Washington, May 13 : Doris Day, legendary American actress and singer, who covered the screen in 50s and 60s, has died at a age of 97.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed about her death early on Monday.
"Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death," the foundation said in an emailed statement.
Day was one of the most popular actress in history of cinema. The blonde beauty was known for films--Pillow Talk, That Touch of Milk. Her last film was "With Six You Get Eggroll," a 1968 comedy about a widow and a widower.
Whatever Will Be, Will Be, is one of her best recorded song. The track featured in The Man Who Knew Too Much film. She was paralled to her contemporary Marilyn Monroe. However, the american beauty couldn't won an Academy Award. Day was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 by then US president George W Bush. She also received a lifetime achievement honor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
In her later stage of life, she became an animal rights activist. Day was born to a family of musicians. She began singing in a Cincinnati radio station. Her Hollywood career began after she sang at a Hollywood party in 1947. Day came to notice in "Love Me or Leave Me".
She got married at the age of 17, which ended quite early. Day, in her life married four times. Her fourth marriage was with a businessman Barry Comden in 1976. That time she was 52-year-old. Her son Terry Melcher, from first marriage, died in 2004. He was a songwriter and record producer.
She breathed last in California. UNI