(1924– ) singer, actress; born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Borrowing her stage name from a song ("Day by Day"), she sang with the Bob Crosby band and with Fred Waring but it wasn't until her recording of "Sentimental Journey" with Les Brown's band (1944) that she gained national popularity. Her singing was sweet, smooth, and intimate, and because she looked like everyone's ideal "girl next door," she was soon making light romantic comedies, 39 movies altogether. In 1968, on the death of her third husband and manager, Marty Melcher, she discovered he had either mismanaged or embezzled her life's earnings, so she went back to work on television with the "Doris Day Show." In 1974 she was also awarded some $22 million in damages from the lawyer who had helped her husband-manager.