In a rare interview, America’s sweetheart Doris Day opens up to Closer Weekly to share her advice, life lessons and fond memories following her 92nd birthday.
“You have to stay positive,” Doris told Closer Weekly when asked about what she’s learned from her long, eventful life. And worrying never helps. “Whatever will happen, will happen."
“I’m lucky. I’ve been blessed with good health,” Doris confides to Closer. “It’s important to stay active. I like to walk with my doggies.”
Doris in 1965.
On the evening of her 92nd birthday, confidantes like Lea Price, director of her animal foundation, helped the star celebrate with her favorite vegetarian Chinese food and a birthday cake. “It was a nice quiet dinner with friends,” Lea tells Closer. “After dinner, we watched a video that [Doris’ pal] Scott Dreier produced called Celebrating Doris: Stories from Doris Day’s Co-Stars,” she says. “It features interviews with people she’s worked with, including some who were up for the weekend.”
Among them is Brian Nash, who played Doris’ son Andy in 1963’s The Thrill of It All. “When I think of my childhood,” he tells Closer, “I fondly think of my acting career starting off on the right foot with a great second mom, Doris — beautiful, smart, funny and a heart filled with love!”
Doris Day in The Thrill of It All in 1963.
Kym Karath, who played Doris’ daughter in The Thrill of It All, was among Doris’ former costars who attended a special VIP reception and Q&A with fans. She also remembers Doris’ sweetness. “She put me completely at ease and made me feel safe,” the former child actor tells Closer. “It made it very easy to pretend that she was my mother.”
Though the star confides that she “never paid much attention to age or birthdays,” she’s delighted that her friends and fans still come together each year to support her favorite cause. “I’m overwhelmed and so touched by all the birthday wishes I’ve been getting from all over the world,” she says. “So many of my fans come to Carmel, [Calif.] for my birthday every year and I love being able to talk with them. They are so kind and loving and I love them all.”
For more from Doris’ friends, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!