Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97


Bashara adds Day "died peacefully" after a fulfilling life working on films and TV shows.

Legendary actress Doris Day died on Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home, leaving behind an unbelievable legacy of classic films, music and an incredible passion for animal advocacy.

In a statement, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said she died on Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, California. She also had a hit in 1956 with Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).

In 2011 Day made United Kingdom chart history when she became the oldest woman to score a top 10 album.

"[When she died] there were some very close friends and loved ones who were with her", says Bashara.

According to the BBC, Doris was a singer turned actress and enjoyed success in films like Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk.

Born Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she began her career at the young age of 15, and worked for almost three decades in film, largely starring in musical-comedies. So effective was her girl-next-door act that Day was a top box-office draw of the early '60s, scoring with "That Touch of Mink" (1962) with Cary Grant; "Move Over, Darling" (1963) with James Garner, a film that had originally been meant for Marilyn Monroe prior to her untimely death; and "Do Not Disturb" (1965) with Rod Taylor.

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.

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The league continues to lobby on behalf of animal rights, while the foundation operates as a hands-on animal welfare charity.

Over time, she became more than a name above the title. Her singing voice was all that and more.

Day earned her Oscar nomination opposite Rock Hudson in 1959 romantic comedy Pillow Talk, the first of three rom-coms they filmed together.

The star's last major hit in the USA, it is notable for the third verse - where Day's performance of the first and second verses superimposed, creating the illusion she's singing with herself.

A marriage at 17 to trombonist Al Jorden ended when, she said, he beat her when she was eight months pregnant.

"Make no mistake, she could sing", agreed Steve Leggett on Allmusic.com, "and she came from the first generation of singers to truly understand the nuance of singing on studio microphones, which gives her vocals depth, clarity, and an uncommon presence". That song and "Que Sera Sera" would be her biggest hits. Instead, her last film was With Six You Get Egg Roll in 1968. Her son died in 2004.

From 1966 to 1973, Day starred as a widowed mother in CBS sitcom The Doris Day Show.