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Happy Birthday, Doris!

Doris  Day
 (The Spokesman-Review)
Doris Day (The Spokesman-Review)

Okay, I admit it. I am not of the generation who listened to Doris Day in her teen years. I loved her when I was only a few years old. “Please play Dayis Doors,” I would ask my parents. Her records spun for hours on our family hi-fi.

Later I loved her movies, especially Pillow Talk with that great kiss on the couch with Rock Hudson. She was smart, and of her time. But her off-screen life was less than storybook: one child who predeceased her and four marriages. But today Doris Day lives a rich and full life, she tells admirers. She advocates for animals and enjoys time with friends. She stays close to her Carmel, California home (afraid of flying her whole life). Her legacy is one of grace, talent and class.

Happy 90th birthday, Doris. You remain America’s sweetheart for all time.

(S-R archive photo)

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