Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dies, aged 97
15 May, 2019, 01:48 | Author: Kenneth Collins
Listening to the radio while recuperating, she began singing along with Ella Fitzgerald, "trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, the casual yet clean way she sang the words".
Actress, singer, and animal-rights activist Doris Daydied at the age of 97 after succumbing to complications of pneumonia. She founded the Doris Day Pet Foundation in 1978 which "aims to help animals and the people who love them".
Her manager, CFO of her foundation and friend, Bob Bashara, tells the outlet that she reportedly wanted "no funeral, no memorial and no [grave] marker".
Born Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff on April 3,1922, she first wanted to be a dancer, until a vehicle crash left her with serious injuries to her right leg.
"I get so many love letters from fans as young as 8 years old, telling me they were introduced by my films and music by their great-grandmothers, and my movies make them happy", Day had told The Hollywood Reporter. "Enjoy each day. It's not coming back again!" is listed as one of her favorite quotes to People magazine.
"She is an icon in the animal protection world and will be sorely missed for her singular advocacy", Amundson said.
In her Oscar-nominated role in 1959′s "Pillow Talk", the first of her three films with Rock Hudson, she proudly caught up with what she called "the contemporary in me". After a near-fatal vehicle crash that ended her hopes for a career as a dancer, she made the switch to singing.
Day was arguably the top female box-office star in Hollywood history, with a No. 1 ranking in 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964. Her only child, son Terry, was born in 1942, and the couple divorced the following year. "She was surrounded by a few loved ones". Her second marriage also was short-lived.
She also had hit records, most notably "Que Sera, Sera" from the movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much".
She never won an Academy Award, but Day was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.
In spite of her command of the box office, Day's "Suzy Creamcheese" persona became rapidly dated as the films of the '60s took a turn toward gritty realism and graphic sexuality - she missed her chance to be Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate" (1967), turning her nose up at the film's "vulgar" script - and Day's film career ground to a halt with 1968's "With Six You Get Eggroll".
Day's movie debut, "Romance on the High Seas" in 1948, was a hit. Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style.
Melcher died unexpectedly in 1968, leaving Day with a CBS sitcom and in financial straits.
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