May 13, 2019 10:27 AM EST
Hollywood Legend Doris Day Dies at 97
Actress Doris Day, one of the most iconic actresses of all time, has died. She was 97.
Day began her career at 15 and rose to stardom in the 1950s. In 1956, she had a big hit with Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be). She also acted alongside another Hollywood legend, Rock Hudson, in a few films, creating an iconic on-screen partnership in the 1950s and 1960s. She worked with Hitchcock on The Man Who Knew Too Much and That Touch of Mink, which helped make her a household name. Day was nominated for an Oscar in 1960 for Pillow Talk, one of her films she starred in with Hudson.
She also was known for her singing - with a series of hits including Sentimental Journey. Her last album release, My Heart, was back in 2011.
Married four times and divorced three, her life was quite a contrast to the image that the studios created for her. After she suffered a mental breakdown in the 1970s, she decided to focus on her work with animals. Her foundation, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, was founded in 1978.
In a statement that was released, it said that "She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed". It also said that she was "in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia".
Day's only son, Terry Melcher, predeceased her in 2004. She spoke about him in an interview last year, saying, "My son was the love of my life. "We talked every day, and I miss him very much. [But] we can't change the past. I think you have to get through the bad times to appreciate the good things in life."
As per Day's request, no memorial will be held.
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