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It’s times like these, we become nostalgic. We reach for comfort food, take solace in being home (or have no choice) and often think of our childhood memories and loved ones. Family, safety, and happiness seem to be most prominent in our minds. So if you are home and looking for that comfort, may I recommend this:

Make some good ol’ homemade noodles or whatever comfort food makes you feels good and feed your soul with a family-friendly movie from one of the greatest entertainers I know of – Ms. Doris Day.

Her voice is soothing and her wholesome persona is nothing short of maternal. She was beautiful, charismatic, talented, and kind. You just know she was a good person! Something that also endears her to me is the fact that she was a true animal lover and inspired many with her graceful ways. This is probably my very favorite picture of her:

Good Day

Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff was born on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio with a German lineage. Growing up she developed an early interest in dance, and in the mid-1930s formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty that performed locally in Cincinnati. A car accident on October 13, 1937, injured her right leg as well as her prospects as a professional dancer.

While recovering from her car accident, Doris Kappelhoff started to sing along with the radio and discovered a talent she did not know she had. “During this long, boring period, I used to while away a lot of time listening to the radio, sometimes singing along with the likes of Benny GoodmanDuke EllingtonTommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller“, she told A. E. Hotchner, one of Day’s biographers. “But the one radio voice I listened to above others belonged to Ella Fitzgerald. There was a quality to her voice that fascinated me, and I’d sing along with her, trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, the casual yet clean way she sang the words.”

I guess everything happens for a reason, no matter what it was – we were blessed to have the ever so talented Doris Day entertain us with her acting and singing.


An excerpt from Wikipedia:

Day was married four times.

From March 1941 to February 1943 –  she was married to trombonist Al Jorden, a violent schizophrenic who later took his own life, whom she met in Barney Rapp’s Band. They had a son Terrence Paul “Terry” Jorden (1942–2004). When Doris refused to have an abortion, he beat her in an attempt to force a miscarriage.

Her second marriage was to George William Weidler from March 30, 1946, to May 31, 1949, a saxophonist and the brother of actress Virginia Weidler. Weidler and Day met again several years later during a brief reconciliation, and he introduced her to Christian Science.

Day married American film producer Martin Melcher on April 3, 1951, her 29th birthday, and this marriage lasted until he died in April 1968.  Melcher adopted Day’s son Terry, who became a successful musician and record producer under the name Terry Melcher. Martin Melcher produced many of Day’s movies. They were both Christian Scientists, resulting in her not seeing a doctor for some time for symptoms which suggested cancer.

Day’s fourth marriage was to Barry Comden (1935–2009) from April 14, 1976, until April 2, 1982. He was the maître d’hôtel at one of Day’s favorite restaurants. He knew of her great love of dogs and endeared himself to her by giving her a bag of meat scraps and bones on her way out of the restaurant. He later complained that she cared more for her “animal friends” than she did for him.

Google facts:

Doris Day

American Actress

Doris Day was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. She began her career as a big band singer in 1939, achieving commercial success in 1945 with two No. 1 recordings, “Sentimental Journey” and “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time” with Les Brown & His Band of Renown. She left Brown to embark on a solo career and recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967.


A list of Doris Day’s film appearances by wikipedia

Film appearances

1948Romance on the High SeasGeorgia GarrettHer feature film debut
1949My Dream Is YoursMartha Gibson 
1949It’s a Great FeelingJudy Adams 
1950Young Man with a HornJo JordanHer first dramatic role
1950Tea for TwoNanette CarterAdaptation of Broadway musical No, No, Nanette
1950The West Point StoryJan Wilson 
1951Storm WarningLucy Rice 
1951Lullaby of BroadwayMelinda Howard 
1951On Moonlight BayMarjorie “Marjie” WinfieldBased on the Penrod stories by Booth Tarkington.
1951I’ll See You in My DreamsGrace LeBoy Kahn 
1952The Winning TeamAimee Alexander 
1952April in ParisEthel  “Dynamite” Jackson 
1953By the Light of the
Silvery Moon
Marjorie “Marjie” WinfieldA sequel to On Moonlight Bay.
1953Calamity JaneCalamity Jane 
1954Lucky MeCandy Williams 
1955Young at HeartLaurie Tuttle 
1955Love Me or Leave MeRuth Etting 
1956The Man Who Knew Too MuchJosephine Conway “Jo” McKenna 
1956JulieJulie Benton 
1957The Pajama GameKatherine “Babe” WilliamsAdaptation of Broadway musical
1958Teacher’s PetErica Stone 
1958The Tunnel of LoveIsolde Poole 
1959It Happened to JaneJane Osgood 
1959Pillow TalkJan Morrow 
1960Please Don’t Eat
the Daisies
Kate Robinson Mackay 
1960Midnight LaceKit Preston 
1961Lover Come BackCarol Templeton 
1962That Touch of MinkCathy Timberlake 
1962Billy Rose’s JumboKitty WonderAdaptation of Broadway musical
1963The Thrill of It AllBeverly Boyer 
1963Move Over, DarlingEllen Wagstaff ArdenRemake of My Favorite Wife (1940)
1964Send Me No FlowersJudy Kimball 
1965Do Not DisturbJanet Harper 
1966The Glass Bottom BoatJennifer Nelson 
1967CapricePatricia Foster 
1967The Ballad of JosieJosie Minick 
1968Where Were You When
the Lights Went Out?
Margaret Garrison 
1968With Six You Get EggrollAbby McClureHer last film

