1. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording “Sentimental Journey”, in 1945.
2. After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to embark on a solo career, Day started her long-lasting partnership with Columbia Records, which remained her only recording label.
3. The contract lasted from 1947 to 1967 and included more than 650 recordings, making Day one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century.
4. In 1948, after being persuaded by songwriters Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne and by Al Levy, her agent at the time, she auditioned for film director Michael Curtiz, which led to her being cast as the female lead in Romance on the High Seas.
5. She was ranked the biggest box-office star, the only woman appearing on that list in the era, for four years.
6. In 1989, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.
7. She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers.
8. In 2011, she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, which debuted at No. 9 on the UK Top 40 charts.
9. As of January 2014, Day is the oldest living artist to score a UK Top 10 with an album featuring new material.
10. Her strong commitment to animal welfare began in 1971, when she co-founded Actors and Others for Animals.
11. She started her own non-profit organization in the 1970s, the Doris Day Animal Foundation and, later, the Doris Day Animal League.
12. Establishing the annual observance of Spay Day USA in 1995, the Doris Day Animal League now partners with The Humane Society of the United States and continues to be a leading advocacy organization.
13. In 2004, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in recognition of her distinguished service to the country.
14. Day is retired from acting and performing, but has continued her work in animal rights and welfare causes.
15. The youngest of three siblings, she had two older brothers: Richard and Paul, several years older. her parents separated.
16. She developed an early interest in dance, and in the mid-1930s formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty that performed locally in Cincinnati.
17. Day said: “During this long, boring period, I used to while away a lot of time listening to the radio, sometimes singing along with the likes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller.
18. But the one radio voice I listened to above others belonged to Ella Fitzgerald.