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Doris Day to Celebrate 90th Birthday in April, 2014; Celebrations Have Begun
Worldwide Icon Doris Day turns 90 in April, 2014. Since this is such a special, once in a lifetime event, many folks have already begun to celebrate in various ways.
Doris Day's own Pet Foundation has begun what they are calling "90 Doris 90". Check it out on their website. http://ddaf.org
You can even join those who annually trek to Carmel,California (where Doris lives today) for a special package and multi-day stay in Miss Day's co-owned hotel. (see details on that website.) Whether or not Miss Day will make a special appearance is a topic of much speculation, but in previous years, she has waved at groups of them from the balcony of her home overlooking the area golf course.
Once again, Jim Martinez and Laura Didier (outstanding jazz musicians) will be performing a special concert in Doris' honor at the Cyprus Inn in Carmel, part of an annual tradition...and Doris always calls in a message at this event.
Her own website, http://Dorisday.com, has also begun the party. Lots of things are available on that website as well, including a recent message from Doris herself. There are things on this website you will not see anywhere else, and you won't want to miss them.
http://Dorisdaytribute.com is another of the places (across the pond) that does constant celebrations for this legendary Hollywood star. The same is true on another website across the pond, the one that is run by Bryan James, London-based, http://dorisday.net/
For the past three years of its operation, http://www.songsandmemories.com has had a special place for Miss Day on the website, a place where all aspects of her career can be found. Each year, there is a special tribute page for her birthday that usually opens in late March or early April. (The page for 2013 is still available on the site.) However, because of the nature of this special event, the celebratory page for Doris Day's 90th birthday is open NOW. Fans and others can visit that page anytime (Check the sidebar navigation under "Just Doris" and find the page called "Happy 90th Birthday To Doris Day, 2014".) The site staff says the page is still being written, but visitors can check the site often...there are all kinds of tributes and links to Miss Day and her exceptional work, and these will be constantly updated up to the actual event.
In fact, in early January, the staff at songs and memories will post a toll free phone number. At that time, fans and friends can call in a message to Doris telling her how much they appreciate her and wishing her a Happy Birthday. All of these calls will be posted on the site, recorded on a cd, and sent to Miss Day. It is a way that fans and friends of Miss Day can help to celebrate this very unique American/Worldwide Institution. A recent video helps to explain what is happening. http://www.youtube.com/
Doris Day's career began in the mid 30's when she was planning to become a dancer. An accident forced her to change her plans, and she became one of the best known female singers, the starring vocalist with the big band of Les Brown. From there, it was a single recording contract with Columbia Records, six hundred or more recorded songs (many of them #1 hits), and then the movies, where Doris still remains in the Top Ten of Alltime Female Box Office Stars. Then came television, where her weekly series "The Doris Day Show" remained in the Top Ten for 5 years and two TV specials were top rated entertainments. She also appeared on a special with John Denver, and did many tv appearances discussing her controversial book, "Doris Day-Her own Story", which became a #1 Best Seller on the New York Times best selling list.
After that, Doris went into semi-retirement for 10 years or so...these were the years when she actively embraced animal advocacy, which is the heart of her life today. In 1985, she was coerced out of retirement long enough to do another TV show, "Doris Day's Best Friends". Those best friends were, of course, her animals, which was basically the theme of the show, but along the way, she also had some two-footed best friends from her extraordinary career, including an ailing Rock Hudson and former bandleader Les Brown.
Earlier in 2013, she did a series of interviews with Nancy Sinatra on Sirius Xm's "Siriusly Sinatra" show. She discussed all phases of career, and listeners were also treated to many of her exceptional recordings. Fans said, "She doesn't sound any older...still that sunny voice."
Today, Doris is often heard on the radio and online promoting the various programs of the Doris Day Pet Foundation. In fact, Doris' biggest wish for today and any day is for fans and friends to donate to the foundation so that she can continue to help save the animals who cannot speak for themselves. Because of her humanitarian devotion to animals and her exceptional career in the world of entertainment, she also won The Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President George Bush in 2004.
Between 1989 and 2011, Doris also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from: The Grammys, the Society of Singers, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The Golden Globes and The Comedy Awards. (The Oscars are still holding off for an in person appearance.)
Join these celebrations as folks the world over say HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY, DORIS DAY!