Que Sera, Sera Singer Doris Day Passes Away At 97


She also had an incredible voice and recorded albums, which did very well, making her one of the top 10 singers between 1951 and 1966 and even releasing her 29th studio album, My Heart, in 2011.

Actress, singer, and animal-rights activist Doris Day died at the age of 97 after succumbing to complications of pneumonia. "She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed", they said in a statement.

Born to a music teacher and a housewife in Cincinnati, Day dreamed of a dance career but at age 12 broke her leg badly when a auto in which she was traveling was hit by a train.

Her first musical hit was the 1945 smash "Sentimental Journey", when she was barely in her 20s, singing with Les Brown's band.

Day, an avid animal lover, reportedly didn't like to talk about funeral arrangements, and Bashara tells the outlet, "she didn't like death, and she couldn't be with her animals if they had to be put down".

Though the increasingly formulaic films were successful, they'd prove to be Day's undoing and make her passé when the counterculture supplanted the "Mad Men" era.

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Doris' organisation the Doris Day Animal Foundation announced her death earlier today.

Designer Stella McCartney, an animal rights advocate, responded to Day's death Monday by tweeting: "The one, the only, the woman who inspired so much of what I do..."

According to People, the actress died at around 1:00 a.m. on Monday, May 13 inside her home in California.

Her life was certainly not as sunny.

Day returned to light comedy in 1957 with "The Pajama Game" and two years later first joined forces with Hudson for "Pillow Talk", her most popular movie and the one that earned her an Oscar nomination. After a near-fatal auto crash that ended her hopes for a career as a dancer, she made the switch to singing.

Representatives for the Doris Day Foundation did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. And then it turned out she was so at ease in front of the camera.

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She later found success with "Someone Like You", which featured in My Dream Is Yours, the box-office hit, I'll See You In My Dreams, and Lucky Me, starring alongside Frank Sinatra. Doris Day who devoted her fifty years of career as an actor as well as a singer, earned enormous fame for her 1956 box office hit "Que Sera, Sera" (Whatever Will Be, Will Be). Comedian/actor/writer Carl Reiner, who is also 97-years old, also paid tribute to Day and had this to say.

In 1951 Day married agent Martin Melcher and after his 1968 death, she found he had left her almost penniless.

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 chose to become an entertainer".

Hollywood came next, as she began working steadily in films and cultivating an image as an all-American girl. She gave birth to her son, Terry, in early 1942.

Her singing popularity led to a movie debut in 1948 in "Romance on the High Seas" and a contract at Warner Bros. Melcher died in 1969.

By the time she was 20, she was already divorced from a physically abusive husband and the mother of a young child - the first of her four failed marriages.

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