Actress and singer Doris Day dies aged 97

Actress and singer Doris Day dies aged 97

Although in 2012 she released a CD of songs she recorded years ago, since the early '80s, the world's favorite "girl next door" kept a low profile and lived on 11 acres in Carmel, California, where she devoted most of her time to her charitable organization.

The death of the retired actress, known for her iconic roles in the late '50s and '60s, was announced by her foundation on Monday 13 May. A bandleader changed her name to Day, after the song "Day after Day", to fit it on a marquee. She sings "Que Sera, Sera" just as the story reaches its climax and viewers are beside themselves with suspense. Her dramas included "Young Man with a Horn", with Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall, and "Storm Warning", with Ronald Reagan and Ginger Rogers. Her last feature film was 1968's With Six You Get Eggroll, but the following year she received a Golden Globe nomination for her eponymous sitcom, which ran from 1968-73.

She had married Melcher, who worked in her agent's office, in 1951. "Pillow Talk" and "Lover Come Back" opposite Rock Hudson and "That Touch of Mink" with Cary Grant cemented her goody-two-shoes reputation, if sometimes unfairly: The films were about Day, usually cast as an independent working woman, resisting her leading man's charms because she'd been deceived more than to protect her virginity.

Her only child, son Terrence Paul Jorden, who died in 2004, was with Al Jorden. Melcher died in 1969.

Melcher famously worked with The Beach Boys and turned down aspiring musician Charles Manson. Three of her four marriages ended in divorce, and her third husband (and manager) Martin Melcher died and left her broke until she sued to reclaim more than $20 million from his business partner.

The Associated Press reported the news, as confirmed by The Doris Day Animal Foundation.

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