Doris Day Makes An Appearance

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Movie legend Doris Day who rarely makes public appearances, amazed fans at an event to mark her 90th birthday on April 4, when she joined the festivities.

This is her first public appearance in over two long decades and she did not even plan to attend the annual Doris Day Animal Foundation benefit gala. She managed to surprise everybody with her entrance and even left some in tears.

The gala was held a day after her birthday at the Cypress Inn, in her adopted Carmel, California, on April 4. The party was as usual, organized to raise funds and also awareness for the actress’ animal charity. However, she never shows up.

She was obviously thrilled when talking to People.com,

“I couldn’t believe it. People kept coming up to me all night, kissing and hugging me. It’s all so exciting and sweet. I’ll never ever forget it.”

Day’s interest in animal welfare and related issues dates to her teen years. While recovering from an auto accident, she took her dog Tiny for a walk without a leash and Tiny ran into the street and was killed by a car.

Day later confessed guilt and loneliness about Tiny’s premature death. In 1971, she co-founded Actors and Others for Animals, and appeared in a series of newspaper advertisements attacking the wearing of fur, alongside Mary Tyler Moore, Angie Dickinson, and Jayne Meadows.

In 1978, Day founded her own Doris Day Pet Foundation, now the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). DDAF funds other non-profit causes throughout the US that share DDAF’s mission of helping animals and the people who love them. The DDAF still operates independently under Day’s personal supervision.

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