Remembering Doris Day

“I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like, and I can’t say the same thing about people.”

Her hometown of Cincinnati knew her as Doris Kappelhoff, but the world loved her as the film icon, Doris Day. Day recently passed away at the age of 97 after a long career as both singer and actor.

Over the course of her time in Hollywood, Doris Day starred in more than 40 films. She is perhaps best remembered for co-starring with Rock Hudson in three popular romantic comedies from the late 1950s and early 1960s. The best-known of these productions is Pillow Talk (available via Hoopla!), a film in which Day transforms from her usual girl-next-door style to a sexy career woman. She received an Oscar® nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of Jan Morrow, an interior decorator feuding with the womanizing Brad Allen (Rock Hudson).

In 1968, Day left films to devote herself to animal-welfare causes. She rescued and re-homed hundreds of animals over the years. This work culminated in the establishment of the Doris Day Pet Foundation in 1978. This organization eventually evolved into the Doris Day Animal Foundation, which funds other U.S. non-profits dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and helping animals in need.

Of her time in Hollywood, Doris Day said, “Getting into movies was a breeze, totally effortless, but it wasn’t my dream at all. I was just making a living.” Day spent her twilight years far from the public eye, invigorated by her charitable work and accompanied by a menagerie of pets.

Enjoy Doris Day’s incandescent screen presence in these DVDs from the Library’s collection:

Calamity Jane
Love Me or Leave Me

The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Pajama Game
Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
Teacher’s Pet
The Thrill of It All
The West Point Story
The Winning Team
Young at Heart