Doris Day Turns 90 With First Public Appearance in Decades

Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 01:10 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Movie, TV, and singing icon Doris Day celebrated her 90th birthday last week by mingling with fans in California during her first public appearance in more than 20 years.

Day showed up at the birthday bash at Carmel-by-the-Sea to aid her animal charity on Friday, according to Us Weekly.

"Day stunned at the event, looking as beautiful as ever in a white ensemble with her hair curled," wrote Us Weekly's Madeline Boardman and Jennifer Peros. "Fans, who traveled to the soiree without knowing Day would attend, got the chance to meet the icon, who reportedly stayed after the celebrations to meet each attendee personally."

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"Amidst cake, renditions of 'Happy Birthday,' and a retrospective of Day's illustrious career, a live auction was held to benefit the Doris Day Animal Foundation," reported Us Weekly.

The foundation raised $90,000 during the bash, according Us Weekly. The celebrity magazine noted that the Doris Day Animal Foundation raises funds for animal rescue organizations and assists animal clinics.

"I just loved it," Day said in a statement about her fans. "I am so very grateful to them all."

According to London's Daily Mail, tourists took pictures of Day outside of her Carmel home on Friday as well, photographing her talking on the phone from her balcony.

"The iconic actress was coaxed out of her home by a small group of tourists, who can be seen standing way down below in the golf course her house overlooks, calling out their well-wishes to the birthday girl," said the Daily Mail's story by Helen Hhao and Juliet Paylor.

"The star was dressed in a pale pink turtleneck top and lilac and white patterned pants, with a long silver necklace adding some interest to the ensemble. Her hair was styled in her signature bob, while she shielded her eyes with rather cool black shades, her golden complexion nicely made-up beneath, with a slick of rose-colored lipstick brightening her pout," the article continued.

Day was nominated for a best actress Academy Award for her role in the 1959 movie "Pillow Talk." She was given the Cecile B. DeMille Award at the 1989 Golden Globes. She recorded more than a dozen hit songs, including "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)." The Doris Day Show sitcom was broadcast on CBS from 1968 until 1973.

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