Legendary American actress and singer Doris Day dies aged 97

Day plays chorus girl Ethel

The singer turned actress acted in such films as Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk and had a hit in 1956 with Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be). Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1922, Day went on to become a star of the Classical Hollywood era, beginning with her role in 1948's Romance On The High Seas.

Hollywood icon Doris Day has passed away at the age of 97, her representatives have confirmed.

Day celebrated her 97th birthday on just ten days ago on April 3. "Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death", the foundation said in an emailed statement'.

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She never won an Academy Award, but Day was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, as George W. Bush declared it "a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio made a decision to become an entertainer". She starred in 39 films during the span of her iconic career.

By the late '60s, Day's squeaky-clean persona fell out of step with the times and her appeal waned. This was a major blow to the star who was very close to her son. In 1989, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment at the Golden Globes.

Day was married four times: Al Jorden (m. 1941; div. 1943), George Weidler (m. 1946; div. 1949), Martin Melcher (m. 1951; died 1968) and Barry Comden (m. 1976; div. 1981). Terry died in 2004 of melanoma, after a long illness.

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