Happy Birthday Doris Day

Today is the 90th birthday of Doris Day.  If you see nothing else that she has done, see “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” It gives you everything you could ever want from her. If you feel like going deep, watch “The Doris Day Show,” it is amazing.

NAME: Doris Day
OCCUPATION: Animal Rights Activist, Actress
BIRTH DATE: April 03, 1924
PLACE OF BIRTH: Cincinnati, Ohio

BEST KNOWN FOR: Doris Day was a singer and actress most popular in the 1950s and early-1960s. She starred in a television sitcom called “The Doris Day Show” from 1968-1973.

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1924) is an American actress, singer and, since her retirement from show business, an animal rights activist. With an entertainment career that spanned through almost 50 years, Day started her career as a big band singer in 1939, but only began to be noticed after her first hit recording, “Sentimental Journey”, in 1945. After leaving the Les Brown & His Band of Renown to try a solo career, she started her long-lasting partnership with Columbia Records, which would remain her only recording label. 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. In 1948, after being persuaded by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and her agent at the time, Al Levy, she auditioned for Michael Curtiz, which led to the lead in Romance on the High Seas, her first film with close friend, Jack Carson.

With a legendary Hollywood “girl next door” image and capable of delivering comedy, romance as well as heavy drama, she appeared in 39 films, released 29 albums, spent 460 weeks in the Top 40 charts and eventually became one of America‘s most beloved entertainers. She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Pillow Talk, won three Henrietta Award (World Film Favorite), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Legend Award from the Society of Singers, Los Angeles Film Critics Association‘s Career Achievement Award and, in 1989, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.

Day’s strong commitment to animal rights began in 1971, when she cofounded the “Actors and Others for Animals”. She started her own non-profit organization in the late 1970s, the Doris Day Animal Foundation and, later, the Doris Day Animal League. Establishing the annual observance Spay Day USA in 1994, The Doris Day Animal League now partners with the Humane Society of the United States and continues to be a leading advocacy organization. In 2004 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in recognition of her distinguished service to the country. President Bush recognized Miss Day’s work on behalf of animals by saying, “It was a good day for our fellow creatures when she gave her good heart to the cause of animal welfare.”

Day was ranked the biggest box-office star for four years (1960; 1962–1964) and ranked in the top 10 for 10 years (1951–1952; 1959–1966). She became the top-ranking female box-office star of all time and ranked sixth among the top 10 box-office performers (male and female), as of 2009.

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Happy Birthday Thelma Ritter

Today is the 112th birthday of Thelma Ritter.  She is one of the actors that will make me want to watch the movie if she is in it, no matter how small. She perfected the working class voice of reason character that kept all the other characters from getting too out of touch. And if they did, she had no problem telling them so. Watch her in “Rear Window” and “The Misfits” and you will want to add every movie she is in to your Netflix queue. Ladies and gentlemen, Thelma Ritter. Style Icon.

 

Born February 14, 1902 Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died February 5, 1969 (aged 66) New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress

BEST KNOWN FOR: American actress. She typically played working class characters and was noted for her distinctive voice, with a strong Brooklyn accent.

Ritter did stock theater and radio shows early in her career, without much impact. Ritter’s first movie role was in Miracle on 34th Street (1947). She made a memorable impression in a brief uncredited part, as a frustrated mother unable to find the toy that Kris Kringle has promised to her son. Her second role, in writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz‘s A Letter to Three Wives (1949), also left a mark, although Ritter was again uncredited.

Mankiewicz kept Ritter in mind, and cast her as “Birdie” in All About Eve (1950), which earned her an Oscar nomination. A second nomination followed for her work in Mitchell Leisen’s’ classic ensemble screwball comedy The Mating Season (1951) starring Gene Tierney and John Lund. Ritter enjoyed steady film work for the next dozen years. She also appeared in many of the episodic drama TV series of the 1950s, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, General Electric Theater, and The United States Steel Hour. Other film roles were as James Stewart’s nurse in Rear Window (1954) and as Doris Day‘s housekeeper in Pillow Talk (1959). Although best-known for comedy roles, she played the occasional dramatic role, most notably in Pickup on South Street (1953), Titanic (1953), and The Misfits (1961).

