Legendary actress, singer and animal activist Doris Day has died at the age of 97. As reported by her official website and foundation, the actress famous for her roles in “Pillow Talk,” “Calamity Jane,” “Love Me or Leave Me” and “Move Over, Darling,” passed away in her home in Carmel Valley, Calif.
Day had a remarkable film career that spanned thirty years. Her first acting role was starring in the 1948 romance musical “Romance on the High Seas,” alongside Jack Carson. The film went on to score two musical nominations at the Academy Awards. Day always championed animal advocacy and in 1978, founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps animals and the people that love them. Using her celebrity status, she brought much needed attention to the landscape of animal welfare, an area that sorely needed awareness in the 1970s.
She starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” with costar James Stewart. The thriller followed the story of a couple, a physician and his wife, who take matters into their own hands after the kidnapping of their son. In 1960, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in Michael Gordon’s “Pillow Talk.” Day’s indelible energy made her one of Hollywood’s most wholesome starlets. Throughout her career, she starred in various projects across genres. She was a multi-faceted actress who also sang her heart out.
Snippets from the official press release:
Nearly 300 fans gathered in Carmel last month to celebrate Day’s birthday. Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia , resulting in her death. She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed.
Doris’ passionate work on behalf of dogs, cats, horses, sea lions, raptors and other animals in need of rescue, veterinary care and adoption will not end. The Doris Day Animal Foundation is committed to continuing its work as a grant-giving organization, funding smaller animal welfare non-profits across the country. Doris’ wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker.