Doris Day is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. Day began her
career as a big band singer in 1939. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit
recording, "Sentimental Journey", in 1945. After leaving Les Brown & His Band of
Renown to try a solo career, she started her long-lasting partnership with Columbia
Records, which would remain her only recording label. The contract lasted from 1947
to 1967, and included more than 650 recordings, making Day one of the most popular
and acclaimed singers of the 20th century.

Over the course of her career, Day appeared in 39 films. She was ranked the biggest
box office star for four years (1960; 1962–1964) and ranked in the top 10 for ten years
(1951–1952; 1959–1966).