Doris Day has died aged 97

Doris Day has died aged 97

Written mainly with Bruce Johnston and her son Terry Melcher, the pieces were meant to serve as background music for segments on her Doris Day's Best Friends TV show in the mid-1980s.

Doris Day outlived her only child, record producer Terry Melcher, who died of melanoma in 2004 at the age of 62. Three of her songs have been inducted into the Grammys Hall of Fame, including "Sentimental Journey", "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" and "Secret Love". After early stardom as a band singer and a stint at Warner Bros., Day won the best notices of her career with 1955's "Love Me or Leave Me", the story of songstress Ruth Etting and her gangster husband-manager.

The statement added: "She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed".

Doris Day, iconic film star of the 1950s and '60s who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Pillow Talk, has died.

Day had only recently celebrated her 97th birthday, back on April 3rd.

Honors for her work include the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded in 2004 by President George W. Bush, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. The league continues to lobby on behalf of animal rights, while the foundation operates as an animal welfare charity. Her home in Carmel, California, was usually full of dogs and cats, mostly adopted strays. But a successful singing career turns into much more after a recurring guest spot on The Bob Hope Pepsodent Show landed her a career in the movies.

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She later found success with "Someone Like You", which featured in My Dream Is Yours, the box-office hit, I'll See You In My Dreams, and Lucky Me, starring alongside Frank Sinatra. Instead, her last film was With Six You Get Egg Roll in 1968.

Fellow actress Goldie Hawn said "Doris Day left us and took a piece of the sun with her" in an emotional Twitter message. Everyone knows her megahit, "Que Sera, Sera", a sort of anthem about going whichever way the wind takes you, the flawless song to sing to a child who, in the way children are, is eager for all the answers.

Her most famous songs, meanwhile, surely include the 1956 release of Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be). From 1968 to 1973 she starred in "The Doris Day Show" on CBS, a sitcom that ran for five seasons.

In 1976, Day married restaurant owner Barry Comden but they also divorced.

She was married four times: first, to trombonist Al Jorden in 1941.

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