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Doris Day Finds Out Her Real Age

| by David Bonner

April 3, 2017, was actress Doris Day's 95th birthday, which means she is two years older than she thought she was.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of Day's birth certificate from Ohio's Office of Vital Statistics, proving she was born in 1922.

"I've always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays, but it's great to finally know how old I really am!" Day said in a statement on April 2.

"There has long been speculation and rumors about Doris' age and we get this question a lot, looks like we finally have the answer," said Day's spokesman, Charley Cullen Walters. "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 don't know if that's correct, but if so it could've simply stuck for all these years."

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Born Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she gained fame as a singer before becoming a movie star.

As her official website explains: "At age 15, Doris began performing locally and while working with local bandleader Barney Rapp, she adopted the stage name "Day" after Rapp suggested 'Kappelhoff' was too long and cumbersome for marquee appeal. After leaving Rapp, Doris worked with a number of other band leaders including Bob Crosby, and was eventually hired by Les Brown."

Her first big hit was "Sentimental Journey" in 1945, one of the most popular songs of the decade.

Her movie career began with "Romance on the High Seas" in 1948, and included such notable musicals as "Tea for Two," "Lullaby of Broadway," "On Moonlight Bay," "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" and "Calamity Jane."

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In addition to acting in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much," the film also included her song "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)," which became a huge hit and is widely considered to be her signature number. 

Among her best-loved movies are the romantic comedies she made with Rock Hudson, most notably "Pillow Talk," which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. She has not made a movie since "With Six You Get Egg-Roll" in 1968.

In 2008 she received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. "I am deeply grateful to the president and to my country," she said upon accepting that award. "To come from Cincinnati, Ohio, for God's sake, then to go to Hollywood, and to get this kind of tribute from my country ... I love this country so much."  

Sources: AP via Fox News, DorisDay.com / Photo credit: DorisMaryAnnVonKappelhoff/Flickr

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