I found the comments below, from a short piece called "Doris Day - her most important contribution", very interesting in terms of our discussion and it reinforces my feeling that whether she receives an Academy Award or not is probably more important to us, her fans, than it is to her.
Doris, I think, is a very modest person who has never completely understood why people feel the way they do about her. Those who know her find her to be a very real and down-to-earth person, who lives in the present, who tends to dismiss her talents - saying she can't bare to watch her old films and has only selected a relatively small number of recordings that she is truly happy with. It's evident from her recent Magic63 birthday broadcasts that she finds all the affection felt towards her somewhat overwhelming. For those of us who have fallen under her spell, that makes her all the more appealing. Writer David Thomson, says "Somewhere down there, (in Carmel) tucked away, she lives with a quantity of four-legged animals, the objects of her affection. She doesn't do interviews; she isn't interested in her own legend."
However, I believe, she still cares very much about the work she has done - and is constantly reminded of it by the world's continued interest in her and by fans and admirers. But she is, first of all, a screen legend - there aren't too many left, an endangered species even - and an animal welfare advocate second - in the eyes of the world at least.
http://www.bukisa.com/articles/103756_d ... ntribution
"I'm not just a fan of this remarkable thespian, but I have a tremendous respect and admiration for how she has chosen to spend these last decades. She laughs at the reports that she's a recluse and a hermit, the media not understanding that the serenity she gets from living in the small yet beautiful community of Carmel by the Sea is worth more to her than a critic praising her for a dramatic appearance in film. Nor do they understand that the time she spends there, working on various animal causes and just being with her animals, is one of deeper meaning than being nominated for an acting or singing award.
Doris' love for animals began as a teenager, when she was in a car accident that left her on crutches for almost a year. Her dog, Tiny, never left her side, providing her with an unsurpassed love and understanding that only a canine can do. She carried forward this love as her professional career soared. Even while filming her successful TV series in the early seventies, she was known to action upon seeing something she felt was wrong.
Doris is proud of her film success. She had a long and successful career, but her life has extended beyond the need for applause. Her deep compassion and loving devotion to animals has caused this icon to achieve wonderful successes in animal rights. This is her most important role. It's the one that no Academy Award could ever surpass. I'm proud to call myself a fan of Doris Day, the actress. I'm even prouder to be able to say that she is a woman who has fought for what she believes in and has helped to make the animal kingdom a safer and better place for all the animals of the world."