Screen legend Doris Day made her mark on the world as a Hollywood star, but for the past thirty years, she has devoted herself to something else altogether — animal welfare.
In 1978, she founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation, a cause she has continued to support even though she left the spotlight long ago. Now she’s stepping back on the scene with a new album — her first in 17 years — and the proceeds will benefit her organization.
My Heart is comprised of 13 previously unreleased tracks that were recorded over the span of 40 years. The album, which drops on December 6, features covers of You Are So Beautiful, Daydream and Disney Girls, as well as new tracks such as My Heart and The Way I Dreamed It.
The 88-year-old actress was involved in selecting all of the tracks, and her son Terry Melcher, who passed away in 2004, produced most of the songs. “I loved doing it and having Terry with me. That was important, just for me. I wouldn’t think it would be what it is. … I just love that he is on it. And I miss him terribly, but I have that,” she said.
As for why she is donating the proceeds of the album to her animal foundation, her reasoning is simple. ”They’re the most perfect things on Earth. They’re loyal. They love you. And they’ll never forget you. … I think they’re put here for us to learn what love is all about.”