Happy 90th birthday to classic movie star Doris Day! The actress and singer shared a birthday photo in front of her home in Carmel, California with People magazine holding a cute pooch. Day has been an animal rights activist for years through her Doris Day Animal Foundation.
Day was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, on April 3, 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She began as a dancer, but a leg injury forced her to switch to singing. She became a favorite with several big bands and made her acting debut in "Romance on the High Seas" in 1948.
She made her best-known films opposite Rock Hudson, including the romantic comedies "Pillow Talk," "Lover Come Back," and "Send Me No Flowers." She took on more dramatic roles in the Hitchcock thriller "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and the biopic "Love Me or Leave Me," opposite James Cagney.
She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for "Pillow Talk" and sang the Oscar-winning song "Que Sera Sera" as a pivotal plot point in "The Man Who Knew Too Much."
Day told People in 2011, "I love life. I have my pets around me and good friends. I'm young at heart and I love to laugh. There's nothing better."
One of the funniest romantic comedies ever made: Day falls for smooth bachelor Hudson after he pretends to be a clueless Texas rancher. This 1959 classic earned Day her only Oscar nomination.
Day had a smash with the song "Secret Love" in this 1953 western musical, in which she falls for Howard Keel, who plays Wild Bill Hickock.
In this lesser-known, 1951 noirish drama, Day is in love with hothead Steve Cochran, whom her sister, Ginger Rogers, suspects of a racially motivated murder.
Young Man With a Horn
Doris Day played the nice singer who vies with Lauren Bacall for trumpeter Kirk Douglas's affections in this 1950 film by Michael Curtiz.
Love Me Or Leave Me
Day played against type as ambitious singer Ruth Etting, who marries gangster Marty Snyder, played by Jimmy Cagney, in this fictionalized account of a real-life 1920s romance. (1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Day starred as a retired singer who, along with husband Jimmy Stewart, gets caught up in international intrigue while in Morocco in this 1956 Hitchcock thriller. Day sang the Oscar-winning "Que Sera Sera" in the film.
Lover Come Back
Doris and Rock teamed up again for another hilarious romantic comedy in which they're ad execs competing for the same account, only Doris thinks that Rock is the inventor she's been hired to represent. (1961)