Legendary Hollywood actress and singer Doris Day has passed away, aged 97. The star of titles such as Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk died today in California, a statement from the Doris Day Animal Foundation has confirmed.
“[Day was in] excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia,” the statement read.”She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed.”
The actress was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in April 1922 and originally set out to be a dancer, before breaking her leg in a car accident and pursuing music and acting instead.
She went on to star in numerous Hollywood movies, including Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk and The Man Who Knew Too Much, before turning to the small screen with The Doris Day Show, which ran for five years. She was also responsible for hits such as ‘Que Sera Sera’, ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’ and ‘Sentimental Journey’.
From the 1970s, Day largely retired from public life and put all of her energy into her animal welfare charity, The Doris Day Animal Foundation.
The actress was married four times in her life and had one son, record producer Terry Melcher, who sadly passed away in 2004.
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