Actresses and Singer (1924-Present)
Day, one of the most influential and prolific actresses
to ever grace the silver screen, was born Doris Mary Ann
Von Kapplehoff to a immigrated German family in Cincinnati,
Ohio, in 1924. As a child, she was always a playful little
girl, wanting what other girls wanted, which was to become
a typical ballerina. She loved to dance, sometimes dancing
by herself, for hours at a time, but soon her dreams of
becoming a dancer were shattered by a horrific automobile
accident. Grace smiled upon her again when, at the age
of 16, Doris discovered that she could sing, and sing
Doris began singing with local bands and on one separate
singing occasion, Doris met her first husband, Al Jorden,
whom she married shortly afterwards in 1941, at the age
of 17. The marriage was short-lived because of Jorden's
obsession with violence. In 1943, the couple divorced.
After another failed marriage, that did not last even
a year, Doris' agent urged her to take a screen test for
motion pictures. It was the mega movie moguls Warner Brothers that caught on quick to Doris' talent, and their pursuit
for the perfect face for their pictures was well worth
the journey. After a lofty contract signing, Doris went
on to star in over 20 films from 1948 to 1953. Some of
her most famous films of this period were Calamity
Jane, Lucky Me, My Dream is Yours, The
Man Who knew Too Much, and Pillow Talk.
Her soaring movie career helped her sell her musical
album, and further increased her stardom. It was during
this time that she met Marty Melcher, her future husband.
They were wed in 1951, and in 1953, they adopted a child.
Doris' success took her through over 50 smash movie hits,
her own show, countless other television appearances,
and gold records. Even at the young age of 75, Doris
runs a foundation for the proper care of Animals in the
town of Carmel, California.
This collection of recordings is a sampling of her singing
talents and guest appearances in various shows including
the Bob Hope Show, Guest
Star Radio, Railroad Hour,
and volume two includes recordings of her own show, The Doris Day Show.