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Doris Day, 50’s & 60’s Sweetheart, Dead at 97

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Doris Day, the beloved sweetheart of the 50’s and 60’s  passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019,  at the age of 97 of pneumonia.

Day passed away early Monday morning at her Carmel Valley home while surrounded by friends and loved ones. She just celebrated her 97th birthday last month on April 3, with 300 fans that celebrated with her.

Day was best known as the top female box-office star in Hollywood in the early 1960’s.

Her early success was found as a big band vocalist during World War II, before she made almost 40 movies in two decades. Day was originally born Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati. Her dream career was to be a dancer, but she had to give that up because she injured her right leg in a car accident when she was a teenager.

After that she became a performer on local radio and then she joined a swing band. The bandleader of the swing band was scared that Day’s last name, Kappelhoff was very long for a marquee, so he made her Doris Day after a song she sang called “Day After Day”.  As a singer in  Les Brown’s Band, her song “Sentimental Journey” was a hit. Later, Brown  said, “I’d say next to [Frank] Sinatra, Doris is the best in the business on selling a lyric.”  Day recorded more than 600 songs and made almost 30 albums.

In 1948, her impressive singing vocals led her to a movie debut in “Romance on the High Seas” and she was also offered a contract from Warner Brothers Studios. Her singing career reached it’s peak in 1953 when she performed in a western musical called “Calamity Jane”.

Towards the middle of the 70’s, Day retreated from the public eye to start the Doris Day Animal League and Doris Day Animal Foundation.  In an interview with Terry Gross from “Fresh Air”, she revealed that, at one point, she had over 30 dogs.

In 2008, Day received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, her album “My Heart” made the UK top 10.

Doris Day will always be remembered for her amazing singing voice and for her many movies that she has starred in.

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