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If you see nothing else that Doris Day has done, see “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” It gives you everything you could ever want from her. If you feel like going deep, watch “The Doris Day Show,” it is amazing. Ladies and gentlemen, Doris Day. Style Icon.

NAME: Doris Day
OCCUPATION: Animal Rights Activist, Actress
BIRTH DATE: April 03, 1924 (Age: 89)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Cincinnati, Ohio

BEST KNOWN FOR: Doris Day was a singer and actress most popular in the 1950s and early-1960s. She starred in a television sitcom called “The Doris Day Show” from 1968-1973.

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1924) is an American actress, singer and, since her retirement from show business, an animal rights activist. With an entertainment career that spanned through almost 50 years, Day started her career as a big band singer in 1939, but only began to be noticed after her first hit recording, “Sentimental Journey”, in 1945. After leaving the Les Brown & His Band of Renown to try a solo career, she started her long-lasting partnership with Columbia Records, which would remain her only recording label. 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. In 1948, after being persuaded by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and her agent at the time, Al Levy, she auditioned for Michael Curtiz, which led to the lead in Romance on the High Seas, her first film with close friend, Jack Carson.

With a legendary Hollywood “girl next door” image and capable of delivering comedy, romance as well as heavy drama, she appeared in 39 films, released 29 albums, spent 460 weeks in the Top 40 charts and eventually became one of America’s most beloved entertainers. She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Pillow Talk, won three Henrietta Award (World Film Favorite), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Legend Award from the Society of Singers, Los Angeles Film Critics Association‘s Career Achievement Award and, in 1989, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.

Day’s strong commitment to animal rights began in 1971, when she cofounded the “Actors and Others for Animals”. She started her own non-profit organization in the late 1970s, the Doris Day Animal Foundation and, later, the Doris Day Animal League. Establishing the annual observance Spay Day USA in 1994, The Doris Day Animal League now partners with the Humane Society of the United States and continues to be a leading advocacy organization. In 2004 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in recognition of her distinguished service to the country. President Bush recognized Miss Day’s work on behalf of animals by saying, “It was a good day for our fellow creatures when she gave her good heart to the cause of animal welfare.”

Day was ranked the biggest box-office star for four years (1960; 1962–1964) and ranked in the top 10 for 10 years (1951–1952; 1959–1966). She became the top-ranking female box-office star of all time and ranked sixth among the top 10 box-office performers (male and female), as of 2009.

Waldina.com 300 posts later

This weekend, Waldina.com published it’s 300th post.  I made a photo collage of  some of the photos used in previous blog posts (and some to come, I have about 135 posts saved for future publication).  I am thinking about changing the banner photo to a slice of the photo, it is kind of neat.  If you have any ideas of people, places, things, etc you find inspiring and want to share, please pass them on to me and I will add them to one of the various lists.

Here are some stats as of right now:

10,662: views all-time

314: views on your busiest day, April 16, 2012

Blog Posts and their number of views:

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John Steinbeck – Style Icon 419
Barbra Streisand – Style Icon 365
Bianca Jagger – Style Icon 235
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Judy Lewis, Secret Daughter of Hollywood, Dies at 76 192
10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling – Self Help 182
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If you see nothing else that Doris Day has done, see “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”  It gives you everything you could ever want from her.  If you feel like going deep, watch “The Doris Day Show,” it is amazing.  Ladies and gentlemen, Doris Day.  Style Icon.

