Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Doris Day Dies: 'Pillow Talk' Star, Singer Dead at 97

Doris Day Dies: 'Pillow Talk' Star, Singer Dead at 97

Day is regarded as one of the leading actresses of the '50s and '60s, and was one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, working in 39 films that spanned almost every movie genre.

In 1941, Day appeared with the band as a singer in three Soundies (three-minute musical films) and her performance of "Embraceable You" led her to get the part in Michael Curtiz' romantic comedy, Romance on the High Seas.

From Calamity Jane to Pillow Talk, we compiled her five most memorable on-screen moments. Day is terrific opposite James Cagney as a stylized version of 1920s songstress Ruth Etting in Charles Vidor's Love Me or Leave Me (1955): She's a woman under the sway of a gangster who has virtually bought her career for her; his cruelty toward her is too steep a price.

Day started her career as a singer, with her hit Sentimental Journey becoming a signature tune.

Her singing career began after working on WLW radio program Carlin's Carnival.

She was well known for her animal welfare activism in later life. The first was Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much", co-starring Jimmy Stewart.

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Doris Day, is shown in this 1962 photo, was a recording star in the 1940s, and a popular film star from the early1950s through the early 1960s. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in recognition of her service to her country and the needs of others. The movie not only earned her the only Oscar nomination for acting that she ever received, but also sparked a series of movies starring the duo, including Lover, Come Back and Send Me No Flowers.

You can nearly hear Day swoon in this romantic cover of the Frank Sinatra standard, recorded in 1962 with pianist Andre Previn.

The Doris Day Show: According to, this sitcom originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 1968 until March 1973. In most of the films following "Pillow Talk", Melcher was listed as co-producer.

Doris Day mostly stayed out of the spotlight after leaving all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood behind. He was also famous for an aspiring musician he turned down, Charles Manson. When Manson and his followers embarked on their murderous rampage in 1969, they headed for a house once owned by Melcher and instead came upon actress Sharon Tate and some visitors, all of whom were killed.

She ended up marrying a fourth time to Barry Comden in 1976, but they divorced in 1982.

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