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EntertainmentA look back at Doris Day's husbands

05:05  14 may  2019
05:05  14 may  2019 Source:   aww.com.au

Reactions to the death of Doris Day

Reactions to the death of Doris Day Tributes to Doris Day, who died Monday at age 97 . "Oh Ms. Day, A Cincinnati girl just like me. How many letters I drafted to you and didn't send. I could never get it right but they all said the same thing, I love you. Millions did and do. Godspeed. RIP" — Sarah Jessica Parker, via Instagram. "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.

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal-welfare activist. She began her career as a big-band singer in 1939

Day ’ s foundation told the Associated Press that Doris Day “had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a Doris Day was a well-known lover of animals. Some of her husbands felt they played second fiddle to them. Barry Comden’ s obituary in SFGate describes him

A look back at Doris Day's husbands© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd As Doris Day sadly dies from pneumonia aged 97, we take a look back at her turbulent personal life including her rocking marriages to her four husbands.

Blonde bombshell Doris Day made her fame and fortune embodying a wholesome persona in 1950s and '60s Hollywood.

But away from the silver screen, Doris led a more colourful and at times, turbulent, personal life – one that included four rocky marriages.

Following the iconic star's death from pneumonia on Monday, aged 97, we take a look back at some of the men Doris shared her life with.

Al Jorden

At just 16, Doris met trombonist Al Jorden. Although Doris initially branded him a "creep" and her mother strongly disapproved of Al, the Calamity Jane star eventually fell for the moody musician and they tied the knot in 1941.

Doris Day's grandson says her manager blocked him from seeing her

Doris Day's grandson says her manager blocked him from seeing her Doris Day's grandson spoke out after the Hollywood icon's death, alleging that her longtime manager barred her from seeing him. In a lengthy, heart-wrenching Facebook post, Ryan Melcher — Day's grandson from her only son, Terry Melcher — revealed he wasn't in contact with Day for years due to her manager Bob Bashara's alleged interference.

Doris Day poses with her husband and agent Martin Melcher at their hotel after arriving in London in April 1955. Doris Day , poses with Tony Curtis, right, and Buddy Adler at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association' s annual awards dinner in the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles.

The American star' s foundation confirmed that the screen icon has died after a showbiz career of more than 80 years.

It wasn't long into the marriage that Al's abusive behaviour emerged. He regularly beat her – once because he was jealous she gave his band member a kiss on the cheek and another time he flew into a rage because she appeared in a swimsuit on the cover of a magazine.

In his most shocking act, Al beat Doris severely when she fell pregnant with their child and refused to have an abortion. He was hoping he would induce a miscarriage.

The beatings continued throughout her pregnancy as well as after their son Terry was born and Al and Doris divorced in 1943.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Doris Day: From Rejecting Her 'America's Virgin' Image to Not Knowing Her Age Here's five things you might not have known about the late Hollywood star. She didn't know her correct age until 2017: Day thought she would be turning 93 in 2017, but the Associated Press obtained a copy of the actress' birth certificate from Ohio's Office of Vital Statistics, which confirmed that Day was born on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, making her actually 95. © Bettmann / Getty Images Bettmann / Getty Images "I've always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays," Day said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Day , who was born in Cincinnati and resided in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, at the time of her passing, had been retired since 1973. Below, a look at a few of the rare images of the Pillow Talk star. Doris at home with third husband Martin Melcher and her son Terry (splashing behind them)

DORIS DAY has died aged 97, her foundation has announced. Express.co.uk looks back at her life - and the four husbands she left behind. Doris Day was a well known singer, actress and animal rights activist. The Hollywood icon wasbest known for her work in the late 50 s and 60 s , appearing in

A look back at Doris Day's husbands© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Doris pictured with her son Terry, whose father was Al Jorden, in 1988. (Image: Getty Images) George Weidler

Doris didn't marry again until 1946, when she wed saxophonist George Weidler.

They raised eyebrows before they became husband and wife sharing hotel rooms in days when such behaviour was considered scandalous.

A look back at Doris Day's husbands© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Doris Day pictured in 1946. (Image: Getty Images) Unlike Al, George wasn't violent but he reportedly resented being a stepfather to Doris' son and had a wandering eye.

He cheated on her during their short-lived marriage and apparently couldn't handle how big of a star she had become and the couple divorced in 1949.

A look back at Doris Day's husbands© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Doris married Marty Melcher (pictured) in 1951 but discovered when he died in 1968 that he had been secretly embezzling money from her for years. (Image: Getty Images) Marty Melcher

In 1951, a 29-year-old Doris married her third husband Marty Melcher.

Doris Day didn't want to accept death

Doris Day didn't want to accept death Doris Day struggled to think about the fact she'd eventually pass away because she didn't want to leave her animals.

In 1940, Doris Day was at the start of her promising career. A talented singer, she had just signed on to perform with Barney Rapps’ band, which performed regularly in Cincinnati where she lived with her mother, Alma. Terry would take the surname of Day ’ s third husband Martin Melcher.

In honor of Doris Day ’ s 90th birthday, we’re looking back at Parade‘ s rare interview with the actress and singer in 2011. Day was married four times. After her third husband , Marty Melcher (also her manager), died in 1968, she learned she was in financial straits and went ahead with a TV series

Despite the marriage lasting until his death in 1968, Marty didn't treat her well either.

Marty pushed her into taking roles that would earn her big money, but then secretly embezzled funds from her bank account, leaving her broke when he died and she discovered his actions.

Her $20million fortune had gone, replaced with a $450,000 debt, which she owed mostly for taxes

He also beat her son Terry, causing a rift that led to the couple living separate lives despite living in the same house for much of their later years together.

A look back at Doris Day's husbands© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Doris' final husband Barry Comden (pictured) complained she liked her dogs more than him. (Image: Getty Images) Barry Comden

Doris' last husband was Barry Comden, who she married in 1976 at the age of 52, with Barry 12 years her junior.

They stayed together for five years before calling it off after "drifting apart" and "being incompatible".

One source of contention was said to be Doris' affection of her pets, with Barry complaining that she liked the company of her dogs more than him,

"She had 14 dogs, and the final straw was when I was kicked out of bed to make way for Tiger, a poodle," he told the London Sunday Mail in 1996.

Pictures: Doris Day passes away at age 97

A look back at Doris Day's husbands

Doris Day, Legendary Actress, Dies at 97.
Doris Day, one of Hollywood’s most popular stars of the 1950s and ’60s who was Oscar-nommed for “Pillow Talk” and starred in her own TV show, has died. She was 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the legendary actress-singer died on Monday at her Carmel Valley, Calif. home. Though she was marketed as a wholesome girl-next-door type, the comedies for which she was most well-known were actually sexy and daring for their time, and her personal life was tumultuous, with four marriages and a notorious lawsuit.

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