As a singer, Doris has made more than 650 recordings, making her one of the most popular singers in history. She sang for many of her movies, recording numerous hits such as "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," "I'm Not in Love at All," and "Love Me or Leave Me."
Amazingly, she returned to the studio in 2011 and recorded a pop album called "My Heart." At age 89 1/2 she became the oldest artist to score a UK Top 10 album.
Perhaps Doris’ success and longevity can be traced to her sunny disposition and genuine authenticity.
“There were times when I wasn’t always up. Everything could be calm and peaceful, then the next day the bottom dropped out,” she said. “What can you do? Moan and groan and feel sorry for yourself? No, you pull yourself up by your bootstraps and you get on with life.”
Terry Melcher, Doris' son (now deceased) and a past business manager, summed up his mom's integrity in a 1996 interview:
“She has the highest integrity of anyone I know. Recently she turned down $1 million to do one diet food commercial. It would have been four hours work and they were going to come here to do it, but she said, ‘I’ve never had a weight problem and I don’t use the product. It wouldn’t be honest.”