Doris Day Discography

Chart hits

YearTitleChart Positions
1945Sentimental Journey(w/ Les Brown)1
My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time(w/ Les Brown)1
“‘Tain’t Me” (w/ Les Brown)10
Till the End of Time(w/ Les Brown)3
Aren’t You Glad You’re You?(w/ Les Brown)11
“Come to Baby Do” (w/ Les Brown) /13
1946You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)(w/ Les Brown)4
Day by Day(w/ Les Brown)15
I Got the Sun in the Mornin’ (and the Moon at Night)(w/ Les Brown)10
“The Whole World Is Singing My Song” (w/ Les Brown)6
1947The Christmas Song(w/ Les Brown)12
“Sooner or Later” (w/ Les Brown)13
“Papa, Won’t You Dance With Me”21
1948“Thoughtless” (w/ Modernaires)24
Love Somebody(w/ Buddy Clark) /1
Confess(w/ Buddy Clark)16
Put ’em in a Box, Tie ’em with a Ribbon, and Throw ’em in the Deep Blue Sea” /27
It’s Magic2
My Darling, My Darling(w/ Buddy Clark)7
1949Powder Your Face with Sunshine(w/ Buddy Clark)16
“Everywhere You Go”22
Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk(w/ Frank Sinatra)17
“Now That I Need You”20
Canadian Capers15
“Bluebird on Your Windowsill”19
I Said My Pajamas (and Put on My Prayers)21
Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later than You Think)24
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered9
I Didn’t Slip, I Wasn’t Pushed, I Fell19
A Bushel and a Peck16
1951It’s a Lovely Day Today30
Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)10
1952A Guy Is a Guy1
Sugarbush(w/ Frankie Laine)7128
When I Fall in Love20
“No Two People” (w/ Donald O’Connor)25
My Love and Devotion3110
“The Cherries”39
“A Full Time Job” (w/ Johnnie Ray) /202111
“Ma Says, Pa Says” (w/ Johnnie Ray)232812
1953“Mister Tap Toe”1011
When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along)29
“Candy Lips” (w/ Johnnie Ray) /1718
“Let’s Walk That-a-Way” (w/ Johnnie Ray)314
“Kiss Me Again, Stranger” /30
“A Purple Cow”25
“Choo Choo Train (Ch-Ch-Foo)20
1954Secret Love111
The Black Hills of Dakota7
“Lost in Loveliness”25
“I Speak to the Stars”1617
“Someone Else’s Roses”32
If I Give My Heart to You” /324
“Anyone Can Fall in Love”2741
Ready, Willing, and Able” /317
“Hold Me in Your Arms”39
1955“Foolishly Yours”25
Love Me Or Leave Me20
I’ll Never Stop Loving You131417
“Ooh Bang Jiggily Jang”83
1956“Let It Ring”51
Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)231
“Julie” /6440
“Love in a Home”79
The Party’s Over6347
1957“Twelve O’Clock Tonight”68
1958Teacher’s Pet5636
A Very Precious Love16
Everybody Loves a Lover6625
“Tunnel of Love”4353
1959“Love Me in the Daytime”10051
1960Any Way the Wind Blows50109
“Please Don’t Eat the Daisies”102102
“A Perfect Understanding”111
1962“Lover Come Back”98
1964Move Over Darling8
“Send Me No Flowers”135
1967“Sorry” *

* “Sorry” made the US AC chart at #19.

She had the soothing voice of an angel:

The ‘must have’ movie collections:

Good Night Beautiful Day

Ms. Doris Day died on May 13, 2019, at the age of 97, after having contracted pneumonia. Her death was announced by her charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation. Per Day’s requests, the Foundation announced that there would be no funeral services, grave marker, or other public memorials.

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