Doris Day, the perennial girl-next-door whose career as a singer and actress spanned almost 50 years and made her one of the biggest Hollywood stars and most popular entertainers in the United States has died at age 97.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. The foundation says 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.
Among her most popular films were three romantic comedies she did with Hudson: “Pillow Talk” (1959), which brought her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, “Lover Come Back” (1961) and “Send Me No Flowers” (1964).
She also starred in several beloved musicals, including 1953’s “Calamity Jane” and 1957’s “The Pajama Game” as well as comedies like 1960’s “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and the drama “Midnight Lace,” also from 1960.
Her last film, “With Six You Get Eggroll,” was released in 1968.
Day was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio and was named in honor of Doris Kenyon, a silent screen star.