12 Things You Didn’t Know About Doris Day

  
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Doris Day is the definition of a Hollywood treasure. Her talent and incredible career have made her iconic and have changed the landscape for women in the entertainment industry in the years that have followed. Doris Day is 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 is 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.

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11. Age Is Just A Number

Somewhere along the line, it seems Doris forgot her birthday and for quite some time said she was born in 1924. It wasn’t until a few days before her birthday in 2017 that her official birth certificate was found revealing the star was turning 95 not 93 as she thought. “I’ve always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays, but it’s great to finally know how old I really am!” Day said after the revelation. “There has long been speculation and rumors about Doris’ age and we get this question a lot, looks like we finally have the answer,” said Day’s spokesman, Charley Cullen Walters. “The story I have heard the most is that at one point Doris was up for a role when quite young and her age may have been miswritten on the audition form. We don’t know if that’s correct, but if so it could’ve simply stuck for all these years.”

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