By Creative Media TimesDoris Day, the legendary girl-next door singer and actress who appeared in “Pillow Talk” and many other 1950s and 1960s romantic comedies has died, according to the Associated Press. She died at her home in Carmel Valley, California. She was 97.
Day is one of the most popular and successful Hollywood actresses of all time, once topping both the billboard music and box-office charts.
In 1959, she co-starred with Rock Hudson in the romantic comedy film Pillow Talk. Directed by Michael Gordon, the film earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination. She also starred in boxoffice hits Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960) and That Touch of Mink (1962) among others.
Day also had a very successful music career. In 1945, she had two highly successful records “Sentimental Journey” and “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time” with Les Brown & His Band of Renown, and between 1947 and 1967, she has recorded over 650 songs.
Her singing talent came in handy in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock boxoffice hit suspense film The Man Who Knew Too Much, where she costarred with James Stewart.
In the film, she sang her rendition of the legendary song “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”. Written by the team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, the song reached number two on Billboard Hot 100 chart, then later won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The song was also used as a theme song in the sitcom “The Doris Day Show”, which aired on CBS from 1968 to 1973, later becoming her signature song.
Day also topped the US singles chart with “Love Somebody” (w/ Buddy Clark) in 1948, “A Guy Is a Guy” in 1952, and “Secret Love” in 1954.
She later became an advocate of animal rights, founding the Doris Day Pet Foundation in 1978, now known as Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF).