Actress Doris Day, who began her career as a big band singer and went on to become one of the most popular movie stars of the ’50s and ’60s, has died. Day, born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, died this morning at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif., according to media reports.
Day’s animal advocacy group the Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed her death, reporting that she had been in excellent health until a recent battle with pneumonia. Day was 97.
Day was known for romantic comedies such as “Pillow Talk,” for which she received an Oscar nomination in 1960. Her other feature films included “Calamity Jane” (1953), “The Pajama Game” (1957), “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” (1960), “That Touch of Mink” (1962), “Move Over, Darling” (1963) and “With Six You Get Eggroll” (1968).
She was also known for her performance of the song “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera),” which was featured in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” in which Day starred opposite James Stewart.
The song also became the theme of Day’s TV sitcom, “The Doris Day Show,” which ran from 1968-1973 on CBS.
Day was a three-time winner of the Golden Globes’ Henrietta Award as the “World Film Favorite” actress, spanning 1958-1963, and received the Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1989.
Here’s a clip of an appearance by Day on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson in 1974 …