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Doris Day

Actress/singer

Born - 4 April 1922, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died - 13 May 2019

Bright, bubbly, blonde, velvet-voiced, tallish American singer and later actress, with white, white teeth and winning smile, born Doris Kappelhoff. A hugely successful band singer and recording artist who made short 'soundie' films in the early 1940s, she got her first feature film role thanks to the illness of the intended star, and was an instant success. Later, the girl-next-door of Warners' family musicals of the late 1940s and early 1950s became accepted as a more-than-competent dramatic actress, and then not only sustained her career but became America's number one box-office star in a series of fluffy sex comedies from 1958 on. But her finest performances remain in mid-1950s' musicals where her characters mixed grittiness, vivacity and gusto - Calamity Jane (1953), Love Me Or Leave Me (1955) and The Pajama Game (1957). After a feature debut in It's Magic/Romance on the High Seas (1948), she made, among others, My Dream is Yours (1949), It's a Great Feeling (1949), Fine and Dandy/The West Point Story (1950), Tea for Two (1950), Lullaby of Broadway (1951), On Moonlight Bay (1951), By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953), Lucky Me (1954), Young at Heart (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1955), Julie (1956), Teacher's Pet (1957), The Tunnel of Love (1958), Pillow Talk (1959), It Happened to Jane (1959), Midnight Lace (1960), Lover Come Back (1961), That Touch of Mink (1962), The Thrill of It All (1963), Move Over, Darling (1963), Send Me No Flowers (1964), Do Not Dusturb (1965), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), Caprice (1967) and With Six You Get Eggroll (1968), her last, then starring in a TV show until 1973, and later devoting her energies to animal welfare. Four times wed, she won an Oscar nomination for Pillow Talk and was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. She died from pneumonia.