Day offered a second answer to the timing of the album's release. Sales help support the animal welfare organization she founded in 1987, when she effectively retired from the film and TV business. "I have always loved animals," she says. "When I was traveling with the bands, I couldn't have any animals with me but once I settled down in Hollywood, I've had animals with me ever since."
The Doris Day Animal Foundation works in many areas to improve the welfare of animals, from funding a sanctuary for hard to place horses to providing for meals on wheels for pets to training assistance dogs. Right now, the foundation concentrates on providing grants for animal rescue organizations that focus on senior animals.
Her own pets keep her on the move. "I am still as active as I was when I moved to Carmel. I am busy around the house, like any other lady, and I love to walk with my doggies on my property," she says. Inside, Day enjoys watching old films, especially some of the 38 that she starred in over her career: "All I can say is that I had the finest actors to work with — everyone was different but each one was great!"
So maybe it's appropriate that "Que Sera Sera" is now being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. "When I recorded it, I had no idea that it would be so meaningful to people over the years," she says. "But, you know, mothers sang it to their children."
You may also like: Bonnie Raitt releases new album.