About this Famous Person
American actress and singer, and continuing animal welfare activist
Source : Tim DOWLING
Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff was born on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, the daughter of Alma Sophia (née Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. All of her grandparents were German immigrants. For most of her life, Day reportedly believed she had been born in 1924 and reported her age accordingly; it was not until her 95th birthday, when her birth certificate showing a date of birth in 1922 was found by the Associated Press, that this was corrected.
The youngest of three siblings, she had two older brothers: Richard (who died before her birth) and Paul, several years older. Due to her father's alleged infidelity, her parents separated. She developed an early interest in dance, and in the mid-1930s formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty that performed locally in Cincinnati. A car accident on October 13, 1937, injured her legs and curtailed her prospects as a professional dancer.