Actress and singer, whose real name is Doris von Kappelhoff, born April 3, 1924 in Cincinnati (Ohio). Daughter of the notable pianist and organist William von Kappelhoff, also Professor of violin and singing at age 14 left his home to study dance and singing. He joined the company of comedians travelling Francho and frame. Shortly after starting a tour suffered a car accident in which he broke both legs, which cut short his career as a dancer.
When he recovered he returned to Cincinnati, he received singing lessons with his father and at the Academy of Grace Raine. In this city he began to act on the local radio station. It was the conductor and owner of a "night club", Barney Rapp, who worked, who suggested to change of surname, adopting the Day, taken from his favorite song "Day after day". Later, joined as a member in the Dixieland Orchestra, led by Bob Crosby, then to Fred Warin, and in 1945 to the "Les Brown and his Orchestra", one of the "big band" most important of America, with which he recorded in 1947, "Sentimental journey", and which was together for three years.
In 1947, when he acted in the Little Club of New York, saw it and heard the film director Michael Curtiz, who offered him a role, instead of Betty Hutton, in the musical film Romance on the high seas (1947), produced by Warner, and which was a great success with the song "It's magic". With this production, he signed a contract for five years and then another until 1955, date in which became the Metro Goldwyn Mayer.
His following films were: My dream is yours (1949) directed by Curtiz; It's a great felling (1949), by David Butler; Trumpeter (Young man with a horn) (1950) also of Curtiz and where had as starring Kirk Douglas; Tea for two (Tea for two) (1950), of Butler; with this same director, he took part in The West Point Story (1950) which also worked on Virginia Mayo, Gordon MacRae, and James Cagney. In this year he participated in the drama Stormwarning, along with Ginger Rogers and Ronald Reagan, and under the orders of Stuart Heisler. This was followed by the musical The Lullaby of Broadway (1951), with Gershwin and Cole Portersongs and Butler.
Already in 1951 he shot in the light of the Moon (On moonligth bay), film which had its part in operation marriage (By the light of the silvery moon) (1953). Prior to the shot I'll be seein' you (1951), Starlift (1951); The winning team (1952), Lewis Seiler and Ronald Reagan; April in Paris (1952) and Calamity Jane (in Spain Doris Day in the West) (1953), both of Butler. By that time it placed among the ten most blockbuster artists of the world. In 1952 was elected the best radio singer of the year. Prior to joining the subway worked at Lucky me (1954), with Frank Sinatra in always you and I (Young at heart) (1954).
In his new production company, her first role was in the musical love me or leave me ("Love me or leave me", which had rejected Ava Gardner, and which was directed in 1955 by Charles Vidor.) A year later, in 1956, to the Paramount the man who knew too much was the mythical (The man who knew too much), which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. That year rolled the diabolical Lord Benton (Juli). Then came, in 1958, The pajama game, teach me to love (Teacher's pet) with Clark Gable, and my husband sports (The tunnel of love), GeneKelly. In 1959 with Jack Lemmon and Steve Forrest starred in the untamed and the millionaire (It happened to Jane), this time for Columbia.
But before the end of the decade it became Universal. In this new stage took part in: confidences at midnight (Pillow talk) (1959), film in which formed a pair with Rock Hudson, actor that repeated, in 1961, in pajamas for two (Lover come back), and in 1964, don't send me flowers (Send me no flowers). Other films of the sixties were: you don't eat the daisies (1960), a cry in the fog (Midnight Lace) (1960) Jumbo (1962); Soft as mink (That Touch of Mink) (1962); Depart (Move Over, Darling) love (1963); Your little adventure (The Thrill of It All) (1963); Please do not disturb (Do Not Disturb) (1965); A suspicious siren (1966), Capriccio (Caprice) (1967), challenge at the ranch (The Ballad of Josie) (1967); Last night when the light went off (Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?) (1968) and his last film for the cinema of MOM boyfriend (A Man in Mommy completo Bed) (1968).
In 1968 began the program of television The doris Day Show. For this medium, he made a series directed by Bruce Bilson that embodied the role of a widow with two children and the action progressed on a ranch. In 1976 she was away for a few months as a result of a strange disease in the back. That year, toward November, published his autobiography, Doris Day: her own life, caused a great scandal, and sold in 1978 to a Hollywood producer. In 1983 he returned to the Studio for the filming of the television series entitled Nostalgia, in which, together with Robert Mitchum, evoked the history of Broadway and Hollywood.
Great animal lover, who lives surrounded, in March 1988 bought a hotel in the California town of Carmel in which facilitated beds and meals for dogs. A year later, in the summer of 1989, she was elected President of the newly created Association People Protecting Primates (PPP), dedicated to the protection of apes.
Throughout her career, she was chosen by the American public as the film actress popular in the years 1960, 1963, 1964 and 1965. It is regarded as one of the richest of his country artists. He was married four times and had a son.