Doris Day’s 90th Birthday Party


Party guests cried (hey-it was their party and they could cry if they wanted to) and hugged each other when they realized that the guest of honor, actress/philanthropist Doris Day, had quietly walked into her own 90th birthday party the other weekend. Followers of the private actress know she doesn’t attend many ‘dos (she hasn’t made a public appearance in over 20 years), but she caused a sensation when she unexpectedly showed up for the dinner in her honor at Quail Lodge in the Carmel Valley. Why drop in after all these years? She wanted to thank her fans and supporters of her Doris Day Animal Foundation who had descended upon Carmel from all over the world (ages of partiers ranged from 11-80+) to sing “Happy Birthday” and “Que Sera Sera” to their fave actress. And thank them she did—literally—greeting every single happy human who arrived hoping for a glimpse of Day during her weekend long birthday celebration.

Besides the dinner in the actress/do-gooder’s honor at Quail Lodge (silent and live auctions included items donated and signed by Day, Dick Van Dyke, Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett), there was a doggie fashion show/adoption event at the actress’s Cypress Inn the next day. The pups walking the catwalk (dogwalk?) were from SPCA for Monterey County and Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (both grantees of DDAF) and at least four dogs were adopted. Day’s own pup, Daisy, showed up to the event taking snaps with fans. All proceeds from the weekend celebration benefited Day’s Doris Day Animal Foundation. Happy Birthday!

Photographs by Lea Price

Photograph of Doris Day by John Castro



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  • Sue De Fraine

    What an amazing lady, so wish I could have been there just love her films, and she does such great work with her foundation. Belated Happy Birthday Ms Day and here’s to many more, you look fantastic

  • George Pukanic

    The photos are just great. Doris Day has always been my favorite actress since I was a kid. I was so excited to be a part of the celebration and when she came into the Quail Lodge for her party, I was in state of euphoria. I never thought I would ever see her in person. And yet to meet her personally in the receiving line and speaking with her. Oh, I was in seventh heaven. How gracious of her to meet with us. There is a beautiful warmth and genuineness about her that shone through that evening and which is manifested by her animal foundation.

  • Lois Frye

    Doris Day…My favorite actress and lady. Yes, I’m a fan, have been for ever it seems. I’m 70 and truly enjoy all her movies and her singing is truly awesome! I’m originally from Hamilton, Ohio, where it just so happens that the lovely Doris Day received a broken leg. Caused by a train accident on High Street in Hamilton, Ohio. Seems she had to put her dancing career on hold for a bit, but, turns out she took singing lessons and became the wonderful singer, actress that we know and love today!!! Yes, this is my story and I’m sticking to it. If you find it to be inaccurate in any way, please enlighten me. Thanks. :) Lois