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