The day Doris gave birth to the child of the man who threatened her life

With her bubbly personality, Doris Day is admired by the public and is considered one of the most creative, underrated and least recognized actresses ever to come to Hollywood.

Although her career is successful, she is not successful in her personal life. Her parents were divorced, and she had an accident when she was a teenager.

The accident forced her to give up her dream of being a dancer and embark on the path of acting. For two years, she was married to her first husband, and when she became pregnant, he threatened her life.

Portrait of Doris Day circa 1963 | Photo: Getty Images


Day, who died of pneumonia at the age of 97, was not married when she died on May 13, 2019. However, she was marry four times in her lifetime.

In 1941, she married Al Jorden, a trombonist, after they dated for a year. Their marriage lasted only two years when they divorced in 1943.

Three years after their first divorce, Day joined another band who was married to the band’s saxophonist, George Weidler. She is attracted to his tenderness and thinks their love will last.

Portrait of Doris Day circa 1945 | Photo: Getty Images

Sadly, their partnership ended three years later, shortly after Day’s career took off. Weidler thinks she’s become too big of a star and their marriage won’t work out.

On April 3, 1951, Day gave love another chance when she married Martin Melcher, an American music and image executive. Melcher adopted a son from his first marriage.

Doris Day and Martin Melcher posed for a snap after a quiet marriage ceremony at Burbank City Hall. | Photo: Getty Images

Unfortunately, Melcher died on 20 April 1968, at the age of 52. After his death, she fell in love and married on 14 April 1976, to maître d’hôtel, Barry Comden.

Comden and Day’s marriage ended in 1981 after he felt Day was more concerned with his dogs than he was with him because she once kicked him out of bed to make room for a poodle.

Doris Day with one of her dogs at a press conference in California on July 16, 1985 | Photo: Getty Images


Only for the day ambitious was a housewife in a good marriage as a child. At the time, being a dancer or a singer was not one of her occupations.

At 16, she spent six nights a week at the club in Cincinnati, where Barney Rapp and his band were singing. She joined their band, and Rapp convinced her to change her last name from “Kappelhoff” to Day.

Rapp chose the name “Day” after the song “Day By Day”. Although she didn’t like the name, she did. When she was with the band, the trombonist would always support her.

Doris Day in a scene from the 1953 movie “Calamity Jane” | Photo: Getty Images

His name was Al Jorden, and although he was tall and attractive, she found him bleak. However, Jorden appeared relaxed and amused when he asked her out to dinner.

Jorden seemed charming, and so she didn’t notice the change in his personality. He was 23 years old then, and they started going out every night.

With their closeness, she began to notice that he was jealous. He would get angry if he saw her talking to another man, and at first she thought the jealousy was just flattery.

Portrait of Doris Day circa 1949 | Photo: Getty Images

When she was 17, Jorden proposed to her and they married in New York. The instant they got married, she began to see the dark sides of his personality.

On the second day of their marriage, his band manager Day a leather makeup case as her wedding present. This action made Jorden’s face white with envy.

As soon as they got home, he turned Day around and hit her in the face. She tried to protect herself, but he still beat her and cursed her repeatedly.

Portrait of Doris Day | Photo: Getty Images

Day fell to the floor in a hysterical mood, and a minute later, Jorden was holding her to the floor sobbing while begging her to forgive him. He declares his love and admits that he shouldn’t have hit her.

He revealed that he couldn’t bear the thought of anyone other than him looking at her. She believed his excuses and hoped the situation would never be repeated.

It wouldn’t be the last time, though, as what she called his jealous psyche would flare up in countless incidents. He always said he couldn’t help himself.

Doris Day Portrait circa 1960 | Photo: Getty Images


When things took a turn for the worse, Day wanted to leave, but she was pregnant in the second month of their marriage. With the pregnancy, she had hoped he wouldn’t be jealous anymore.

Unfortunately, that was not the case as things turned terrible for Day. One day, Jorden returns home and names her an abortionist because he feels they are too young to have children.

She was appalled at his offer and vehemently refused. Jorden tried many times to tell her to have an abortion, and at one point, her heartache was too much to resist.

Portrait of Doris Day circa 1965 in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

When he realized that she was not going to abort the pregnancy, he made her swallow some of the pills he had obtained and put her feet in the scalding water. The drugs made her sick, but nothing happened to her pregnancy.

After this happened, Day decided that she would do her best to get through the pregnancy while with him. She plans to leave as soon as she gives birth.

During her pregnancy, Jorden repeatedly tried to kill her. One of those cases happened while they were driving on a winding mountain road.

Photo of Doris Day circa 1960 | Photo: Getty Images

Jorden started driving at 110mph while shouting that he was going to kill them both. Jorden threatened to shoot Day and the baby while shoving a pistol into her stomach on another occasion.

When Day was eight months pregnant, Jorden pulled her out of bed, dragging her across the room while banging her against the wall. Her body was severely bruised, and one of her eyes was bruised.

With what has been going through, Day is convinced that she will have a miscarriage. Fortunately, she did not, and in February 1942, she gave birth to their son, Terrence “Terry” Paul Jorden, before returning to her mother in Cincinnati.

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