Hollywood legend Doris Day dead at 97

Hollywood legend Doris Day dead at 97

Hollywood legend Doris Day dead at 97

American actress and singer Doris Day, whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in 1960s films, has died, her foundation says.

Up until her death, the actress remained an active animal rights activist, founding the Doris Day Animal League in 1987. Summing up her buoyant persona many years ago, she said: "I like joy".

"Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death", the foundation said in an statement.

She also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much opposite James Stewart and brought her famous singing abilities to the song "Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) which won which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1957". The following year she starred in two films; My Dream is Yours and It's a Great Feeling.

Terry Melcher, who died in 2004, became a songwriter and record producer, working with such stars as the Beach Boys. Staunchly conservative, she turned down the Mrs. Robinson role in The Graduate on what she called "moral grounds" and became increasingly critical of the changing mores reflected in Hollywood movies. "The Doris Day Show" was a moderate success in its 1966-1973 run on CBS. Her husband's reliance on attorney Jerome Rosenthal for business advice proved disastrous: The lawyer went through Day's millions with bad investments in oil wells, cattle and hotels.

The Associated Press reported the news, as confirmed by The Doris Day Animal Foundation. One prize she never lost: the unbridled love of an adoring public.

There was talk of comebacks: She reportedly was offered "Murder, She Wrote" and the Debbie Reynolds role in "Mother" in 1996.

The future's not ours to see.

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