/Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

Updated

May 13, 2019 23:31:42

Doris Day, whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in 60s films, has died, her foundation says. She was 97.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died at her Carmel Valley home in California.

The foundation said in an emailed statement she was surrounded by close friends and “had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia”.

The actress and honey-voiced singer’s film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and 60.

Known for such films as Pillow Talk, Calamity Jane and That Touch of Mink, the actress also topped the music charts with songs including Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) and My Secret Love.

But behind the wholesome facade in her 1976 tell-all book, Doris Day: Her Own Story, she revealed money troubles and three failed marriages, contrasting with the happy publicity of her Hollywood career.

“I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America’s Virgin, and all that, so I’m afraid it’s going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together,” she wrote.

She never won an Academy Award, but Day was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, as George W Bush declared it “a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio decided to become an entertainer”.

She celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3.

More to come.

AP

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First posted

May 13, 2019 23:13:02