Much loved actress Doris Day has passed away today at the age of 97.
Doris Day graced our screens with musicals such as Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk, and had a hit song in 1958 with Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).
She died this morning at her home in Carmel Valley, surrounded by a few close friends. She had recently contracted a serious case of pneumonia, which resulted in her death.
Her real name was Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff, and she was born on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati. She started her performing career as a dancer, but injured her right leg as a result of a car accident when she was a teenager.
She later became a performer on a local radio station and joined a swing band. The name ‘Day’ came around after the band gave her the nickname after a song of hers entitled ‘Day After Day’.
Over the years, she climbed the musical charts with her sweet vocals and charming appearance, and became one of Hollywood’s stars, paving the way for women in entertainment as she took on roles such as Calamity Jane, and appearing in films such as ‘Pillow Talk’ and ‘Lover Come Back’ opposite Rock Hudson and ‘That Touch of Mink’ with Cary Grant.
She became an animal rights activist in the 70s and focussed on her foundations, Doris Day Animal League and Doris Day Animal Foundation, and admitted during an interview in 2012 that she had arund 30 dogs at one point.
Outpourings of condolences from fans and Hollywood actors have flooded Twitter as news of her death has spread.
Rest in peace, Doris Day.