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Oh What A Beautiful Dream
by Doris Day
FAST-TRACK: Doris Day (1922 to 2019) was an American actress, singer and animal welfare activist. Doris Day was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3rd 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She began her career as a big band singer in 1939, with her first hit recording being "Sentimental Journey" in 1945 (with 'Les Brown & His Band of Renown'). After leaving Brown to embark on a solo career, she recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967. Her film career began during the latter part of the classic Hollywood movie contract era when she appeared in the film "Romance on the High Seas" (1948). During her twenty-year career as a motion picture actress, she starred in a steady sequence of films including musicals, comedies and dramas. She shot to fame playing the title role in "Calamity Jane" (1953), and also starred in Alfred Hitchcock's dramatic "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956) with James Stewart. However, probably her best-known films were those in which she appeared alongside heart-throb Rock Hudson. This included "Pillow Talk" (1959), and she also worked in a similar vein with James Garner on "Move Over, Darling" (1963). She appeared in films next to a number of other leading men, such as Clark Gable, Cary Grant, James Stewart, David Niven and Rod Taylor, and after her final film in 1968 went on to star in the 'CBS' sitcom "The Doris Day Show" (until 1973). She was widely considered to be the biggest female film star of the early 1960s, and had risen to sixth among box-office performers by the year 2012. She released her 29th studio album, "My Heart", in 2011 - it became a UK Top 10 album with all-new material and no covers. In 1978, she had founded the Doris Day Pet Foundation, a non-profit grant-giving public charity which funded other non-profit causes throughout the US sharing her mission. She formed the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1987, a national non-profit citizen's lobbying organisation campaigning to protect animals through legislative initiatives. On a number of occasions, she herself actively lobbied the United States Congress in support of legislation designed to safeguard animal welfare, and in 1995 she originated the annual Spay Day USA. Among her many honours were a "Grammy" 'Lifetime Achievement Award', as well as a 'Legend Award' from the "Society of Singers". In 1960, she had been nominated for an "Academy" award in the 'Best Actress' category, and in 1989 was given the "Cecil B DeMille Award" for 'lifetime achievement in motion pictures'. In 2004, she was awarded the "Presidential Medal of Freedom" by President George W Bush and in 2011 received a 'Career Achievement Award' from the "Los Angeles Film Critics Association". Doris Day died from pneumonia in Carmel Valley, California, on May 13th 2019, aged 97.
Posted: 13th May 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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