Doris Day, the singer turned actress who starred in many films, musicals and romantic comedies like Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk and others, has died at the age of 97. She was also known for being an animal welfare activist. The news has been confirmed by The Doris Day Animal Foundation. It stated that she died on Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, California.
The Hollywood legend, whose films made her the biggest star, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Day even featured in 29 studio albums. Day’s screen partnership with Rock Hudson is one of the best-known in the history of romantic movies.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation stated that for her age Day had been in good physical health, until recently she developed a serious case of pneumonia. The statement also stated that she was surrounded by a few close friends at the time of her death.
Born Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff in April 1922, Day initially wanted to be a dancer but had to leave behind her dream after breaking her right leg in a car accident. Rather she started her singing career at the age of 15. Her first hit, Sentimental Journey, became a signature tune.
Her films, which included Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and That Touch of Mink, made her famous all around the world. However, she never won an Oscar and was nominated only once, in 1960, for Pillow Talk, the first of her three romantic comedies with Hudson.
Honors that Day did receive consisted of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2008. Doris’s last release, the compilation album My Heart, went being number one in the UK in 2011.
Ever Day’s girl-next-door image became popular; her life wasn’t as sunny. She married four times, was divorced three times and was widowed once. She even suffered a mental breakdown and had severe financial trouble after one husband misused her money. In the 1970s, she turned away from performing to focus her career on her animal foundation.