Words: Steve Brown
Doris Day has died at the age of 97.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed the Hollywood actress – who is best known for starring in Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk – sadly passed away after contracting a ‘serious case of pneumonia’.
She celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3.
Day was an animal rights activist and she was a close friend to Hollywood heartthrob Rock Hudson.
The Hollywood legend was married four times and had only child, Terry, who died in 2004.
As an actress, she became the biggest female film star in the early 1960s, and ranked sixth among the box office performers by 2012.
In 2011, she released her 29th studio album, 'My Heart', which became a UK Top 10 album featuring new material.
Among her awards, Day has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers.
In 1960, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and in 1989 was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.