Doris Day Net Worth, Personal Life and Career

admin January 4, 2020
Updated 2020/01/04 at 12:08 PM
Doris Day Net Worth
Doris Day Net Worth

Have you been in search of Doris Day net worth? If yes, then your search ends here! This article is about the popular Doris Day, her life, net worth, career, and many more interesting facts about the artist.

Doris Day is an American actress, artist, and singer who is popularly known for the amazing musical talent that has brought her this far. She started her music career singing with several big bands in 1939 and before embarking on a solo career in 1947.

Early Life, Parents, and Background

Doris Day was born on the 3rd of April,1922 to Alma Sophia and Joseph William in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her mother was a home-builder, and her dad was a professor of music and a conductor. Her maternal and paternal grandparents were German.

Her paternal grandfather, Franz Joseph Wilhelm Kappelhoff, immigrated to the United States in 1875 and settled in Cincinnati which had a large German community along with its churches, German-language newspapers, and clubs.

She was the youngest of three siblings and had two elder brothers, Richard and Paul. Richard died before her birth and Paul was two to three years older.

Doris developed an early interest in dance and formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty that performed locally in Cincinnati. However, she had a car accident in 1937 and injured her right leg. This curtailed her prospects as a professional dancer.

Doris Day Career

She discovered her singing talent while singing along with the radio during her recovery from the accident. Her mother enrolled Doris in singing lessons after observing her sing. Her teacher, Grace Raine was so impressed after three lessons and told her mother that Doris had tremendous potential.

Doris had her first professional job as a vocalist on a radio program, while still taking singing lessons. There, she caught the attention of Barney Rapp who was on the lookout for a female vocalist for his band.

She changed her last name to Day from Kappelhoff at Barney’s suggestion who felt that the former name was too long. Day besides working for Barney also worked with band leaders such as Jimmy James, Bob Crosby, and Les Brown.

While working with Brown, Day dropped her hit single Sentimental Journey in 1945. Dorris Day went solo in 1947 and achieved great success as a recording artist. From 1947 to 1967 Doris Day had over 650 recordings and released 31 albums.

Movie Career

The day had her film debut in Romance on the High Seas (1948). She was cast for the role by director Michael Curtiz after auditioning. She was shocked at the offer and admitted to Curtiz not having any acting experience.

He liked her honestly but emphasized that he wanted someone who looked like the “All- American Girl”. Curtiz was most proud of Day’s discovery during his career. The movie gave Day a No 2 hit “It’s Magic” as a solo artist and she continued to make frequent musicals.

Her musicals included Calamity Jane (1953), Young at Heart (1954), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), The Pajama Game (1957), and others.

Day’s most commercially successful movie was ” I’ll See You In My Dreams” (1951) which smashed box office records of 20 years. The film is a musical biography of lyricist Gus Kahn and was her fourth directed by Curtiz.

Her personal image, that of a smart and healthy woman of unfailing optimism and unassuming strength of character was the model American woman of the fifties. Ever since the talented actress started in the movie industry, she has acted in over 20 films and short movies.

Doris Day Films

  • Pillow talk
  • Calamity Jane
  • The man who Knew too much
  • More Over, Darling
  • Lover come back
  • Send me no flowers
  • That touch of mink
  • Midnight lace
  • The Thrill of it all
  • The Glass-bottom Boat
  • By the light of the Silvery moon
  • Romance on the high seas
  • On moonlight bay
  • The pajama game
  • Please Don’t eat the daisies
  • Love me or leave me
  • The ballad of Josie
  • With Six you get egg-roll
  • Young man with a horn
  • It happened to Jane
  • Tea for two
  • Young at heart
  • Lucky me
  • Teacher’s Pet
  • April in Paris
  • Billy Rose’s Jumbo
  • My Dream is yours
  • Do not disturb
  • Doris Day Today
  • It’s a Great  feeling

Personal Life

Day lived at Carmel-by – the-Sea, California, following her exit from films. She had plenty of dogs and took street animals. She was a Republican for life. Her only child was Terry Melcher, a music producer, and songwriter. He died in November 2004 of melanoma.

Doris Day Marriages

Dorris has been unlucky in marriages as she has been married four times. She was married to a trombonist Al Jorden, in Barney Rapp’s gang, from March 1941 to February 1943. He later took his life. Her second marriage was to the saxophone player and the actress’s brother Virginia Weidler from 30 March 1946 to 31 May 1949.

American filmmaker Martin Melcher married Dorris on the 3rd of April, 1951 on his 29th birthday. Many of Day’s movies were made by Martin Melcher. They were both Christian scientists, so for some time she didn’t see a doctor for signs suggesting cancer. The fourth union took place between 14 April 1976 and 2 April 1982 to Barry Comden (1935–2009).


After having contracted pneumonia, Day died on 13 May 2019, at the age of 97. Her own foundation, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, announced her death. At the request of Day, the Foundation announced no funeral, tomb or other public monuments would be available.

Doris Day Net Worth in 2021

At the time of her death, Doris Day Net Worth was estimated at about $200 million. Doris Day was able to rise from near bankruptcy in 1968 at the time of her then-husband, Martin Melcher’s death. She discovered that about $20 million of her money had been squandered by Melcher and his business partner, leaving her in debt of about $500,000.

With the help of her son, Terry Melcher, who was a wealthy and successful music executive at that time, she was able to gradually bounce back. Terry came in and secured her assets and estate from financial ruin.

Doris, in addition, agreed to star in a sitcom “The Doris Day Show” which had a very successful five-year run.

Together, Terry and Doris were able to retain a very valuable real estate portfolio that included valuable hotels, and houses in Malibu, and Beverly Hills.

She also got a $27 million judgment against her former business managers even though it took ten years. In addition, Doris also received some cash from some insurance companies, which though nowhere near her losses provided some respite.

Doris Day net worth was accumulated from her music sales, acting fees, real estate, and business portfolios.

Interesting facts about Doris Day

Dorris Day became one of the most famous movie stars during the early 1960s, and by 2012, one of the eight artists who had four times been a top box-office hit in the United States. She released her 29th album My Heart in 2011.

The Society of Singers has awarded her the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and Legend Award. She was nominated in 1960 for the Best Actress Academy Award and in 1989 was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. She received the Presidential Medal of Liberty in 2004, followed by the Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association in 2011.

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