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With her infectiously sunny nature and plucky spirit, Doris Day charmed audiences with a slew of films that portrayed her just shy of sainthood. Despite her cheerful countenance, however, Day's life has been far from easy.

Born April 3, 1924, in Cincinnati, Day dreamed of becoming a dancer, but when a near-fatal car accident dashed those hopes, the 14-year-old Day turned her attention to singing. By age 16, Day was touring with Les Brown and his band, and in 1948 she appeared in her first feature film, Romance on the High Seas. She made a string of successful movies during the '50s, including Teacher's Pet, The Pajama Game, Pillow Talk (which earned her an Oscar nomination), The Man Who Knew Too Much and her favorite, Calamity Jane.

In 1968, Day began a successful TV career with "The Doris Day Show," which ran five seasons. She has devoted herself to animal rights since 1980.

Doris Day in Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane

1953 TV-G

Indian scout Calamity Jane (Doris Day) is as hard-riding and handy with a gun as any man in Deadwood. When best buddy Wild Bill Hickock (Howard Keel) bestows his affections on a more feminine member of their show troupe, the friends begin to feud ... and then fall in love. This spirited musical from director David Butler features the Academy Award-winning song "Secret Love," and also earned Oscar nods for Best Score and Best Sound.

  • Doris Day in That Touch of Mink That Touch of Mink
  • Doris Day in Young at Heart Young at Heart
  • Doris Day in The Man Who Knew Too Much The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Doris Day in Move Over, Darling Move Over, Darling
  • Doris Day in Young Man with a Horn Young Man with a Horn
  • Doris Day in Pillow Talk Pillow Talk
  • Doris Day in My Dream Is Yours My Dream Is Yours
  • Doris Day in Send Me No Flowers Send Me No Flowers
  • Doris Day in The Glass Bottom Boat The Glass Bottom Boat
  • Doris Day in The West Point Story The West Point Story
  • Doris Day in On Moonlight Bay On Moonlight Bay
  • Doris Day in The Thrill of It All! The Thrill of It All!
  • Doris Day in Do Not Disturb Do Not Disturb
  • Doris Day in Lullaby of Broadway Lullaby of Broadway
  • Doris Day in April in Paris April in Paris
  • Doris Day in By the Light of the Silvery Moon By the Light of the Silvery Moon
  • Doris Day in Romance on the High Seas Romance on the High Seas
  • Doris Day in Tea for Two Tea for Two
  • Doris Day in I'll See You in My Dreams I'll See You in My Dreams
  • Doris Day in Storm Warning Storm Warning
  • Doris Day in The Winning Team The Winning Team
  • Doris Day in The Tunnel of Love The Tunnel of Love
  • Doris Day in It Happened to Jane It Happened to Jane
  • Doris Day in Lover Come Back Lover Come Back
  • Doris Day in Billy Rose's Jumbo Billy Rose's Jumbo
  • Doris Day in Caprice Caprice
  • Doris Day in With Six You Get Eggroll With Six You Get Eggroll
  • Doris Day in Federal Fugitives Federal Fugitives
  • Doris Day in It's a Great Feeling It's a Great Feeling
  • Doris Day in Starlift Starlift
  • Doris Day in Lucky Me Lucky Me
  • Doris Day in Please Don't Eat the Daisies Please Don't Eat the Daisies
  • Doris Day in The Doris Day Show The Doris Day Show
  • Doris Day in The Doris Day Special The Doris Day Special
  • Doris Day in 'Twas the Night 'Twas the Night
  • Doris Day in The Big Bands: Vol. 1 The Big Bands: Vol. 1
  • Doris Day in Romantic Classics from the Golden Era Romantic Classics from the Golden Era
  • Doris Day in Personal Journeys of World War II Personal Journeys of World War II