Legendary Hollywood star Doris Day has died at the age of 97

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One of the most popular stars in the movie industry in the '50s and '60s, Day was known for her wholesome girl-next-door personality, her comedies that pushed the envelope and her public love life.

Doris Day, the USA screen icon famed for her wholesome, girl-next-door appeal in a string of box office hits, died Monday at age 97, her foundation said in a statement to United States media.

"[Day was in] excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia", the statement read."She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed".

"Since the '70s, Day had focused her energies on the Doris Day Animal Foundation".

Day started as a big band singer in 1939, and shot to stardom in 1945 with her first hit record Sentimental Journey. She changed her surname at the suggestion of a band leader who heard her sing "Day by Day".

Born on April 3, 1922 as Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff, the wide-eyed star was the youngest of three siblings and lived with her parents in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Day received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. 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. He "complained that he took second place to her many dogs", the newspaper reported. "And she said, 'God gave me a voice and all I did was use it'".

She was most famous in the 1950s through to the early 1960s, and her on-screen patnership with Hudson was one of the biggest draws to the box office. My mother drifting around doing housework while wistfully singing Que Sera Sera, sounding as if she really wanted to be somewhere else, such as romantically walking down Broadway or across Hollywood.

The star's last major hit in the United States, 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. Her movies may come from another time - and even then more of a confection than a reflection - but utterly charming.

"With Six You Get Eggroll" was her last film in 1968.

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

In 1976, Day married restaurant owner Barry Comden but they also divorced. After Melcher died of heart disease in 1968, Day discovered that his failed investments left her deeply in debt.

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