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. She lived in Monterey, California, devoting much of her time to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, and battling sensational reports that she'd become a broke recluse and a "bag lady".
What people said about her: "For those of us in my generation, Doris Day was synonymous with Hollywood icon".
In recent years, Day had been an animal rights advocate and her Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed her death at her Carmel Valley, California, home.
Day also found success as a singer with Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) arguably her biggest and most familiar hit. Day earned her Oscar nomination opposite Rock Hudson in 1959 romantic comedy Pillow Talk, the first of three rom-coms they filmed together. In that film, she sang "Que Será, Será", which became one of her signature songs - and which was used as the theme for her TV series The Doris Day Show, which ran from 1968 to 1973.
The actress was married four times, to musicians Al Jorden (1941-1943) and George Weidler (1946-1949), film producer Martin Melcher (1951-68) and restaurateur Barry Comden (1976-1981).
She was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. In 1974, Day won a $22.8 million judgment against her lawyer and business manager for mishandling of her and Melcher's assets.
Beach Boys singer Mike Love wrote in his 2016 memoir, Good Vibrations, that Day had possibly saved her son from being murdered by serial killer Charles Manson's followers.
Her eponymous animal foundation have revealed the Calamity Jane actress wanted to be buried in an unmarked grave but fans wishing to pay their respects can honour the star by visiting their charity.More news: Dwight Gayle sent off after Jack Grealish inspires Aston Villa fightback
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She had celebrated her 97th birthday just last month with almost 300 fans who gathered in Carmel to celebrate with her.
Family Guy creator and musical fan Seth MacFarlane said, "We've lost another great Hollywood talent", and posted a video of her performing "Shaking the Blues Away" from the 1955 movie Love Me or Leave Me.
Her wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in 1950s and 1960s movies. When she wasn't enjoying life in nature, the singer devoted her time to various charitable organizations. There were a few would-be comebacks in the early 80s that never came to be, including a "Pillow Talk" sequel.
"I will miss her but will always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh", McCartney said on his website.
She was born on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio. "She had a heart of gold and was a very amusing lady who I shared many laughs with".
With movies trending toward more explicit sex, she turned to television to recoup her finances.
We invite you to share condolences for Doris Day in our Guest Book. "She could sing light or strong in any part of her range". Melcher was the adoptive father of her only child - son Terry Melcher, who died of cancer in 2004.