Sunday, April 3, 2011
Happy Birthday: Doris Day!
Doris Day April 3, 1922), While singing with the Les Brown band and briefly with Bob Hope, Day's popularity as a radio performer and vocalist, landed her to a career in films. Her performance of the song "Embraceable You", impressed Styne and his partner, Sammy Cahn and they recommended her for a role in my favorite Doris Day film, Romance on the High Seas. The film provided her with a beautiful song, "It's Magic."
She continued to make musicals such as: Starlift, The West Point Story, On Moonlight Bay, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, and Tea For Two. In 1953 Day performed as Calamity Jane, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Secret Love".
After filming, Young at Heart (1954) with Frank Sinatra, went on to perform in more dramatic roles, including her performance of singer Ruth Etting in the film, Love Me or Leave Me (1954), which she thought was her best film.
In Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Day sang "Que Sera, Sera" which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and became her signature song. The song was used again in another one of my favorite films,Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960), and was also used in a brief duet with Arthur Godfrey in another favorite film, The Glass Bottom Boat (1966). "Que Sera, Sera", also became the theme song for her CBS television show (1968–73).