At 87 years old, she surpassed George Burns and her own friend Tony Bennett following the December 2011 release of her US album, “My Heart.” Both performers held the honor at 84 and 85 years of age, respectively.
Across the pond, Doris is also the oldest living artist who soared to the Top 10 on the UK best-seller charts when Sony Music in England released an advance version of “My Heart,” last September. “My Heart” was her first record of original studio material in 17 years, and she dedicated it to her late son Terry Melcher who produced most of the recordings. All album proceeds will continue to go to the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF) in Carmel Valley, California.
This Friday January 13th, Day will receive the 2011 Career Achievement Award during the 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles. The association has announced that other legendary Hollywood guests would be a part of her tribute.
In reaction to the award Doris recently wrote: "I want to thank the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for this wonderful award. I am so grateful and amazed that my work is still remembered. I loved making films and never thought of it as work. I once told my Mom that I would do it for nothing and she said, 'Doris, I wouldn't tell anyone that.' But I never thought about the money, only about how much I loved performing. Thanks again. Love, Doris."
In a career spanning more than 50 years, Day has appeared in 39 feature films and is best known for her leading roles in “Calamity Jane” with Howard Keel; “Young At Heart” with Frank Sinatra, “Love Me or Leave Me” with James Cagney, “Teacher’s Pet” with Clark Gable and “Pillow Talk” with Rock Hudson. She later starred in the popular comedy series “The Doris Day Show” (1968-73) and musical specials on CBS-TV. Additionally, her million-selling smashes Secret Love (from “Calamity Jane”) and Que Sera, Sera (from the Alfred Hitchcock film “The Man Who Knew Too Much”) both won Oscar Awards for Best Original Song.
For more information, visit www.dorisday.com or www.ddaf.org.
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