Doris Day was born on April 3, 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio as Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff. Her father was Frederick Wilhelm von Kappelhoff, a German music teacher, and her mother was Alma Sophia Welz. She had two older brothers: Richard, who died before she was born, and Paul. Doris Day was most famous for her singing career in the 1950s and '60s as well as her television program "The Doris Day Show," which aired from 1968 to 1973.Continue Reading
Doris Kappelhoff was interested in music and dance from a very young age, and performed as part of a dance duo in the 1930s. However, in 1937, she was involved in an accident when a train struck the car she was riding in, crushing her leg and ending her career as a dancer. Her mother then persuaded her to take singing lessons, and she began singing with local bandleaders at age 15. Around this time, she also decided to change her last name to "Day," as she felt "Kappelhoff" was too long and difficult to pronounce.
Doris Day recorded several hits before becoming an actress and starring in "Tea for Two," "Calamity Jane," and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much." As of 2015, Doris lives in Carmel, California and runs several animal rescue charity groups.Learn more about Art & Literature