Legendary Hollywood Actress and Singer Doris Day Has Died at 97


Tributes to her memory poured in from fellow entertainment giants.

In "That Touch of Mink", she turned back advances from Grant and in "The Thrill of It All" played a housewife who gains fame as a TV pitchwoman to the chagrin of obstetrician husband James Garner. 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".

"She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, 'Que sera sera, ' but we will miss her dearly anyway".

Here is a completely non-definitive list of five standout Doris Day songs. She abandoned that dream after her right leg was broken in an auto accident.

After a hopeful dancing career was dashed following a auto accident that gave her a compound fracture in one leg, she fell into singing and landed her first hit song with "Sentimental Journey", which she performed with the touring Les Brown and His Band of Renown.

Two for Tea: A personal favorite of mine as it's all my grandparents used to sing, this song is from Day's film of the same name. After Melcher died of heart disease in 1968, Day discovered that his failed investments left her deeply in debt. Her agent, Al Levy, encouraged her to audition for Romance on the High Seas in 1948, and that launched a 20-year-career that included 39 films. The two were together from 1946 to 1949. But a successful singing career turns into much more after a recurring guest spot on The Bob Hope Pepsodent Show landed her a career in the movies. Her turn as the mother of a kidnapped child, in The Man Who Knew Too Much, was an eye-opener.

Day celebrated her 97th birthday on just ten days ago on April 3.

"I just feel so fortunate and so blessed to have been able to entertain people in the theaters and on record, it's just an unbelievable life that I've experienced", she said in a statement on her official website. Her passionate work on behalf of animals in need, including cats, dogs, and horses, led her to fight animal testing and advocate for spay/neuter education and outreach programs in the U.S. The Foundation will continue its work.

She later won a $22 million lawsuit against a man hired by Melcher to invest her money. That show was "The Doris Day Show".

He was younger than Doris Day when they met at the restaurant - where she was a customer - according to SFGate.

In 1976, Day married restaurant owner Barry Comden but they also divorced. This eventually evolved into the Doris Day Animal Foundation and the Doris Day Animal League, a pair of non-profits, with the latter focusing on lobbying lawmakers. Her home in Carmel, California, was usually full of dogs and cats, mostly adopted strays.