Carmel-By-The-Sea was recently bursting with Doris Day fans for the actress/singer/animal do-gooder’s 92 birthday. Piles of money were raised for the Doris Day Animal Foundation in what has become an annual three day Doris-palooza. At a mini auction Friday night, during a Q&A and VIP reception, Day’s pal Jackie Joseph offered up her personal copy of TV Guide (circa 1972 when The Doris Day Show was on the air) signed by herself, Day, and Bernie Kopell. It fetched an easy $650.
The following evening, fans packed the house for Scott Dreier’s Doris Day musical tribute, “Doris and Me.” During intermission, several items hit the auction block for fans including a Stella McCartney handbag and sunglasses. McCartney, who doesn’t use any leather or fur in her designs, has often said that Day’s films influenced her as a designer. The black studded Falabella cross body bag and oversized cat-eye sunglasses went for $2,000.
On Sunday, the group that gathered on the golf course underneath Day’s Carmel Valley home (she makes an annual appearance on her deck to wave and chat with fans below via phone) also grew in size. The actress got emotional while chatting with those gathered, like former co-star Brian Nash (he played her son in The Thrill Of It All) and others who had traveled to see her from all over the globe. You can still send a message and sign Doris Day’s birthday card (until the end of the month) or donate to DDAF and pick up the new DVD “Celebrating Doris.” The star’s 92 birthday photo, when posted, quickly started trending on social media. It’s a new Day, Kim Kardashian!