Doris Day was the definition of a Hollywood treasure. Her talent and incredible career made her iconic and have changed the landscape for women in the entertainment industry in the years that have followed. Doris Day was truly a one of a kind and, despite decades of fame, there is still a lot that many don’t know about her! From dancing to acting to singing and everything in between, here are 12 things you never knew about Doris Day:
12. What’s In a Name?
While she was world renowned as Doris Day, she was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff. When Doris was discovered by Barney Rapp, she was only 16 years old and he knew that she needed a stage name that was easier for people to remember. Thanks to her rendition of “Day After Day” he suggested Day for her last name, and while she wasn’t thrilled about it, Rapp thought it was perfect and had “a nice fresh sound to it –like the dawn of a new day.” Doris later reportedly told her mother that she didn’t like Doris Day because it sounded like the name of a headliner at a Burlesque house; in other words, according to Doris, it sounded like a stripper’s stage name.