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Even without her accomplishments as an actress, Doris Day would have been celebrated as a chart-topping vocalist.

Doris Day, the actress and singer who made made almost three dozen films and more than 600 recordings, died of pneumonia Monday at 97.

Known for her animal rights activism, the actress founded the Doris Day Animal League and the Doris Day Animal Foundation later in her career.

With her lilting contralto, wholesome blonde beauty and glowing smile, Day was a top box office draw and recording artist known for such films as "Pillow Talk" and "That Touch of Mink" and for such songs as "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" from the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Man Who Knew Too Much". Growing up she gravitated towards singing and had her first hit "Sentimental Journey", in 1945, which was co-written by Les Brown and recorded with his band.

In all, according to her Foundation, Day made 39 films.

In 1939, Rapp encouraged Doris to adopt the stage name "Day" and she quickly found her fame with her lovely rendition of "Day After Day".

Though she has been largely out of the public eye for years, devoting herself to the animals she loved and the Foundation she created for them, Day continued to have a strong place in the nation's heart. She was a lifelong animal lover and an advocate for animal welfare.

She followed with Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much", starring with James Stewart as an innocent couple ensnared in an worldwide assassination plot. Speaking as a member of the later generation that fell in love with Day, I can only say that her impact was massive, wonderful, and positive.

Que Sera Sera: Probably one of Day's famous songs, this song is available on Spotify.

Her singing opened the door to acting, and in 1959, she was the star of "Pillow Talk" and in 1963, "Move Over, Darling" and "The Thrill of it All". That show was "The Doris Day Show".

Jorden was older - 23 - and Day told her mother, Standard recalled, "He's a creep and I wouldn't go out with him if they were giving away gold nuggets at the movie!"

Day asked to have no funeral, memorial service or grave marker, her foundation said. As the '60s wound down, Day turned to TV, having been forced there by a contract signed by late husband Melcher without her knowledge.

After her retirement, Day enjoyed a quiet life out of the spotlight at her home in Carmel Valley, CA. She was predeceased by her son, Terry Melcher, in 2004.

She bolstered her wholesome image with her hit television variety program The Doris Day Show.

Day was married four times, the last marriage ending in divorce in 1981.


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