Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of actress, singer and animal activist Doris Day with a 24-hour, 13-film tribute June 9.
Day, who passed away May 13 at the age of 97, started her career as a singer. Her first hit was 1945’s “Sentimental Journey,” which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2008, the Recording Academy honored her with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her “outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”
She went on to become one of the biggest film stars of the 1950’s and 60’s, starring in 39 movies and earning an Academy Award nomination for Pillow Talk (1959) with Rock Hudson. Day had a lifelong love of pets and founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation in 1978.
Day’s movies are also available DVD, including “TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Doris Day,” and “Doris Day: The Essential Collection,” both from Warner Home Video. And “The Doris Day Show: The Complete Series,” from MPI Video.
TCM Remembers Doris Day schedule – June 9
6:00 a.m. Romance on the High Seas (1948)- A singer on a Caribbean cruise gets mixed up in a series of romantic problems.
8:00 a.m. My Dream is Yours (1949) – A talent scout turns a young unknown into a radio singing star.
10:00 a.m. Tea for Two (1950) – An heiress has to say no to every question for 24 hours if she wants to star on Broadway.
11:45 a.m. On Moonlight Bay (1951)– A small-town tomboy falls for the boy-next-door in the years before World War I.
1:30 p.m. Carson on TCM: Doris Day (1976)– Doris Day joined Johnny to discuss why she decided to set the record straight about her life and write her autobiography. She shot down her screen image as a virgin (which she found boring), revealed why she never wanted to be an actress, and why she thought that couples should live together before marriage.
1:45 p.m. Love Me or Leave Me (1955)– True story of torch singer Ruth Etting’s struggle to escape the gangster who made her a star.
4:00 p.m. Calamity Jane (1953)– The Wild West heroine helps bring a star attraction to Deadwood and finds love.
6:00 p.m. Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960) – A drama critic and his family try to adjust to life in the country.
8:00 p.m. Pillow Talk (1959) – A man and woman carry their feud over the telephone line they share into their real lives.
10:00 p.m. Lover Come Back (1961) – An ad exec in disguise courts his pretty female competitor.
12:00 a.m. Move Over Darling (1963) – Five years after a woman disappeared in the sea after a plane crash, her husband remarries and sets off to be with the new wife only to be confronted by the woman he had pronounced legally dead.
2:00 a.m. The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) – A woman writing a scientist’s biography is mistaken for a spy.
4:00 a.m. Julie (1956)– A stewardess is stalked by her psychotic estranged husband.