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Doris Day Turns 90 and Is Still Offered Lots of Scripts, Projects

Friday, 04 Apr 2014 09:41 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Doris Day turned 90 Thursday, but that hasn't stopped entertainment industry leaders from asking her to get back into the business.

Day retired from film and television in 1973 and lives in Carmel, Calif. but the inquiries are still pouring in.

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"Would you believe I'm still offered scripts and projects all the time?" Day told Closer Weekly. "Every once in a while I think about working again, but they don't make the kind of movies I made anymore. It's a different world."

The Oscar-nominated actress began her film career in the 1950s and hosted the comedy series the "Doris Day Show" from 1968 to 1973.

The star has focused for years on the Doris Day Animal Foundation, which funds nonprofit organizations that care for and protect animals. 

"I love life. I have my pets around me and good friends," Day told People magazine in a 2011 interview. I'm young at heart and I love to laugh. There's nothing better." 

Day was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Ohio and changed her name to "Doris Day" as a teenager when she began singing on the radio. In the beginning of her career, she sang for big bands like Barney Rapp and Bob Crosby. Her first big break came after she joined Les Brown's Band with the hit "Sentimental Journey."

Day told Closer Weekly that she is surprised that people still remember her.

"My days are busy responding to the huge volume of mail I receive," Day said. "I'm still floored by all the beautiful, heartwarming letters from people all over the world, telling me that my work somehow touched their lives."

Day said she is in good health but still "[has] my little aches and pains now and then, like everyone."

"I love to be outside, walking along the beach or working in my garden," Day said. "Those things are all quite enjoyable for me. I have everything I could ever want right here in Carmel."

Known for her roles in "Calamity Jane" in 1953 and "The Pajama Game" in 1957, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her 1959 performance in "Pillow Talk."

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