Doris Day, known for wholesome 1960s movie roles, dies at 97

Doris Day, known for wholesome 1960s movie roles, dies at 97

Hollywood star Doris Day, whose films made her one of the biggest female stars of all time, has died aged 97.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, Calif., home.

When their marriage broke down, Comden complained Day cared more for her "animal friends" than she did for him.

Day's Foundation attributed the death to pneumonia, noting the star had been in excellent health until the recent illness.

Day would record more than 600 songs and almost 30 albums, including such hits as "It's Magic", "Secret Love", "Que Sera, Sera" and "Everybody Loves a Lover" and concept albums such as 1956's "Day by Day" and 1957's "Day by Night". The following year she starred in two films; My Dream is Yours and It's a Great Feeling.

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Martin Melcher produced many of Day's movies.

With his wife's film career in decline due to mediocre movies he initiated, husband Melcher began to explore options on TV despite her opposition.

Doris Day, is shown in this 1962 photo, was a recording star in the 1940s, and a popular film star from the early1950s through the early 1960s. Although mostly retired from show business since the 1980s, she still had enough of a following that a 2011 collection of previously unreleased songs, "My Heart", hit the top 10 in the United Kingdom.

Melcher famously worked with The Beach Boys and turned down aspiring musician Charles Manson. Married and divorced four times, Day had one son, record producer Terry Melcher, who died in 2004. When Manson and his followers embarked on their murderous rampage in 1969, they headed for the house once owned by Melcher and instead came upon actress Sharon Tate and some visitors, all of whom were killed.

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