I received this e-mail from Jazz musician Jim Martinez this morning. I thought you all would find it interesting:
"Found out on 4/3/10 that Doris is only 86 years old, not 88. Her mother lied about her age so she could join the Big Bands at 16...said she was 18. :-) We did three tribute concerts to her in Carmel and we even spoke to Doris on the phone Saturday afternoon! But she was actually born in 1924, not 1922."
I wouldn't be surprised if this were true. She was certainly not the first young woman to lie about her age in order to get a job in show business!
Check out the tribute concert site here.