Doris Day has been retired from Hollywood for close to 40 years, but that hasn’t stopped an endless stream of producer from trying to woo her back on screen.
On her 90th birthday, Day has been reflecting back on a career that spans decades and said she is quite content with the life she’s made.
“It was a great trip. I’ve had an amazing life and wonderful times. And I’m happy!” she said in a rare interview with Closer Weekly.
Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, the actress and singer got her start in show business as a teenager when she took stints singing on the radio. She quickly moved up to appearances with the Big Bands of Barney Rapp and Bob Crosby, and joined Les Brown’s Band for her first hit with “Sentimental Journey.”
In the late 1940s, Doris Day was tapped by Warner Bros. as the studio looked to take on rival MGM’s success with romantic musicals. Day later moved on to roles with other studios, including starring in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much, which also included her Oscar-winning song, “Que Sera Sera.”
For her 90th birthday on Thursday, Doris Day appears on the cover of Closer in a vintage glamour shot, wearing a baby blue turtleneck to go along with a bob hairdo.
Day also took the 90th birthday as a chance to reflect on her life, saying she accomplished all she wanted.
“All I ever wanted in my life was to get married, have kids, keep house and cook, and even though I did all these things, I still ended up in Hollywood.”
She retired in 1973 after starring in 39 films, but remained active in social causes, advocating for workers rights and animal causes. She later founded Doris Day Animal League and later the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
Though she’s done with acting, Day said producers still try to woo her back from time to time.
“Would you believe I’m still offered scripts and projects all the time?” Doris said. “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.”
Hollywood would likely make any kind of movie Doris Day wants if she would just change her mind about retirement.