Doris Day's Life in Photos

14 May, 2019, 02:57 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • American entertainer Doris Day seen here in 1989 has died at 97

The Que Sera Sera singer celebrated her 97th birthday last month, telling The Hollywood Reporter she had spent the occasion with "dear old friends out of town". The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the news, stating she "had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia".

Her first singing hit was the 1945 smash "Sentimental Journey", when she was barely in her 20s.

Had Day recovered all the money her late husband and attorney squandered, it would be easy to see how Day's estate would exceed $200 million (Celebrity Net Worth's estimate). Her movies may come from another time - and even then more of a confection than a reflection - but utterly charming.

Day never won an Oscar, although her many honors included the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Grammy for lifetime achievement in 2008.

But her biographer and friends told a different story, of someone happy to be an animal activist who'd stayed wealthy into her 90s. Day, who worked with Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, and Rock Hudson in their prime, passed away Monday at the age of 97.

She has been focused on the Doris Day Animal Foundation since the '70s. My mother drifting around doing housework while wistfully singing Que Sera Sera, sounding as if she really wanted to be somewhere else, such as romantically walking down Broadway or across Hollywood. Check out a great scene from Pillow Talk below.

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Click through our gallery above to check out Doris Day's most glamorous fashion moments. Doris Day I love you, my calamity Jane.

Day's movie debut, "Romance on the High Seas" in 1948, was a hit. But later, the son is kidnapped, and Day turns the song into a gasp of desperation, an incantation that may be her only way of summoning him back.

In 1951 Day married agent Martin Melcher and after his 1968 death, she found he had left her almost penniless. Day has always been so charming as a presence that it has sometimes been easy to lose sight of what a phenomenal actor she was. More immediately, she found she had been committed to a weekly TV series she did not wish to do, but made the best of it, carrying "The Doris Day Show" (1968-1973) through five uneven seasons.

Snyder had ties to showbusiness and became her manager and husband - but he turned out to be violent and controlling.

Her only child - Terry - who she had with Jorden, died of cancer in 2004.

She ended up marrying a fourth time to Barry Comden in 1976, but they divorced in 1982.

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