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Doris Day at 97

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Doris Day at 97
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Doris Day on turning 97

The Hollywood legend is set to celebrate her birthday on April 3, and it has been revealed that she will spend her 97th birthday indulging in her favourite sweet treat, Edy's slow-churned chocolate fudge ice cream.

Her manager, Bob Bashara told People magazine: "Doris will be spending a quiet birthday at home again this year surrounded by a few close friends.

"She always gets lots of phone calls wishing her happy birthday. And, in the evening, she'll enjoy a special birthday dinner followed by cake and ice cream."

Her birthday plans come after she discovered in 2017 that she was actually two years older than she had previously thought, when a copy of her birth certificate, revealed the actress was actually born in 1922, and not 1924 as she'd once believed. The documentation showed that the actress was given her pre-fame name of Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on 3 April 1922 by her parents Alma and William Kappelhoff of Cincinnati.

In a statement at the time, she said: "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."

Doris Day reflects on her life

The iconic Hollywood star has revealed all about her life since retiring from Hollywood in 1973 and her inspirational work with animals in need in an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly. 

The Calamity Jane Star is still loving life at the age of 96 and is grateful for all that she has. “I’ve been blessed with good health, wonderful pals, lovely fans and so many precious four-leggers. What more could I ask for?”.

“I loved my singing and acting career, but my greatest accomplishment is the important work I do for my two charities," she added.

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Doris still replies to all of her fan mail from all over the world and it clearly means a lot to her. “I don’t understand it, but I love it and I’m very grateful for it,” she admitted. “It means more to me than I can say, and I love them all… It’s been a wonderful life, and I’m not finished yet. I think the best is yet to come! I’m so proud of the strides we’ve made — and continue to make — in the animal welfare community.”

Doris stays active with her Doris Day Animal Foundation, which offers scholarships to veterinary students. She makes sure to review applications submitted by hopefuls throughout the year. She's also kept active by her house full of pets!

“My household is full of dogs and cats,” she revealed.

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The screen star also spoke about her very sad past and painful loss of her only son, Terry Melcher who died of cancer in 2004 at the age of 62. 

“My son was the love of my life,” she said. “We talked every day, and I miss him very much. [But] we can’t change the past. I think you have to get through the bad times to appreciate the good things in life.

"I’ve had my share of both and I always say, ‘I’m like one of those dolls with the round bottom: If life deals you a blow, you just have to bounce right back!'"

Day told Fox News she has never forgotten those who’ve believed in her. She still cherishes her memories working with “Dick Van Dyke Show” star Rose Marie, who sadly passed away in December last year at age 94.

“Ro and I hit it off from the first time we met nearly 50 years ago and have been friends ever since,” Day wrote to Fox News exclusively. “We spent countless hours on the set of my TV show talking and laughing. I loved working with her, but you couldn’t call it work because we had so much fun. We’ve stayed in touch all these years with regular phone calls, especially on birthdays and holidays.”

Both Doris and Rose found comfort in each other after being faced with personal tragedies while appearing on “The Doris Day Show.” Rose Marie worked alongside Day in the sitcom from 1968 until 1971.

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The Pillow Talk actress has always chosen to stay out of the limelight and is a decision she doesn't second-guess. "I have no regrets," Doris tells Closer of her bold decision to choose animals over acting so many years ago. "I've always believed things work out exactly as they're supposed to."