In the Words of Doris Day
Most of us of a…ahem…certain age… are familiar with the actress Doris Day. An extremely talented and popular actress, singer and cultural icon for many years, her career hit its peak in the 50’s and 60’s.
In fact, she was ranked the biggest box-office star for four years (1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964), ranking in the top 10 between 1951–52 and 1959–66, and the top-ranking female box-office star of all time, currently ranked sixth among the top 10 box office performers (male and female), as of 2012.
But few know her other life’s work: that of animal welfare activist.
In fact, back in 1971, she co-founded Actors and Others for Animals, and appeared in a series of newspaper advertisements denouncing the wearing of fur, alongside Mary Tyler Moore, Angie Dickinson and Jayne Meadows, also major stars of her era.
She founded the Doris Day Animal League whose motto was “working to reduce the pain and suffering of all animals” (now merged with the Humane Society of the U.S.) and the Doris Day Animal Foundation and has worked tirelessly on behalf of all creatures.
The animals need you as never before. They can’t lobby congress; they can’t vote or speak out against the agonizing tortures being inflicted upon them every day. We must continue to be there for them. ~Doris Day
Her talent is legendary, but I believe her greatest role of all has been as a voice for the voiceless.