09/18/1998 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Veteran star Doris Day ("The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Pillow Talk") refused to talk to a census taker, reports gossip columnist Liz Smith. According to Smith, the census guy rang the front bell at the Carmel, Calif., estate of the reclusive star and staunch animal activist. Day, 76, reportedly answered the intercom herself, but refused to let him in or speak to him. When the census man reminded Day that it is "the law" that she cooperate, she reportedly replied, "I will not answer any questions!" Smith's column advises Day to try again.