Doris Day once revealed why she retired from acting, left behind Hollywood: It really started to change – Fox News

Doris Day once revealed why she retired from acting, left behind Hollywood: It really started to change - Fox News

Why Doris Day Will Have No Funeral, No Memorial and No Marker: She Didnt Like Death

Doris Day, the perennial girl-next-door whose career as a singer and actress spanned almost 50 years and made her one of the biggest box Hollywood stars and most popular entertainers in the United States has died.

Doris Day, one of the most famous stars to come out of Hollywood, left it all behind in 1973 — and she never looked back.

The perennial girl-next-door whose career as a singer and actress spanned almost 50 years and made her one of the most popular entertainers in the United States passed away early Monday at 97.

The legendary Hollywood actress, who passed away at the age of 97 on Monday, “had difficulty accepting death” and, thus, there will be “no funeral, no memorial and no [grave] marker” for her, longtime manager Bob Bashara told People.

But what prompted America’s sweetheart to ditch the spotlight in her early 50s? Day herself once gave an explanation in a 2011 interview with People magazine.

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“I really loved being there, but then I started to notice that it was changing,” Day recalled about Hollywood. “It really started to change, and, oh, people were moving away because strangers from foreign countries were all over on the street and tearing the beautiful houses down and putting up boxes. I really wasn’t happy about that at all. Wasn’t the town I knew.”

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At the time, Day admitted that she hadn’t “thought much about” a Hollywood comeback. However, she didn’t completely rule out the possibility.

“But I wonder if I would, you never know,” she said. “You never know about me, and I never know about me! If I hadn’t stayed in LA, I might play a grandmother in a movie, who knows.”

Day, an avid animal lover, reportedly didn’t like to talk about funeral arrangements. “She didn’t like death, and she couldn’t be with her animals if they had to be put down," Bashara told People. "She had difficulty accepting death.”

In this Jan. 6, 1976 file photo, actress and singer Doris Day answers questions in New York, during an interview on the book "Doris Day: Her Own Story," written by A.E. Hotchner. The star spent her final years dedicating her life to animals in need. (AP)

Despite her seemingly perpetually sunny and smiling exterior, Day's life took a number of tragic turns, including the death of her only child, three divorces and the death of another husband who turned out to have squandered her earnings, leaving her deeply in debt.

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According to the outlet, Day instead chose to focus on her love of animals and became a tireless activist, ultimately leading her to establish the Doris Day Animal Foundation in 1978.

As celebrities and fans across the country take time to mourn her loss, A statement from the foundation reveals that Day made it clear that she did not want a lot of time spent on memorializing her death.

And when Day was asked what life has taught her over the years, she shared, “To live it to the fullest, your best.”

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“Live it, and have fun, enjoy each day,” she continued. “You know, it’s not coming back again and enjoy each day. I’m looking out and the sun is shining and it’s so pretty in the garden, what’s not to love?”

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Back in 2017, Day’s business manager and close friend Bob Bashara told Fox News that Day stayed busy pursuing her lifelong passion.

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“When she left Los Angeles, she moved to Carmel. The main reason was she wanted to focus on animal rescue,” Bashara told Fox News. “She was already rescuing animals in Beverly Hills.

Day was married four times, first to Al Jorden, with whom she had her first and only child, son Terry Melcher. Melcher died in 2004. The performer was also married to George Weidler, Martin Melcher and most recently, Barry Comden. Following Martin Melchers death, she discovered her earnings had been spent and was left in debt. As a result, Day filed a lawsuit against their lawyer that was ultimately successful. 

"They called her the Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills because she’d be on her bike riding around Beverly Hills and if she saw a stray, she would try to find it a home. And if she couldn’t, she’d take it home and get it rehabilitated. But she would keep it herself a lot of times. But she really couldn’t do what she wanted to do concerning animal welfare in Beverly Hills.”

Her talents garnered her an Oscar nomination and multiple Golden Globe awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1989. In 2009, she was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and three of her songs earned Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, including “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” in 2012. In 2004, former President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Bashara claimed those who knew Day best wouldn’t be surprised by her decision. In fact, Day’s determination to rescue animals started long before she found fame.

