry Melcher, died at 62 from cancer. Terry was from her first marriage to Al Jorden but took Melcher’s name when his mother married him.
In 2019, the former actress died at the age of 97 in her home in Carmel Valley, California. She had excellent physical health for her age, but unfortunately, she contracted a serious case of pneumonia. She was surrounded by friends at the time of her death.
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