Doris Day Tribute and Estate Auction
Doris Day Animal Foundation Announces a Week-Long Tribute to the Life and Career of Doris Day
in Conjunction with Julien’s Auctions “Property from the Estate of Doris Day” Two-Day Auction Event
April 4 and 5 in Beverly Hills
Los Angeles, California (February 25, 2020) – Doris Day Animal Foundation, the charity founded by legendary performer and animal welfare advocate, Doris Day, has announced a week-long tribute to the world-renowned icon and quintessential “girl-next-door,” whose films, music and pioneering animal welfare efforts continue to inspire generations of fans all over the world. The celebrations of Day’s life and career will take place in Beverly Hills and Hollywood the week of March 30, culminating in the auction of “Property from the Estate of Doris Day” by Julien’s Auctions on April 4 and April 5, live at their Beverly Hills gallery and online at juliensauctions.com. The public is invited to preview the auction items, which will be on exhibit at Julien’s Auction gallery at 257 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday, March 30 through Sunday, April 5. “Doris was not only a legendary singer and actress, but a pioneering animal welfare advocate whose efforts helped improve the lives of animals and the people who love them all over the world,” said Bob Bashara, executor of Day’s estate, her business manager and CEO of the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). “It was her wish that all proceeds from her estate benefit DDAF, so her legacy would continue.”
Since Doris Day’s death on May 13, 2019, devoted fans across the globe have been asking for an official tribute to the beloved star. “Doris didn’t attend funerals and did not wish to have a memorial service,” said long-time friend and DDAF’s Director of Communications, Lea Price. “We knew that she wouldn’t want us to grieve, so the week leading up to the auction of property from Doris Day’s estate will be an uplifting celebration of her extraordinary life and career, while helping the cause closest to her heart—the ‘precious animals’.”
The fete kicks off at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, March 31 at the TCL Chinese Theatres with a screening of one of Doris Day’s most popular romantic comedies, “The Thrill of it All,” co-starring James Garner and directed by Academy Award winner Norman Jewison. *Jewison, Kym Karath (“Sound of Music”), and Brian Nash (who both played Day’s kids in the film) will participate in a Q&A, along with film critic Leonard Maltin. The panel will be moderated by singer/actor Scott Dreier, who will be performing his award-winning musical tribute show, “Doris and Me” later in the week. Also featured will be behind-the-scenes clips of Day in Hollywood and a display of select items from Julien’s Auctions “Property from the Estate of “Doris Day” in the multiplex lobby. Tickets are available at TCLChineseTheatres.com.
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Friday, April 3—what would have been Doris Day’s 98th birthday—will open with a proclamation ceremony of “Doris Day” Day, by Beverly Hills Mayor, John Mirisch, and the city council on the Crescent Drive steps and
Municipal Gallery of Beverly Hills City Hall at 11:00 am. Local animal rescue organization, the Amanda Foundation, will be on hand with dog adoptions and a doggie fashion show. *Celebrities expected to participate include Jamie Farr (“M*A*S*H,” “With Six You Get Eggroll”) and Jackie Joseph (“The Doris Day Show”). Other friends and co-stars of Day expected to attend include Leslie Farrell (“Move Over Darling”), Kym Karath (“The Thrill of it All,” “The Sound of Music”), Brian Nash (“The Thrill of it All”), Christopher Olsen (Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much”) and Les Brown, Jr. (“Music of Your Life”). “I’ve been a great fan of Doris Day’s since I saw her in ‘Romance on the High Seas’ and she sang ‘It’s Magic’…and it was—both on and off screen,” said co-star Jamie Farr. “I consider her the modern-day St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. I’m proud to be a part of this very fitting honor.” Added Day’s pal and co-star Jackie Joseph, “How appropriate to be in Beverly Hills… celebrating, not only the shining star but the bright spirit of Doris Day who careened from her home on her bike to partake of her neighborhood… and also began her lifelong advocation to save animals. It’s such an honor to participate in this ongoing appreciation of “The Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills.” The event is open to the public—no RSVP necessary.
Capping off “Doris Day” Day on Friday, April 3 will be a special performance of singer Scott Dreier’s award-winning “Doris and Me,” presented at The Montalban theatre in Hollywood at 7:30 pm, followed by a *celebrity Q&A with more of Day’s friends and co-stars, including Loni Anderson (“Doris Day’s Best Friends”), Philip Brown and Jackie Joseph (“The Doris Day Show”), Les Brown, Jr. (“Music of Your Life”), Billy Gray (“On Moonlight Bay,” “Father Knows Best”), Christopher Olsen (Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much”) and Marion Ross (“Teacher’s Pet,” “Happy Days”). “Doris and Me” is a critically-acclaimed musical tribute and celebration of the music, life and career of Doris Day, which Dreier has performed around the country, including New York’s 54 Below and at multiple Doris Day birthday celebrations in Carmel, California, helping to raise funds for DDAF. “I am so thrilled and grateful to be a part of this celebration of our exquisite Doris Day that not only celebrates the extraordinary human, artist, and friend that she was—but also benefits the animal foundation that she created and was so passionate about,” said Dreier. Tickets are available at themontalban.com. Enter code DORIS for $10 off.
Luxury tour provider, Tour du Jour, will be offering three-hour Doris Day-themed tours throughout the week, Sunday, March 29 through Thursday, April 2, for those who want to see where Day lived, worked and played. The personal tours are limited to twelve guests per vehicle and may be booked at dorisdaytour.eventstmart.com.
