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PHOTOS: Remembering the life and career of Doris Day

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Doris Day, born on April 3, 1922, was a legendary singer and actress with a career spanning more than six decades. Her prolific career began in 1939 as a big band singer, recording more than 650 songs in a twenty-year solo music career. Day starred in numerous films, including Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' (1956) opposite James Stewart, 'The Pajama Game' (1957), 'Pillow Talk' (1959) opposite Rock Hudson, 'That Touch of Mink' (1962) opposite Cary Grant and 'With Six You Get Eggroll' (1968) opposite Brian Keith. She was a lifelong animal lover and supporter. In 1978, she founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation which helps animals in need find forever homes, while personally having rescued and fostered hundreds of animals at her own home. Day died of pneumonia on May 13, 2019, at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif., after being in excellent health for her age. She was 97.
Doris Day, the legendary singer and actress with a career spanning more than six decades, is photographed in 1961. Born on April 3, 1922, Day's prolific career began in 1939 as a big band singer, recording more than 650 songs in a twenty-year solo music career. She starred in numerous films including Alfred Hitchcock's
Doris Day, the legendary singer and actress with a career spanning more than six decades, was photographed in 1961. Born on April 3, 1922, Day’s prolific career began in 1939 as a big band singer, recording more than 650 songs in a twenty-year solo music career. She starred in numerous films including Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956) opposite James Stewart, “The Pajama Game” (1957), “Pillow Talk” (1959) opposite Rock Hudson, “That Touch of Mink” (1962) opposite Cary Grant and “With Six You Get Eggroll” (1968) opposite Brian Keith. She was a lifelong animal lover and supporter. In 1978, she founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation which helps animals in need find forever homes, while personally having rescued and fostered hundreds of animals at her own home. Day died of pneumonia on May 13, 2019, at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif. after being in excellent health for her age. She was 97.
Actress and singer Doris Day is photographed in a two-piece bathing suit in 1948.
Actress and singer Doris Day is photographed in a two-piece bathing suit in 1948.
Screen actress Doris Day compares the whiskers sported by actor Steve Cochran, just back from a two-week vacation, with his pet dog named Tschaikowsky on May 2, 1950, in Los Angeles. Cochran visits Day on the set of
Screen actress Doris Day compares the whiskers sported by actor Steve Cochran, just back from a two-week vacation, with his pet dog named Tschaikowsky on May 2, 1950, in Los Angeles. Cochran visits Day on the set of “Tea for Two” in Hollywood.
Actress Doris Day rehearses with actor Gene Nelson for a production of
Actress Doris Day rehearses with actor Gene Nelson for a production of “Tea for Two” on April 2, 1950, in Burbank, Calif.
Hollywood singer and film actress Doris Day is at a nightclub with her husband Marty Melcher, a music publisher and film producer, on Aug. 30, 1954, in Los Angeles.
Hollywood singer and film actress Doris Day is at a nightclub with her husband Marty Melcher, a music publisher and film producer, on Aug. 30, 1954, in Los Angeles.
Actress Doris Day and her husband Martin Melcher are at the film premiere of
Actress Doris Day and her husband Martin Melcher are at the film premiere of “A Star Is Born” featuring Judy Garland on Oct. 13, 1954.
Actress and singer Doris Day performs in a scene from
Actress and singer Doris Day performs in a scene from “Love Me or Leave Me” on Jan. 29, 1955, in Los Angeles.
Singer-actress, Doris Day (originally Doris Von Kappelhoff), attends a reception at Claridge's on April 12, 1955, in London.
Singer-actress, Doris Day (originally Doris Von Kappelhoff), attends a reception at Claridge’s on April 12, 1955, in London.
Film actress and singer Doris Day shops with actor Van Johnson, right, on May 3, 1955, in the Italian Riviera resort of San Remo.
Film actress and singer Doris Day shops with actor Van Johnson, right, on May 3, 1955, in the Italian Riviera resort of San Remo.
American actress and singer Doris Day holds a bouquet of roses at Le Bourget Airport on April 15, 1955, in Paris, after flying in from London. Day planned to spend a week in Paris before traveling to the Cannes Film Festival.
American actress and singer Doris Day holds a bouquet of roses at Le Bourget Airport on April 15, 1955, in Paris, after flying in from London. Day planned to spend a week in Paris before traveling to the Cannes Film Festival.
Doris Day poses on a red Schwinn bicycle circa 1955.
Doris Day poses on a red Schwinn bicycle circa 1955.
(L-R) Doris Day, Frank Sinatra and Lauren Bacall are pictured at the Sands Hotel on Sept. 14, 1956, in Las Vegas, Nev.
(L-R) Doris Day, Frank Sinatra and Lauren Bacall are pictured at the Sands Hotel on Sept. 14, 1956, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Actress Doris Day is shown in costume for the 1957 movie
Actress Doris Day is shown in costume for the 1957 movie “The Pajama Game.”
Doris Day smiles as she arrives at Grand Central Terminal on Sept. 8, 1957, in New York. The star of
Doris Day smiles as she arrives at Grand Central Terminal on Sept. 8, 1957, in New York. The star of “The Pajama Game” is visiting here with her husband, Marty Melcher.
Doris Day and Tony Curtis pose with their Henrietta Awards (World Film Favorites), presented by the Foreign Press Association of Hollywood, on Feb. 26, 1958, at its annual awards dinner in Los Angeles.