In 1978, the star and longtime animal lover founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation. As a fundraiser for the foundation, fans would gather annually in Carmel Valley to celebrate Days birthday. The star, who gave a rare interview to The Hollywood Reporter last month, could still feel the impact of her career all these decades later. 

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“She found a piece of property in Carmel Valley and she found a home there that she renovated and restructured to a facility where she could house animals,” said Bashara at the time. “She was out picking up animals, people were leaving them at the door. If an animal needed to be adopted, she would go to the homes first and made sure it was a good environment for the animal before she would let the people have it.”

Day was well known for playing innocent, chaste characters, causing some critics to dub her “the Worlds Oldest Virgin.” The actress addressed this in her 1976 book, Doris Day: Her Own Story, in which she discussed her three failed marriages: her first marriage to trombonist Al Jorden, with whom she had a son, Terry, her second marriage to saxophonist George William Weidler and her third marriage to Martin Melcher, who became her manager. After Melcher died of heart disease in 1968, Day discovered that his failed investments left her deeply in debt. She eventually won a multimillion-dollar judgment against their lawyer.

After the star launched the Doris Day Pet Foundation, she then formed the non-profit organization Doris Day Animal League to tackle animal overpopulation. Bashara said it’s still in operation today and has merged with the Humane Society of the United States.

Days age has long been speculated, with various news outlets often estimating her age. “We get this question a lot, looks like we finally have the answer,” the actress spokesperson, Charley Cullen Walters, told THR. “The story I have heard the most is that at one point Doris was up for a role when quite young and her age may have been miswritten on the audition form. We dont know if thats correct, but if so it couldve simply stuck for all these years.”

“She lives in California on the same property,” he said. “She can’t really go out and rescue animals. But people still leave them on the doorsteps. Or if a feral cat wanders on the property, she’s bound to take it in and care for it. Someone even left an animal outside her gate in a box because they knew she would care for it. She still looks for organizations that her foundation can give money to and rescue animals.”

“It was awful,” Day told OK! Magazine in 1996. “I was really, really not very well when Marty passed away, and the thought of going into TV was overpowering. But hed signed me up for a series. And then my son Terry took me walking in Beverly Hills and explained that it wasnt nearly the end of it. I had also been signed up for a bunch of TV specials, all without anyone ever asking me.”

In this Feb. 26, 1958 file photo, actress Doris Day, center, Tony Curtis, right, and Buddy Adler pose with their awards presented to them by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at its annual awards dinner in the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles. — AP

While Day is known for her cinematic and singing achievements, including Alfred Hitchcocks 1956 film, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and for the major box office success of her romantic comedies with the late Rock Hudson — 1959s Pillow Talk, 1961s Lover Come Back and 1964s Send Me No Flowers — here are five things you might not have known about the late Hollywood star.

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Over the years, Day was asked to come out of retirement and scripts came her way. And while she was not interested in returning to the spotlight, Day didn’t completely give up on her love for music.

Paul remembers Doris Day: 'So sad to hear of Doris Day passing away. She was a true star in more ways than one. I had the privilege of hanging out with her on a few occasions. Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style. She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with. Her films like 'Calamity Jane', 'Move Over, Darling' and many others were all incredible and her acting and singing always hit the mark. I will miss her but will always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh as well as the many great songs and movies she gave us. God bless Doris. #DorisDay #PaulMcCartney

“She loves singing,” Bashara said at the time. “She sings around the house a lot and her voice is terrific. We keep telling her she could record again if she wanted to. But she’ll say, ‘Oh, I’m rusty.”

But despite her lasting success, Day was perfectly content focusing on rescuing animals and had zero plans to slow down.

“She’s said this before… she never really wanted to be a movie star,” said Bashara. “She wanted to get married, have a family… She loves living the simple life. I don’t think she was ever really interested in the celebrity side of it. She wanted to work with animals and she wanted to do that in a more private setting.”

Sorry to hear of Doris Day's passing. We got to know Doris when Mom worked with her. They talked frequently until Mom's passing. We all shared our love for animals. Im happy & proud to say I knew her & loved seeing her close friendship with my mother. They truly loved each other pic.twitter.com/EjhNsPxfRw

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