Hollywood Legend Doris Day Dead at 97

Hollywood legend Doris Day dies at age 97

Hollywood lost one of its titans on May 13: Doris Day, the legendary singer, actress, and activist, passed away at age 97.

The perky blonde film star, whose career spanned almost 40 movies from 1948 through 1968, excelled in one particular film genre of the day - the "bedroom farce" - typified by the 1959 hit film "Pillow Talk", with Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, and James Garner.

Her Hollywood career began after she sang at a Hollywood party in 1947.

Doris began her career as a singer, with her breakthrough hit "Sentimental Journey" being re-recorded several times over her career, and she became one of the highest-paid vocalists in the United States in the 1950s. "And she said, 'God gave me a voice and all I did was use it'".

A great comedic talent, Day particularly shone in films that showcased her humour and singing. She was also nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 1959 for her role in Pillow Talk, and was given a Lifetime Achievement Golden Globe Award in 1989.

When I started to recreate the 1950s charts for my iPod a few years back, I was startled to find how numerous tunes I remembered were by her. Though remembered most often for her frothy, delightful "sex comedies" of the early 1960s - a genre she all but invented and were indeed both innocent and, for the time, racy - Day proved more than once that she could handle serious drama. Usually, at least one song from any given film's soundtrack became a hit on the music charts. That song and "Que Sera Sera" would be her biggest hits.

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Day was known as a honey-voiced singer, which brought fame on the radio, and for her wholesome screen presence, which made her a hit in Hollywood. The 1958 comedy "Teacher's Pet" paired her with an aging Clark Gable.

With her lilting contralto, wholesome blonde beauty and glowing smile, she was a top box office draw known for such films as "Pillow Talk" and "That Touch of Mink".

American actor Doris Day poses on a red Schwinn bicycle, late 1950s. The actress famously had a chance to be part of it with a total career makeover with the role of Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, but she turned it down.

Day wasn't done with the entertainment world yet though.

It appears to have been Day's last public statement to the people of Cincinnati. Doris Day, who became one of the biggest female stars of all time, has died at age 97. Doris Day I love you, my calamity Jane.

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