Hollywood Legend Doris Day Passed Away Monday
The Doris Day Animal Foundation released a statement Monday morning explaining that the actress had passed away. She was 97 years old.
It said she was “in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia.” They also said, “She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed.”
She was in her home in Carmel Valley, California.
Doris Day Legacy
Doris Day was born Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff in April 1922. She dreamed of being a dancer, but she broke her leg in a car accident, she abandoned that hope.
Instead, she began singing. At the age of fifteen, her song “Sentimental Journey” became an instant classic. My personal favorite song of hers is “It’s Magic” or her and Sinatra singing Irving Berlin’s “Let’s Take an Old Fashioned Walk.” In 2011, she released a compilation album called My Heart, which reached number one in the UK.
She got into movies and became an archetypal American sweetheart. Her films opposite Rock Hudson became a staple of Hollywood in the 50s and 60s. Her other films such as The Man Who Knew Too Much (directed by Alfred Hitchcock) and That Touch of Mink (directed by Delbert Mann) made her a household name.
Sadly, she never won an Oscar, although she was nominated in 1960 for her role in Pillow Talk, her first collaboration with Hudson. Later In her life, she did receive other awards. In 2004, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2008, she earned a lifetime achievement Grammy.
The Image vs Real Life
The image of a sweet and wholesome woman was not a true reflection of Day’s life. She married four times and divorced three. One husband died. Another squandered her money which led to a serious mental breakdown for her. She had only one child, from her first husband, Al Jordan.
She even said that the image of “Miss Chastity Belt” was “more make-believe than any film part [she] ever played.”
After her success in movies, she turned her attention elsewhere. In the 70s she started her animal foundation and spent more energy there. According to her foundation, she wanted no funeral service or grave marker. I hope that at least Turner Classic Movies will show a marathon of her films.
Rest in peace, Doris Day. A legendary talent.