And then [years later] I put it the way it was supposed to be, soft and lovely. It was my favorite. It took me back to when I sang it as a little girl.
It was just a wonderful part of my life. I couldn't wait to get to work. Sometimes I think I should have stayed longer and I should have done more films. [But] I just got so involved with animals that I didn't.
You'd always be welcomed back.
As a grandma? [Day has one grandson.]
I certainly think so.
I could play grandmas.
I'm not an old lady, and yet I'm up there in years, but I don't feel like that at all.
Do you ever watch your movies?
I've been looking at my old films recently, now that you mention it.
Are you watching like a fan or an actress?
I watch them like I'm there. I never did that when I was making films -- I never saw them. I'm having a lot of fun seeing them now. I [analyze myself] and think, "Um hm, what am I going to do with this?'' I laugh when I'm laughing in the scene. I laugh sitting in my chair watching.
If you could wave a wand, what would you wish the world to do for animals?
I would like for people to know they're part of the family -- and [for animals to have] the best life they could ever have.
This interview was edited and excerpted from a longer taped transcript. Interview archive: latimes.com/pattasks.