Hollywood legend Doris Day has died aged 97

Doris Day

Former Beatle Paul McCartney said Day was a "true star" who had "a heart of gold".

Jorden was older - 23 - and Day told her mother, Standard recalled, "He's a creep and I wouldn't go out with him if they were giving away gold nuggets at the movie!" Instead, she turned to singing.

"She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, 'Que sera sera, ' but we will miss her dearly anyway".

Doris Day mostly stayed out of the spotlight after leaving all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood behind.

She celebrated her 97th birthday on 3 April. She abandoned that dream after her right leg was broken in an auto accident.

Day, born Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff, started her career as a singer at 15, and her biggest hits were "Sentimental Journey" and "Que Sera Sera".

Doris was launched straight into stardom at age 17 when she began her career as a big band singer with Les Brown & His Band of Renown in 1939.

Tragically, her only child, Terry Melcher, died in 2004 of melanoma.

There's the Doris Day of Michael Curtiz's Romance on the High Seas, from 1948, Day's first film role.

A series of musicals followed with Day often playing a singer trying to break into the entertainment world: "My Dream Is Yours" in 1949, "It's a Great Feeling" in 1949 and "Tea for Two" in 1950. "I love to laugh", said the star who made so many others laugh and sing.

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Doris' notable works also included The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1956 and The Pajama Game in 1975, which is a movie based on the famed Broadway musical.

The star's last major hit in the USA, it is notable for the third verse - where Day's performance of the first and second verses superimposed, creating the illusion she's singing with herself. It felt like a punch to the gut, even though Day had been retired for decades, focusing her attention on animal rescue projects.

Thankfully, in 1974, the actress won a $22.8 million judgment against her lawyer and business manager Jerome B. Rosenthal for mishandling her's and Melcher's assets.

The CBS show turned out to be a success and had a five-year run from 1968-1973.

Day had married Melcher, who worked in her agent's office, in 1951.

Day was married four times, the last marriage ending in divorce in 1981.

The Humane Society of the United States, of which The Doris Day Animal League is an affiliate, praised Day as a pioneer in animal protection.

Day received the the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

"Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style", he said in a statement.

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