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    Actress Doris Day dies aged 97

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    Hollywood star Doris Day, whose films made her one of the biggest female stars of all time, has died aged 97.
    The singer turned actress enjoyed success in such films as Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk and had a hit in 1956 with Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).
    Her screen partnership with Rock Hudson was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s and '60s.
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    Doris Day dead: Legendary actress and singer dies aged 97

    The American star's foundation confirmed that the screen icon has died after a showbiz career of more than 80 years

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    Lucy NeedhamSenior Celebrity Reporter


    • 14:01, 13 MAY 2019
    • Updated14:10, 13 MAY 2019


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    Doris Day has died at the age of 97, her Animal Foundation charity has confirmed.
    The legendary actress and singer shot to fame in the 50s and 60s and went on to enjoy a showbiz career of more than 80 years.

    Day - real name Doris Mary Kappelhoff - began her career as a big band singer in 1939, but soon went on to star in a series of big movies.
    Her early films including Pillow Talk, Love Me or Leave Me and The Man Who Knew Too Much propelled her to fame.
    She went on to become one of the biggest female stars in the 60s and in 2011 she released an album of unreleased music called My Heart.
    One of Day's most loved role was in the 1953 western musical Calamity Jane.

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    Source: USA Today

    Actress, singer and animal activist Doris Day dead at 97 Susan Wloszczyna USA TODAY
    Published 9:18 AM EDT May 13, 2019



    In this Jan. 28, 1989 file photo, actress and animal rights activist Doris Day has just received the Cecil B. DeMille Award she was presented with at the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

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    Whether God-given or Clairol-tinted, all Hollywood blondes are not created equal.


    Take the bombshell blitz of the ’50s and ’60s. Marilyn Monroe was the alpha goddess, while Grace Kelly was the class act. Bringing up the shapely rear were vampy Kim Novak, campy Jayne Mansfield and trampy Mamie Van Doren.


    But existing on a more approachable perch was the creamy goodness of Doris Day. Her brand of beauty came sprinkled with butterscotch freckles. She was one of us and we loved her for it. And we’ll remember her all the more for it, too, now that the versatile singer, actress, TV star, animal activist and radiant icon of sunny, funny femininity has died early Monday at age 97 at her home in Carmel, California.


    "Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death," The Doris Day Animal Foundation told the Associated Press in an emailed statement.


    The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends at the time of her death.


    Though she dropped out of show business years ago, the cult of Doris remains loyal. Day is a pop-music fixture, and not just because of her own glorious run as a big-band chanteuse or for such signature tunes as "Que Sera, Sera" and "Secret Love." She’s been referenced in numerous lyrics, from "Dig It" by The Beatles to "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!.


    Her long-lasting friendship with a closeted Rock Hudson, particularly in the ’80s while he wasted away from the effects of AIDS, elevated her status among gay fans.


    Yet her name probably requires Googling for millennials, as Day made her last film, the 1968 family comedy "With Six You Get Eggroll," when she was a mere 44. And, with a near Garbo-esque desire for privacy, she halted her acting career in 1973 after her popular TV series, "The Doris Day Show," completed a five-season run.


    Her retirement left Hollywood a bit dimmer, but Day had the good sense to realize her lemon-chiffon allure couldn’t retain its frothy appeal in the face of the Vietnam era’s seismic shifts in sexual decorum and social mores.


    Still, no actress today, fair-haired or otherwise, could match Day’s staying power as she became the first female since Shirley Temple to rule the box office, a reign that roughly ran from 1955 to ’65. She made 39 films, including such disturbing melodramas as 1960’s "Midnight Lace." But her most enduring legacy is likely to be her sex comedies – "Teacher’s Pet," "Pillow Talk," "Lover Come Back," "That Touch of Mink," "Move Over, Darling" – that pitted her against such formidable foils as Cary Grant, James Garner, Clark Gable and, most memorably, that hunky Hudson.


    At her best as ambitious career gals who came gift-wrapped in perfectly accessorized designer suits, the perpetually pert actress came to epitomize pre-liberated womanhood, never a prude but not quite ready to toss out her girdle, either.


    The settings changed, but rarely the basic situation: He wanted to bed, she wanted to wed and the audiences were duly seduced as Day and her leading man batted double entendres back and forth like a badminton birdie. Sample dialogue from 1959’s "Pillow Talk," which co-starred Hudson and earned Day her only Oscar nomination:


    Hudson: “Look, I don’t know what’s bothering you, but don’t take your bedroom problems out on me.”
    Day: “I have no bedroom problems. There’s nothing in my bedroom that bothers me.”
    Hudson (cooing sarcastically): “Ohhh, that’s too bad.”


    There was more to Day than displayed in her no-sex sex comedies, however. Her carefree demeanor and vibrant personality that shone even in second-tier Warner Bros. musicals from the ’50s such as "Lullaby of Broadway" and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" belied a wretched track record with men. That included her father, who left her mother when she was 11.


