Her father was a music teacher and church organist, while her mother loved popular music - but the youngster initially aspired to become a dancer.
"Day was shocked to learn that he and his business partner, Jerome Bernard Rosenthal, had squandered her earnings for 17 years", Fox 19 reported. And that means nearly 30 years since Rock was diagnosed.
"That was the greatest thing that happened". But a successful singing career turns into much more after a recurring guest spot on The Bob Hope Pepsodent Show landed her a career in the movies. In an age of iconic screen sirens, the triple threat became known for her wholesome image as America's sweetheart.
Day started her career as a singer, with her hit Sentimental Journey becoming a signature tune. Part of it was her speaking voice, ambrosial and bell-like but also a little musky, like a mysterious elixir viewed through amber-colored glass. Her 1976 tell-all book, "Doris Day: Her Own Story", chronicled her money troubles and three failed marriages. "She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, 'Que sera sera, ' but we will miss her dearly anyway", George Takei said. We'll hear plenty of that today, but here's another standard that Day brought to life - "Dream a A Little Dream of Me".
In 1939, Rapp encouraged Doris to adopt the stage name "Day" and she quickly found her fame with her attractive rendition of "Day After Day".
Some of those syrupy orchestral ballads are worth sticking around for, though. In Calamity Jane, Day sang the song "Secret Love", which would go on to earn Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster and Oscar.
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"She's the girl every guy should marry", a critic wrote in the Saturday Review.
Famously, she recorded the song in less than 15 minutes.
Day was well known for playing innocent, chaste characters, causing some critics to dub her "the World's Oldest Virgin". She had her second hit with "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time" and then signed a contract with Columbia Records, going solo, in 1947.
The song was nominated for a Grammy in 1958. He became her manager, and her son took his name. After they separated, he shot Etting's new lover (and piano player) Myrl Alderman.
Doris worked hard for more dramatic roles, as she landed a role in Love Me or Leave Me in 1955. "What happened? What happened?"
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