Celebrated Entertainer Doris Day Has Passed Away At The Age Of 97

The legendary actress and golden-voiced crooner Doris Day has passed away at the age of 97, the Doris Day Animal Foundation has confirmed to the press. Day had just learned her true birthday of April 3, 1922, thinking for most of her life that she was two years younger, according to a story in Time.

Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, she initially began her career as a singer with her hit song “Sentimental Journey” and later became a highly celebrated actress of the silver screen. She began honing her talent as a singer after she became injured with a leg injury in a car accident as a teenager.

Her hero at the time was Ella Fitzgerald and by 1946, Doris was following in her footsteps by holding the title of highest paid female band vocalist worldwide. Remarkably, Fitzgerald even covered one of Day’s songs later in life.

Day’s acting success quickly followed and her star shone brighter as she became the go-to lead for romantic comedies starting in 1959. The pairing of Day and Rock Hudson proved to be a splendid success, and they remain a beloved on-screen duo of film history.

On top of her storied career, Day was also known for her fierce defense of animal rights: She lobbied Congress on behalf of animal welfare and created several animal welfare organizations including a horse sanctuary. It’s clear that her sunny personality and warm heart were not just personas in movies.

She will have an enduring legacy and will be missed. Let’s keep her memory alive through her wonderful work: Do you remember your first Doris Day movie or favorite song?