What Were Doris Day's Most Famous Roles?

What Were Doris Day's Most Famous Roles?

Paul McCartney, who visited her home in California, described her as a true star and "very amusing lady" with a heart of gold.

It said she had been "in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia". Her manager and close friend Bob Bashara told people.com: "No funeral, no memorial and no (grave) marker".

The youngest of three children, Day was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in 1922.

The statement continued: "During her three decades of work in film, Day starred in almost every genre, not just as a singer/dancer but as an actress with superb comic timing, a natural talent for interpreting a role and a gift for evoking emotion". The running joke, attributed to both Groucho Marx and actor-composer Oscar Levant, was that they had known Day "before she was a virgin". "You know, it's not coming back again and enjoy each day", she said.

By the mid-'70s, she withdrew from the limelight to focus on animal rights and set up the Doris Day Animal League and Doris Day Animal Foundation.

An avid animal lover and animal welfare advocate, Day was brought up Catholic and was a practicing Christian Scientist after marrying producer Martin Melcher.

After retiring from performing, Day worked mainly with the Doris Day Animal Foundation, helping abused animals.

Despite her wholesome public persona, Day sometimes had a hard life. And the second husband said, "I don't want to be Mr. Doris Day".

But she found her greatest success in slick, stylish sex comedies, beginning with 1959's Oscar-nominated "Pillow Talk", in which she and Hudson played two New Yorkers who shared a telephone party line. Throughout the course of her career, she appeared in 39 films.


All of the upheaval in Doris Day's life, however, was kept in the background. "She was surrounded by a few loved ones". She also received the Cecil B. DeMille award in 1989.

It was in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The Man Who Knew Too Much", that Day sang what is now an evergreen track "Que Sera, Sera..."

Doris Day, whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in films in the 1960s, has died aged 97.

Day was cast in "Romance on the High Seas" after Judy Garland and Betty Hutton bowed out.

In spite of her command of the box office, Day's "Suzy Creamcheese" persona became rapidly dated as the films of the '60s took a turn toward gritty realism and graphic sexuality - she missed her chance to be Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate" (1967), turning her nose up at the film's "vulgar" script - and Day's film career ground to a halt with 1968's "With Six You Get Eggroll".

She had one son, Terry Melcher, who died of melanoma in 2004.

Melcher died unexpectedly in 1968, leaving Day with a CBS sitcom and in financial straits.

Day married a fourth time at age 52, to businessman Barry Comden in 1976.

'All my life, I have never felt lonely with a dog I loved at my side, no matter how many times I've been alone, ' she said in her memoir.

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