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Lisburn man tells of meeting Hollywood legend Doris Day

Doris Day with Stephen Boyd in the musical Billy Rose’s Jumbo
Doris Day with Stephen Boyd in the musical Billy Rose’s Jumbo

A Lisburn man has spoken of a meeting with the late Hollywood legend Doris Day, who died yesterday aged 97.

The singer and actress starred in the films Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk and had a hit with the song Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster, Co Antrim man Chris Currie described a meeting with Doris Day while he was travelling in the US with a friend in 1990.

Mr Currie was visiting Carmel Valley in California, where Doris Day lived, and was determined to meet the star - so he decided to ask around for where he could find her.

Doris Day with Frank Sinatra and Lauren Bacall in 1956
Doris Day with Frank Sinatra and Lauren Bacall in 1956

"Eventually we met a lady walking a dog and she said 'yes, Doris Day does live here and she frequents a pet shop down at the mall'," he explained.

"So we headed down there, met a lovely girl called Kim, she said 'leave me your details and I'll arrange something'. And, three days later we were standing with Doris Day, which was fantastic.

"She was a very bubbly character, a lovely person and she seemed to give me the impression she was loving the meeting as much as I was.

"During the brief meeting I presented her with a hat, a Calamity Jane style hat, and she said 'wow, is that for me?' and I said 'no, it's for me - would you sign it?'

"When I was leaving I gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek and she whispered into my ear 'stay sweet, Chris', which was nice."

Doris Day died at her home in Carmel Valley, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said.

The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends and “had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia”.

Doris Day became an animal rights activist (AP)
Doris Day became an animal rights activist (AP)

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