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I first fell in love with Doris Day while watching her with Frank Sinatra in Young at Heart. She was optimistic and sincere and followed her heart — and she could sing. I begged my parents to rent more of her movies, and we spent Saturday afternoons with Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk, and The Glass Bottom Boat. She earned her place in my heart with her short blond hair, girl-next-door charm, snappy wit, and infectious grin. She was everything I wanted to be when I grew up.
All in all, she starred in thirty-nine movies. I knew how much I loved her, but I never knew — until recently, at least — how much acclaim she received throughout her career. Day received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Pillow Talk and her song, “Secret Love,” from Calamity Jane won an Academy Award.
She also won three Henrietta Awards, received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award and the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.
In addition to her movie work, she produced thirty-one albums. She’s earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. She also starred her own sitcom, The Doris Day Show, for five years.
On top of all of that, she also made time to follow her passion as an animal rights activist. She founded the Doris Day Animal League in 1978 and contributed to the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center in 2011. While she has since retired from acting and performing, she’s still actively working to help animals and the people who love them. And her passionate devotion still inspires me.
Are you a Day devotee? Scroll down to check out a few of my favorite Doris Day songs, and be sure to share your muse in the comments!— By Jamie, Customer Care Advocate