Doris Day and Tony Curtis pose with their Henrietta Awards (World Film Favorites), presented by the Foreign Press Association of Hollywood, on Feb. 26, 1958, at its annual awards dinner in Los Angeles.
Doris Day alights at Penn Station on May 22, 1958, in New York, after training in from the Coast. She's all done up as railroader by way of getting into the mood for her next film,
After training in from the Coast, Doris Day alights at Penn Station on May 22, 1958, in New York. She’s all done up as a railroader by way of getting into the mood for her next film, “Miss Casey Jones,” which Columbia released under the title “It Happened to Jane.”
Recently named Movieland's biggest box office draw for
Recently named Movieland’s biggest box office draw for “Pillow Talk,” Doris Day wheels into Grand Central Terminal on Oct. 19, 1959, with a pile of luggage. She came to town for a short visit from California via the rails.
The Winning Team: Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall in
The Winning Team: Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall in “Pillow Talk,” (1959) the first of three blockbuster comedies for the trio.
Doris Day, one of the best actress of the year nominees for her role in
Doris Day, one of the best actress of the year nominees for her role in “Pillow Talk,” and her producer husband Martin Melcher, arrive for the 32nd Academy Awards presentations on April 4, 1960, at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles.
Doris Day presents Oscars to Sammy Cahn, left, and Jimmy Van Heusen, who wrote the song
Doris Day presents Oscars to Sammy Cahn, left, and Jimmy Van Heusen, who wrote the song “High Hopes,” at the 32nd Academy Awards on April 4, 1960, in Hollywood, Calif. The song was called best of the year by the Motion Picture Academy.
Producer Ross Hunter watches as Doris Day consumes his gift of candied fruit on May 11, 1960, in Los Angeles.
Producer Ross Hunter watches as Doris Day consumes his gift of candied fruit on May 11, 1960, in Los Angeles.
Cinema lovely Doris Day takes a ride on the baggage wagon at arrival on Oct. 2, 1960, at Grand Central Terminal. Day is in New York with her husband, producer Martin Melcher, for the world premiere of her latest film,
Cinema lovely Doris Day takes a ride on the baggage wagon at arrival on Oct. 2, 1960, at Grand Central Terminal. Day is in New York with her husband, producer Martin Melcher, for the world premiere of her latest film, “Midnight Lace.”
Actress Doris Day and actor Cary Grant stand in the dugout with New York Yankees players, from left, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra, before the Yankees-Angels game on July 12, 1962, in Los Angeles. The players appeared in the movie
Actress Doris Day and actor Cary Grant stand in the dugout with New York Yankees players, from left, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra, before the Yankees-Angels game on July 12, 1962, in Los Angeles. The players appeared in the movie “A Touch of Mink” with Day and Grant.
Actor Rock Hudson puts an arm around actress Doris Day on March 5, 1963, in Los Angeles, as they pose with their Golden Globes after being named world film favorites at the 20th Golden Globe Awards by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Actor Rock Hudson puts an arm around actress Doris Day on March 5, 1963, in Los Angeles, as they pose with their Golden Globes after being named world film favorites at the 20th Golden Globe Awards by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Doris Day is photographed in 1965.
Doris Day is photographed in 1965.
Rod Taylor, Australian movie star, celebrates his 35th birthday by working on the set
Rod Taylor, Australian movie star, celebrates his 35th birthday by working on the set “Do Not Disturb” and gets a big birthday kiss on Jan. 11, 1965, from co-star Doris Day in Hollywood. It was the opening day of shooting for the movie. Day has again been named number one at the box office in a poll conducted annually by motion picture exhibitors.
Doris Day is photographed on Feb. 15, 1965.
Doris Day is photographed on Feb. 15, 1965.
This is a portrait of movie and television star, singer, and a friend to all the animals, Doris Day, circa, 1966.
This is a portrait of movie and television star, singer, and a friend to all the animals, Doris Day, circa, 1966.
American actress Doris Day is with her son, rock producer and songwriter Terry Melcher (1942 - 2004), in the early 1970s. Melcher also served as the executive producer of his mother's television series
American actress Doris Day is with her son, rock producer and songwriter Terry Melcher (1942 – 2004), in the early 1970s. Melcher also served as the executive producer of his mother’s television series “The Doris Day Show” from 1968 to 1972.
Hollywood actress Doris Day arrives at London's Heathrow Airport on Sept. 20, 1973, for a vacation in England.
Hollywood actress Doris Day arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport on Sept. 20, 1973, for a vacation in England.
Actress and singer Doris Day is interviewed on Jan. 6, 1976, in New York, about her new book
Actress and singer Doris Day is interviewed on Jan. 6, 1976, in New York, about her new book “Doris Day: Her Own Story,” written by A.E. Hotchner.
Doris Day is photographed with her husband Barry Comden, May 7, 1976, at The Pierre in New York. They were married in California in April.
Doris Day is photographed with her husband Barry Comden, May 7, 1976, at The Pierre in New York. They were married in California in April.
Doris Day and Rock Hudson speak at a news conference on July 18, 1985, in Monterey, Calif.
Doris Day and Rock Hudson speak at a news conference on July 18, 1985, in Monterey, Calif.
Clint Eastwood and Doris Day at the 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 29, 1989, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Day was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her outstanding contribution to the film industry and Eastwood won a Golden Globe for motion picture directing for his work on
Clint Eastwood and Doris Day at the 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 29, 1989, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Day was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her outstanding contribution to the film industry and Eastwood won a Golden Globe for motion picture directing for his work on “Bird.”

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