Doris Day Research Paper

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Doris Day is a famous actress, singer, dancer, and animal rights activist. She has been popular since the early 1940s. She started off wanting to become a famous dancer, but a tragic accident happens. She manages to go on with her life and continue to achieve her goals. Day is important to history because when she was first starting out her career it was during WWII. People appreciated her for her creativity when they were going through a rough time. On April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Alma and Frederick Wilhelm von Kappelhoff welcomed their first daughter. They named her Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, after Doris Kenyon, whom was a silent movie actress that her mother loved. Day had two siblings and she is the youngest of the three. Her older…show more content…
She studied ballet and tap. When she was thirteen, her and Jerry Doherty put together a dance and won $500 in a local talent show. After winning the contest, she and Jerry thought they could be very successful together so they went to Hollywood to see what would happen. They felt like good things could happen and their families agreed, so they decided that they wanted to move there permanently. On October 13, 1937, in Hamilton, Ohio, Day was hit by a train in a car that she was riding in. Day’s right leg was crushed preventing her to follow her dreams to become a professional dancer. Although she couldn’t dance anymore, she did not let it stop her from following her dreams to become an entertainer. She decided she was going to sing. Being a music teacher’s daughter, she did her vocal training by listening to the radio. She mostly listened to Ella Fitzgerald. Her mother seen a bright future for her daughter’s singing career and she encouraged her to take singing lessons. She started training with Grace Raine, whom charged them very cheap because she was so impressed with Day’s…show more content…
She played in “Tea for Two”, “Storm Warning” and “Young Man with a Horn” in 1950, “Lullaby of Broadway” and “On Moonlight Bay” in 1951, “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” and “Calamity Jane” in 1953. In 1954, Day became a freelance actress and it helped her career drastically. This decision was influenced by her manager/producer Martin Melcher, whom she married in April 1951. She starred in “Lucky Me” in 1954, “Love Me or Leave Me” in 1955, “The Man Who Knew Too Much” in 1956, “Pillow Talk” in 1959, and “Please Don't Eat the Daisies” in 1960. After Day’s oldest brother died, she didn’t really want to continue making movies, but as her manager, Melcher insisted. She played in “Do Not Disturb” in 1965, “The Glass Bottom Boat” in 1966, “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?” and “With Six You Get Eggroll” in

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