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Doris Day, Incomparable Singer, Actress & Philanthropist, Dies At 97
Born in 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Day made a name for herself as a multifaceted star in films such as 1953's Calamity Jane and 1959's Pillow Talk.
As a singer, Day made over 600 recordings and scored hits including "Secret Love" from Calamity Jane and "Que Sera, Sera," which was featured in Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 film The Man Who Knew Too Much. Both songs have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. Day aslo earned two GRAMMY nominations during her career and received the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
But beneath her magnetic on-screen image and superb voice was an extremely talented and dynamic singer with an uncanny sense of conveying a song's true sentiment.
"She really is sort of the mother of all tuneful, sunny blondes," said writer and jazz historian Will Friedwald, "but at the same time there's definitely a dark side to her. You know, she can explore that kind of emotion very effectively in song."
We’ve lost another great Hollywood talent. Take a minute to appreciate the legendary Doris Day: https://t.co/72ssvivryz
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) May 13, 2019
In addition to her artistic success, Day was also known for her big heart and ardent philanthrophic work as a champion of animal rights.
“She was a true star in more ways than one,” Paul McCartney wrote in a statement. “Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style. She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with.”
Fellow artists, actors and activists took to social media to celebrate and remember Day for her contributions to film, music and our culture.
"A legendary actress, singer, and philanthropist, Doris Day was one of the most cherished entertainers of all time. Best known for her success in the television and film industries," Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. "Her infectious spirit and vibrant works of art have made a lasting impression worldwide. She will be missed, but her incredible legacy will live on forever."