Legendary entertainer, singer and animal advocate Doris Day passed away early this morning according to ABC News. She was 97. Doris Day had an amazing career as an actress and a singer, and then went to to become one of the foremost animal advocates of our time. She not only acted in movies, but also had her own TV show, The Doris Day show between 1968 and 1973. Of course, everyone always put her and Rock Hudson together because of the movies they were in together and they remained great friends until Rock's passing in 1985. Doris has been retired from show business since the late 80's but continued her animal advocacy until the end. She will be missed.
Day was an actress, a singer and an animal rights activist. On television, she headlined the CBS sitcom The Doris Day Show, which ran for a total of five seasons and 128 episodes between 1968 and 1973.
On the big screen, Day was nominated for an Academy Award for her starring role in 1959’s Pillow Talk. Her big-screen reign continued throughout the 1960s; subsequent hits includedLover Come Back, That Touch of Mink,The Thrill of It All, Send Me No FlowersandMove Over, Darling.
In 1989, Day was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 46th annual Golden Globe Awards. By then, she had mostly retired from show business.
In music, Day got her start as a big band singer. She first made it big with 1945’s “Sentimental Journey,” on which she was accompanied by Les Brown and His Band of Renown. All told, she put out a total of 20 studio albums. Her most recent release, 2011’sMy Heart, was comprised of previously unheard material.
In 2009, Day was endowed with the Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Three of her songs have been inducted into the Grammys Hall of Fame, including “Sentimental Journey,” “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” and “Secret Love.”