Barney Rapp

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Update 11 a.m. Tuesday April 7:  The estate auction for Doris Day, Cincinnati's biggest Hollywood star, raised nearly $3 million for her animal foundation, more than four times the presale estimate.

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Herb Reisenfeld of Provident Travel loves to say that his mother-in-law, singer Ruby Wright,  was responsible for Doris Day's career.

Before Wright became a regular on Ruth Lyons' "50-50 Club" TV show, she sang for her husband, bandleader Barney Rapp. When Ruby was pregnant with her daughter Susie, Rapp hired a local teenager singer named Doris Kappelhoff.

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Did someone in your family know young Doris Day?

Did they know her as Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff, the promising young dancer-turned-singer from Evanston who grew up to be America's most popular movie star?

Maybe they took lessons with her at Hessler's Dance Studio in Mount Adams? Or went to Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard with her? Or heard her sing on WLW-AM or with Barney Rapp's band?