Doris Day Bio: Facts About Her Married Life and Grandchildren

Doris Day, also known as Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, is an American starlet, singer and animal rights activist. Doris Day is recognized for her 1945 hit recording “Sentimental Journey”.

She gained fame after the 1948 movie “Romance on the High Seas” and the bedroom comedy movies such as Pillow Talk (1959), Move Over, Darling (1963) and the CBS sitcom “The Doris Day Show (1968–73)”.

Quick Info:

  • Birthday: 3rd April 1922 (age 95)
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: German
  • Profession: American actress, singer and animal welfare activist

 

Doris Day Family, Husband and Son

Doris day married husband businessman and restaurateur Barry Comden on 14th April 1976.

Day and Comden got divorced in 1981 roughly due to the reasons of her giving more attention to her animal friends than her marriage relationship.

Doris Day married American film producer Martin Melcher on 3rd April 1951. However, in 1968, Melcher died due to cardiomegaly. 

He adopted Dori’s son Terry Melcher (earlier Terrence Paul Jorden) who resulted from her physically abusive first husband Al Jorden.

Terry became a successful musician and record producer but later died in 2004 due to melanoma.

Doris Day was also married to her first husband Al Jorden. Jorden was a trombonist who later committed suicide, killing himself with a gun in 1967. Their marriage lasted only three years from 1941 to 1943.

Quick Info:

  • Parents: Alma Sophia (Mother) and William Joseph Kappelhoff (Father)
  • Husband: Barry Comden, Martin Melcher, Al Jorden, George William Weidler
  • Children: Terry Melcher
  • Marital Status: Divorce

Dori and Melcher were both practicing Christian Science. The practice was associated with the metaphysical family of new religious movements which resulted from her not seeing a doctor even after the symptoms showed signs of cancer. Later, she consulted a physician and got recovered.

Doris Day briefly married husband George William Weidler, a saxophonist from 30 March 1946, to May 31, 1949. It was Weidler who introduced Day to the Christian Science.

She was born to a music teacher/choirmaster and a housewife in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a brother named Paul who is two to three years senior to her. Her parents separated due to her father’s extramarital affairs.

She was very fascinated by the dance at a very early age. In the mid-1930’s she formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty.

She had to abandon all hopes of being a professional dancer after encountering a car accident on October 13, 1937, that injured her right leg.

Doris Day is a skilled actor come singer who was most popular in the 1950’s. Day, on 2011, released the album “My Heart”, which was produced by her late son Terry before his death and was included in No. 12 on Amazon’s bestseller list.

Early, before her career, she listened and hummed the music she listened on the radio. During the process, she got very much fascinated by Ella Fitzerald.

Her mother, realizing her hidden talent, hired Grace Raine as her music teacher.

She first served as a vocalist on the WLW radio program Carlin’s Carnival and in a local restaurant, Charlie Yee’s Shanghai Inn. She caught the attention of Barney Rapp who hired her as a vocalist.

She has recorded top hits “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time”, “‘Taint Me”, “Till The End of Time”, “You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)”, “The Whole World is Singing My Song” and “I Got the Sun in the Mornin”. 

She has sung two songs in the suspense film The man Who Knew Too Much, “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” and “We’ll Love Again” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

With her height standing at 5’7” and weight around 62 kg, she definitely looked sexy and attractive with her hourglass body.

The elderly lady, however, is 92-year old now, but yet she dresses fashionably and carries herself pretty well.

Doris Day Net Worth

Doris Day is an American actress, singer, real estate mogul and animal rights activist who has a net worth of $200 million dollars.

Day is one of the few starlets in Hollywood who has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Legend Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award and Cecil B. De Mille Award.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee also operates a nonprofit charity giving foundation called the Doris Day Pet Foundation which provides support and care to the animals and the people who love them. Day has also contributed $250,000 to the facility ‘Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption center’ located in Texas, which was started by her dear friend, author Cleveland Amory. The main aim of the facility was to help abused and neglected horses.

Quick Info:

  • Salary: N/A
  • Net Worth: $200 million

She definitely is massively successful and has a huge heart. She has accumulated huge riches and has donated some sum for the welfare of animals as well. No wonder, the lady is beautiful inside and out.