Today was the day I knew would come but even now I do not think the world was ready for as we have lost the legend that is Doris Day.
On May 13th 2019 Doris Day passed away in the early morning at her Carmel Valley home. She had, on April 3rd, celebrated her 97th birthday. She had recently contracted pneumonia.
Doris Day was a hugely passionate about animals and set up ‘The Doris Day Animal Foundation’. Doris Day www.dorisdayanimalfoundation.org Friends, family and fans are invited to remember her by visiting the link above, reading about the wonderful work that is carried out and even make a donation.
I think Doris Day was the first musical star I became aware of and fell in love with. She was beautiful, had a gorgeous voice and a great fun sense of humour. I think the first film I saw was ‘Romance on the High Seas’ filmed in 1948. This was in fact Doris Day’s film debut. I loved the partnership with Gordon McRae, especially in the musicals ‘Moonlight Bay’ and ‘By The Light Of The Silvery Moon’. Then came the comedies with the most gorgeous actors, including Cary Grant and Rock Hudson. In fact ‘That Touch Of Mink’, the film with Cary Grant, was the first film I bought on VHS video from Woolworths!
‘Young at Heart’ was filmed in 1954 with Frank Sinatra and the portrayal of Ruth Etting in ‘Love Me Or Leave Me’ with James Cagney stayed with me for a long time. ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ a Hitchcock classic brought one of her most famous songs ”Que Serra Serra’.
I must admit that my absolute favourite is not any of the above but her portrayal of ‘Calamity Jane’ in 1953 with Howard Keel. I met Howard Keel many years ago and looked after him back stage as he was appearing at a theatre I was working at. He was a wonderful man and so kind and such a voice! I was thrilled to have met a Hollywood legend.
What I loved and admired about Doris Day was her love of animals. I hope that people carry on her legacy and keep her memory alive in this way.
If you do not want to support Doris’s animal foundation then please consider supporting your own local animal shelter, in the memory of Doris Day.
When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me.
Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be,
The future’s not ours, to see,
Que Sera, Que Sera, Que Sera
Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx
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