Doris Day, 97, dies

Doris Day, 97, dies

Even without her accomplishments as an actress, Doris Day would have been celebrated as a chart-topping vocalist.

A cheekily playful pop song, that Day was offered after mentioning to lyricist Richard Adler she was looking for a new novelty song to record.

How hard it was to read that Doris Day passed away today? Her gift for song translated onto the big screen, as she performed Academy Award-winning songs "Secret Love" in 1953 and "Que Será, Será" in 1956. And we'll remember her all the more for it, too, now that the versatile singer, actress, TV star, animal activist and radiant icon of sunny, amusing femininity has died early Monday at age 97 at her home in Carmel, California. An iconic woman who I was hugely honoured to meet and share precious moments with.

Day, who was one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, also had a keen interest in animal welfare.

Born on April 3, 1922, in OH, her real name was Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff, according to

"She was a wonderful friend to us and a lovely and very talented lady", singer Tony Bennett said on Twitter. She was surprised when she landed the movie role, admitting to Curtiz that she was really just a singer and had no acting experience. She gave birth to her son, Terry, in early 1942. She returned to Les Brown's band after the first marriage broke up. In fact, she began her career off the silver screen by utilizing the talents of her lovely singing voice.

Day broke out of her girl next door image every now and then in an effort to shake things up and show a different side of her. Day's turn in the musical Calamity Jane let her be more of the tomboy that she was at heart, and she showed a dramatic side to her with Love Me or Leave Me, the story of 920s singing star Ruth Etting.

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The Man Who Knew Too Much: Scoring 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this Hitchcock film is actually a remake of his original film made in 1939. "She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, 'Que sera sera, ' but we will miss her dearly anyway", George Takei said. Day later starred opposite Clark Gable in 1958 comedy Teacher's Pet. She continues to be remembered for her versatile performances, one of which earned her an Oscar nomination for "Pillow Talk" (1959). She and Hudson played two New Yorkers who shared a telephone party line.

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Day was cast in "Romance on the High Seas" after Judy Garland and Betty Hutton bowed out. Her dramas included "Young Man with a Horn", with Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall, and "Storm Warning", with Ronald Reagan and Ginger Rogers.

Doris Day, one of Hollywood's biggest icons, has died.

The career Day built from there had its ups and downs: In 1968, when her third husband, Martin Melcher, died, she found he had squandered her money, leaving her deeply in debt. She eventually won a multimillion-dollar judgment against their lawyer. She did some dramatic and more ambiguous roles too, but later wrote in her memoir that fans struggled to accept her in them.

The CBS show turned out to be a success and had a five-year run from 1968-1973. Melcher died in 1969. "How many letters I drafted to you and didn't send". Everyone knows her megahit, "Que Sera, Sera", a sort of anthem about going whichever way the wind takes you, the flawless song to sing to a child who, in the way children are, is eager for all the answers. It was Melcher's former house that the Manson family visited and murdered Sharon Tate and her friends in.

In 1976, Day married restaurant owner Barry Comden but they also divorced. Those films saw her starring alongside Hollywood hunks such as James Stewart, Rock Hudson and James Garner.

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