Doris Day was born Doris von Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio. There is some debate as to the exact day of her birth, but most sources agree that her birthday is the April 3. IMDB.com claims that she was born in 1922, while DorisDay.com and Biography.com provide a birth year of 1924. Regardless of her date of birth, Doris Day began singing in 1940 with a band led by Bob Crosby, brother of Bing Crosby. She continued to sing, being credited on literally dozens of soundtracks over 70 years.
Doris Day was also a very popular actress, with her career peaking in the 1950s and 1960s. She acted in such films as "Calamity Jane" and "The Ballad of Josie." In 1968, she began "The Doris Day Show," which ran for five years. Day announced her retirement from acting in 1975 and became a very strong supporter of animal rights. She won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Golden Globe. When offered an honorary Academy Award, she was not healthy enough to accept it in person.Learn more about Art & Literature