Doris Day is Two Years Older Than She thought

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Many people might experience some surprise when their birthdays come around and they realize they’re another year older. But amazement at a year that sped by and discovering that there was actually missing time in the tally are two entirely different circumstances. But that’s exactly what happened to Doris Day. The actress, who previously thought she was 93 this year, is actually 95, according to the Associated Press.

Day was born Doris Mary Kappelhoff in 1922, which means that as of her Monday birthday she is two years older than she believed herself to be. The Associated Press published the birth certificate copy that officially determines the question of Day’s age. Alma and William Kappelhoff, Day’s parents, welcomed their daughter into the world on April 3, but the year that happened has been erroneously reported many times.

She’s 95, but she doesn’t look a Day over 93.

Apparently unbothered by the difference, Day said that she’s happy to know her real age. She’s only a few months younger than friend Betty White.

Spokesman Charley Cullen Walters for Day said that it isn’t known how the age mixup occurred. One tale is that an audition form with the wrong age perpetuated the mistake when Day was young.

A popular actress through the 50s and 60s, Day’s first film was the 1948 Romance On the High Seas. Other films that earned notice were Pillow Talk, Midnight Lace and Love Me or Leave Me. She began in entertainment as a singer, and throughout her acting career continued in music.

To the actress, the occasion of her birthday is just an opportunity to advocate animal welfare, an issue she has long advocated. The Doris Day Animal Foundation, which she founded in 1978, promotes work on behalf of animals via monetary help for rescue, care and protection projects.

For this birthday, Day has taken to social media, asking for people to tag the foundation account @ddaf_org and use the hashtag #DorisBirthdayWish in posts that include videos or pictures of their pets.

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