Legendary Actress and Singer Doris Day Dies at Age 97

Doris Day was famed for her wholesome girl-next-door appeal in a string of box office hits

Actress and singer Doris Day dies aged 97

Day herself was no Doris Day, by choice and by hard luck. A gay icon due to her films with actor Rock Hudson and this coded queer tune from Calamity Jane.

Actress Doris Day has died at the age of 97. She starred in the CBS sitcom The Doris Day Show from 1968 through 1973, which followed her as a widow living in the big city who suddenly has to move back to the rural countryside with her sons.

She celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3.

In 1953, she landed the title role of "Calamity Jane", and success continued in 1955 as she teamed with Frank Sinatra for the musical "Young at Heart" and with James Cagney for the drama "Love Me or Leave Me".

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Doris was a decorated performer throughout her life, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2008. In fact, she began her career off the silver screen by utilizing the talents of her lovely singing voice. The latter landed her an Oscar for Best Song too. She revealed the bombshell in her tell-all and said she only discovered this after he died. Despite an ever-changing format, it ran for five seasons, gave her financial stability and kept her working as she coped with the loss of her spouse of 17 years. It was with Brown that she notched her first hit, 1945's "Sentimental Journey".

With his wife's film career in decline due to mediocre movies he initiated, husband Melcher began to explore options on TV despite her opposition. Her singing soon led to an acting career and starring roles in 39 films over several decades.

The star fell in love with the song the first time that co-writer Sammy Fain played it for her.

The Man Who Knew Too Much: Scoring 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this Hitchcock film is actually a remake of his original film made in 1939. She sings "Que Sera, Sera" just as the story reaches its climax and viewers are beside themselves with suspense. Day later starred opposite Clark Gable in 1958 comedy Teacher's Pet.

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Though Day's last film role was in the 1968 comedy "With Six You Get Eggroll", the singer-actress has remained an icon of old Hollywood. The nation's theater owners voted her the top moneymaking star in 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964.

One shared Day's recording of "Secret Love" and said: "Well this is sad".

With movies trending for more explicit sex, she turned to television to recoup her finances.

At 17, Day married Al Jorden, a trombone player who she later claimed beat her.

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