The celebrations culminate in an exclusive two-day auction event on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 when Julien’s Auctions present “Property from the Estate of Doris Day” live at their Beverly Hills gallery at 257 North Canon Drive and online at juliensauctions.com. The world-record breaking auction house will offer over 1,000 lots of Day’s costumes, furnishings, art, and memorabilia from her personal collection and iconic films, television shows and specials. Estate items include the formal white ensemble Day wore when she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Golden Globes in 1989, a brass embossed elephant jardinière gifted by Rock Hudson, a painting by artist and singer Tony Bennett, a red lacquer Young Chang upright piano gifted by her son, Terry Melcher, a classic 1930 Ford convertible used on “Doris Day’s Best Friends” TV show, and numerous awards, including Golden Globes and Gold Records. “Doris Day was a Hollywood giant as one of the screen’s legendary leading actresses, top box office stars and one of the greatest singers of the 20th century with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “On this special occasion of what would be Doris Day’s 98th birthday celebration, we are honored to announce that 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale will benefit her charity the Doris Day Animal Foundation, to which she devoted her life’s work as an animal rights activist.” For more information and to register, visit juliensauctions.com.
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About Doris Day
Born Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 3, 1922, Doris Day—the quintessential all-American girl—could do it all with an ease that belied the depth of her talent. When a car accident in her teen years shattered her leg and put an end to a promising dancing career, she turned to singing while recuperating. The result was several big band stints, most notably with Les Brown and his Band of Renown, and her first big hit in 1945, “Sentimental Journey”—an anthem for service men and women all over the world that still resonates today. More Top 10 hits followed, such as “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time,” “Again,” and “Everybody Loves a Lover.”
Hollywood soon came calling, and Day’s first audition won her the lead in 1948’s “Romance on the High Seas” opposite Jack Carson, which featured her Academy Award-nominated hit, “It’s Magic.” Thirty-eight more films followed and included everything from family musicals, such as “On Moonlight Bay” opposite Gordon MacRae and “Calamity Jane” with Howard Keel (featuring her Academy Award-winning song, “Secret Love”); dramas, such as “Love Me or Leave Me” opposite James Cagney; suspense thrillers, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” co-starring James Stewart (and featuring the Oscar®-winning “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”—the song most associated with Day and the philosophy she adopted in life); and romantic comedies, such as “Teacher’s Pet” with Clark Gable and “The Thrill of it All” opposite James Garner. Day’s perhaps most iconic film was “Pillow Talk,” which garnered her an Academy Award nomination and famously paired her with Rock Hudson, with whom she would make two more films, “Lover Come Back” and “Send Me No Flowers”—all three co-starring Tony Randall.
In just over 20 years, Day made over 600 song recordings, 30 albums and 39 films, while also starring in her own radio show and accompanying Bob hope on numerous trips to entertain the troops during the 40’s and 50’s. Among her numerous honors and awards are the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement, along with several Golden Globes and Laurel Awards from the Theatre Owners of America. She remains the top-ranked female box office star of all time.
In 1968 Day set her sights on television and starred in her hit CBS series, “The Doris Day Show” for five years, as well as two variety specials, “The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special” in 1971 and “Doris Day Today” in 1975. After moving to Carmel, CA in 1981, Day followed up with a 1985 lifestyle celebrity talk show that was filmed in the area and focused on animal welfare. She continued to enjoy life in Carmel, partnering in the ownership of the pet-friendly Cypress Inn, and making Carmel-by-the-Sea the “dog-friendly capital of the world.” She loved her devoted fans and happily responded to the enormous volume of fan mail that continued to pour in until her death on May 13, 2019 at the age of 97.
Doris Day’s passion to be a voice for the helpless animals went back to her childhood, but became famously known in 1956 when she refused to continue filming “The Man Who Knew Too Much” on location in Morocco until all of the emaciated animals on and around the set were well-fed and cared for, supervising the effort herself. Back home, Day was rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming homeless pets (affectionately known as “The Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills”) at a time when organized animal welfare was virtually non-existent and euthanasia in animal shelters ran rampant. In 1971 she became a founding member of Actors and Others for Animals, along with Richard and Diana
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Basehart, Jackie Joseph and others who wanted to use their celebrity status to draw vital media attention to the plight of the animals and influence needed change. Wanting to contribute even more to saving lives, Day founded her own Doris Day Pet Foundation in 1978, followed by the Doris Day Animal League (a citizen’s lobbying organization based in Washington, DC) in 1987. The Pet Foundation—today known as the Doris Day Animal Foundation—has evolved into a national grant-giving charity supporting other 501(c)3 animal welfare organizations and programs across the United States and beyond. Both organizations proudly continue to carry on Doris Day’s legacy and vision to make this a better world for the animals.
About the Doris Day Animal Foundation
The Doris Day Animal Foundation, dorisdayanimalfoundation.org, is a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded by legendary performer Doris Day in 1978, with a straightforward mission to help animals and the people who love them. As a grant-giving organization, DDAF funds other non-profit causes across the country that directly rescue, care for and protect animals. DDAF's ongoing project funding includes World Spay Day (founded by Doris Day and the Doris Day Animal League in 1995), Duffy Day Life Saving Program, Doris Day Equine Center, the Doris Day/Terry Melcher Scholarship at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, "Seniors for Seniors" programs and many more.
*Celebrity guests subject to availability
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