    Day first wed at age 17, to trombone player Al Jorden, who beat her and fathered her son and only child, music producer Terry Melcher, who died in 2004 from cancer. Then she married a saxophonist, George Weidler, who resented her growing fame as a singer. Marty Melcher, who adopted Terry, became her third husband and manager in 1951. When he died in 1968, it was discovered he had squandered about $20 million of her money. She worked her way out of debt and later sued a financial adviser to get the cash back. Her last marriage was a brief one to restaurateur Barry Comden that ended in 1982.


    No wonder she told biographer A.E. Hotchner that her image “was more make-believe than any film part I ever played.”


    Alfred Hitchcock peered into her soul and saw something deep and dark when they met at a party in 1951. He would give her one of her best dramatic roles opposite James Stewart in 1956’s "The Man Who Knew Too Much," as the distraught mother of a kidnapped boy. The movie bestowed on her that wistful trademark tune "Que Sera, Sera," which is sung twice – once with breezy assurance, the second as a desperate ploy to save her son. Day also impressed as Roaring ’20s torch singer Ruth Etting in 1955’s "Love Me or Leave Me" with James Cagney as her louse of a manager/husband.


    Yet many have dismissed Day as a vanilla-flavored girl next door, a studio-concocted confection no less fabricated than her bustier, lustier blonde peers. As composer Oscar Levant once famously quipped, “I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.”


    But she projected her daisy-fresh wholesomeness without affectation. She could don buckskin and jeans to whoop her way through the tomboy title role in the 1953 musical Western "Calamity Jane," her own personal favorite, with beguiling gumption. She also possessed a subtle sort of sex appeal that didn’t require a plunging neckline – though she could pull that off, too. As actor Garner, who shared the screen with her in 1963’s "The Thrill of It All and Move Over, Darling," once declared: “Doris Day has the best tush in Hollywood.”


    However, it was her voice, a wondrously warm instrument that gently caressed the lyrics to such million-selling recordings as "Sentimental Journey," that first put Day on the path to stardom. Born Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff on April 3, 1924, in Cincinnati, she was in a dance act before a car accident at age 13 ended that. She took singing lessons and borrowed her stage name from one of her favorite tunes, "Day After Day." At age 16, she got a job as a band singer with Bob Crosby’s Bobcats and a year later she joined Les Brown’s Blue Devils. Hollywood soon signed her up for her first picture, 1948’s "Romance on the High Seas," as a replacement for Betty Hutton. The rest is box-office history.


    Asked in 1996 to assess her appeal, she replied, “I honestly believed every word of what I sang or spoke. And people respond to that.” A simple explanation for a rare and never duplicated talent.


    An ex-Catholic turned Christian Scientist who neither drank nor smoked and was a vegetarian, Day kept busy overseeing two animal welfare groups and generally only made public appearances if it benefited her adored creatures. As she once quipped, “If it’s true that men are such beasts, this must account for the fact that most women are animal lovers.”


    In her latter years, she obviously preferred the four-legged variety. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 but her fear of flying prevented her from attending the White House ceremony.


    One wonders what might have been if Day hadn’t turned down the role of adulterous alcoholic Mrs. Robinson in 1967’s "The Graduate." You could debate for hours whether it was better to preserve her screen virginity or to have smashed it once and for all by debauching a young Dustin Hoffman.


    Or you could just settle down in front of a TV, queue up "Pillow Talk" or "Calamity Jane," snuggle your pet and smile in her honor.

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    good lord,i could bet money she was very dead..may she rest in peace,a long life she had!
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    such an awesome lady.

    her and Rock Hudson were so much fun together in their movies. I'll always admire her for standing by Rock as AIDS ravaged his body.
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    i forgot she was still alive. RIP, doris!
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    I loved her, and really admired her tireless efforts on behalf of animals. She always seemed a little sad to me, though. RIP.
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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NO I don't want to believe it. Not my Doris!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Doris Day and will love her to the end of time!!!!!!!!!!!!!This is making me cry. My sweet daRLING doris day!!! She is my girl crush. My favorite actress and singer from the old days. She is so beautiful and a voice so creamy and dreamy, wonderful actress. Great body too. So much of her time was spent on saving animals, I adore Doris. Oh my darling Doris, I celebrate your birthday every year. She lived a life to be proud of. The cream of the crop. Calamity. RIP

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    That's really sad. I know she was very old, but so is Betty White and she is still going strong. Gawd, I hope I didn't jinx Betty.
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    I. am. broken-hearted.

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    This one’s a really hard one for me. My mom and I loved watching her movies with Rock Hudson (in particular Pillow Talk) and her tv show in the 70’s. My mom and I still love listening to Que sera sera and ever now and then my mom asks me if Doris day is still alive. Today, in my daily phone call to her, I will have to tell her Doris Day has passed. Loved Doris Day, her movies and the clothes she wore in all her appearances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConstanceSpry View Post
    . Gawd, I hope I didn't jinx Betty.
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    So who's going to be the third celebrity death?
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    I saw this today and thought I was back in time. Bless her I thought she'd been dead for years. RIP.
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