NAME: Doris Day
OCCUPATION: Animal Rights Activist, Actress
BIRTH DATE: April 03, 1924 (Age: 87)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Cincinnati, Ohio

BEST KNOWN FOR: Doris Day was a singer and actress most popular in the 1950s and early-1960s. She starred in a television sitcom called “The Doris Day Show” from 1968-1973.

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1924) is an American actress, singer and, since her retirement from show business, an animal rights activist. With an entertainment career that spanned through almost 50 years, Day started her career as a big band singer in 1939, but only began to be noticed after her first hit recording, “Sentimental Journey”, in 1945. After leaving the Les Brown & His Band of Renown to try a solo career, she started her long-lasting partnership with Columbia Records, which would remain her only recording label. 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. In 1948, after being persuaded by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and her agent at the time, Al Levy, she auditioned for Michael Curtiz, which led to the lead in Romance on the High Seas, her first film with close friend, Jack Carson.

With a legendary Hollywood “girl next door” image and capable of delivering comedy, romance as well as heavy drama, she appeared in 39 films, released 29 albums, spent 460 weeks in the Top 40 charts and eventually became one of America’s most beloved entertainers. She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Pillow Talk, won three Henrietta Award (World Film Favorite), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Legend Award from the Society of Singers, Los Angeles Film Critics Association‘s Career Achievement Award and, in 1989, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.

Day’s strong commitment to animal rights began in 1971, when she cofounded the “Actors and Others for Animals”. She started her own non-profit organization in the late 1970s, the Doris Day Animal Foundation and, later, the Doris Day Animal League. Establishing the annual observance Spay Day USA in 1994, The Doris Day Animal League now partners with the Humane Society of the United States and continues to be a leading advocacy organization. In 2004 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in recognition of her distinguished service to the country. President Bush recognized Miss Day’s work on behalf of animals by saying, “It was a good day for our fellow creatures when she gave her good heart to the cause of animal welfare.”

Day was ranked the biggest box-office star for four years (1960; 1962–1964) and ranked in the top 10 for 10 years (1951–1952; 1959–1966). She became the top-ranking female box-office star of all time and ranked sixth among the top 10 box-office performers (male and female), as of 2009.

Thelma Ritter – Style Icon

A good St. Valentine’s Day to you.  It is also Thelma Ritter‘s birthday, she would have been 100.  Thelma Ritter is one of the actors that will make me want to watch the movie if she is in it, no matter how small.  She perfected the working class voice of reason character that kept all the other characters from getting too out of touch.  And if they did, she had no problem telling them so.  Watch her in “Rear Window” and “The Misfits” and you will want to add every movie she is in to your Netflix queue.  Ladies and gentlemen, Thelma Ritter.  Style Icon.

Born February 14, 1902 Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died February 5, 1969 (aged 66) New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress

BEST KNOWN FOR: American actress. She typically played working class characters and was noted for her distinctive voice, with a strong Brooklyn accent.

Ritter did stock theater and radio shows early in her career, without much impact. Ritter’s first movie role was in Miracle on 34th Street (1947). She made a memorable impression in a brief uncredited part, as a frustrated mother unable to find the toy that Kris Kringle has promised to her son. Her second role, in writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz‘s A Letter to Three Wives (1949), also left a mark, although Ritter was again uncredited.

Mankiewicz kept Ritter in mind, and cast her as “Birdie” in All About Eve (1950), which earned her an Oscar nomination. A second nomination followed for her work in Mitchell Leisen’s’ classic ensemble screwball comedy The Mating Season (1951) starring Gene Tierney and John Lund. Ritter enjoyed steady film work for the next dozen years. She also appeared in many of the episodic drama TV series of the 1950s, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, General Electric Theater, and The United States Steel Hour. Other film roles were as James Stewart’s nurse in Rear Window (1954) and as Doris Day‘s housekeeper in Pillow Talk (1959). Although best-known for comedy roles, she played the occasional dramatic role, most notably in Pickup on South Street (1953), Titanic (1953), and The Misfits (1961).