Tributes pour in after death of Hollywood icon Doris Day

Tributes pour in after death of Hollywood Actress Doris Day

Hollywood actress Doris Day has died aged 97

Monday, May 13, 2019

Hollywood film star Doris Day has died at the age of 97 at her California home.

The Calamity Jane actress died at her home in Carmel Valley, the Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed today.

The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends and "had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia".

Tributes have flooded in on social media since the news emerged, including from veteran actor George Takei, and broadcaster Piers Morgan.

"For those of us in my generation, Doris Day was synonymous with Holly wood icon. She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, "Que sera sera," but we will miss her dearly anyway," wrote Mr Takei.

"Rest now in our hearts forever, Ms. Day."

Day was among a handful of actresses that rose to fame in the 1950s and 60s, some of the movies she stared in were Pillow Talk, Calamity Jane and Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Although she did not win an Academy Award, Day was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 where George W Bush declared it "a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff, of Evanston, Ohio, decided to become an entertainer".

In recent years Day spent much of her time advocating for animal rights.

As well as starring in much loved iconic Hollywood films, Day was also a Grammy-winning singer. 

Her songs Sentimental Journey, Secret Love and Que Sera Sera have all been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

She is survived by her only grandson, Ryan Melcher.

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