Doris Day, Hollywood star of the 1950s and '60s, dead at 97

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Doris Day never forgot her Cincinnati roots, saying in 2017 that she missed the Queen City and had "so many lovely memories" here.

Hollywood legend Doris Day has died at the age of 97.

Her death was announced by her charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, on Monday. She starred in Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 film "The Man Who Knew Too Much" with Jimmy Stewart, 1958's "Teacher's Pet" with Clark Gable, and 1962's "That Touch of Mink" with Cary Grant. Her friend goes in her place, which complicates matters as she is being watched by a private detective who is hired by the supposedly-cheating husband who also suspects his wife is unfaithful. She was a dedicated protector of animal rights & animal welfare on top of her wonderful voice and fantastic on-screen talent.

"I've always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays", Day said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Her The Thrill of It all and Move Over, Darling co-star, James Garner, also said of Day: "I'd rather have Doris than Liz Taylor". Day received an Academy Award Best Actress nomination for the latter film.

Doris began her career as a singer, with her breakthrough hit "Sentimental Journey" being re-recorded several times over her career, and she became one of the highest-paid vocalists in the United States in the 1950s.

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In her later years, Day was a committed activist for animal rights, founding what would become the Doris Day Animal Foundation in 1978.

"Doris' wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker", the statement concludes. Instead of dancing, I sang.

The woman with the golden voice married four times and knew lots of love in her life. A bandleader changed her name to Day after the song "Day after Day" to fit it on a marquee. While recovering, Day accidentally discovered a hidden talent while singing along to the radio. After Melcher died of heart disease in 1968, Day discovered that his failed investments left her deeply in debt.

Singing success then led to screen opportunities and Day was cast in her first film, 1948's Romance on the High Seas.

As the 1960s became more filled with experimental and alternative filmmaking styles, Doris Day's star began to dim.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this hard time.

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