Doris Day, the Academy Award-winning singer of “Que Será, Será” and a Golden Age of Hollywood movie icon, died on Monday at 97 from complications of pneumonia, according to her foundation. Day had an enormously popular entertainment career, and is one offemale box-office stars of all time.
Along with her vast body of work in Hollywood, Day is also remembered for her role on television. From 1968 to 1973 she starred in “The Doris Day Show” on CBS, a sitcom that ran for five seasons.
Day was born Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of three children. Her natural talent for music was established early in her life, when she began singing at 15 and received a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1947. Her singing soon led to an acting career and starring roles in 39 films over several decades.
Aside from her accomplished entertainment career, Day was a committed animal welfare activist. She founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation and the Doris Day Animal League and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. Day’s only child, her son Terry Melcher, a musician and music producer, died in 2004.