Hollywood legend Doris Day has died at the age of 97

Hollywood legend Doris Day has died aged 97

She was 97 years old.

In "Pillow Talk", released in 1959 and her first of three films with Rock Hudson, she proudly caught up with what she called "the contemporary in me". When her friend Hudson became ill with AIDS, Day set an example for love and support that may be largely forgotten now, but was a veritable beacon in the darkness in those days. In most of the films following "Pillow Talk", Melcher was listed as co-producer. But Day often used the show-it went through several changes and iterations over several years-as a vehicle to champion the cause closest to her heart.

According to Day in her autobiography, her son was the one who told her that the $20 million she had earned from her exhaustive career had disappeared and that she was around $450,000 in debt. It became her theme song, even though she had initially been reluctant to record it.

In 1948, she made her first film, Romance On The High Seas - the first of a string of hits that later included Calamity Jane, Love Me Or Leave Me and Please Don't Eat the Daisies.

Day worked with a long roster of A-list stars throughout her career, including Jimmy Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, and James Garner. He asked her to the movies. One never got the sense that Day "used" her looks and charm, but just that films and music allowed us to experience them.

Tributes poured in from fans and stars alike, with William Shatner, Antonio Banderas, Piers Morgan and Kay Burley among those remembering the icon. "She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, 'Que sera sera, ' but we will miss her dearly anyway", George Takei said.

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"Day was shocked to learn that he and his business partner, Jerome Bernard Rosenthal, had squandered her earnings for 17 years", Fox 19 reported. In 1951, she married for a third time, getting hitched to Martin Melcher. She eventually won a multimillion-dollar judgment against their lawyer.

Portrait of American movie and television star, singer, and a friend to all the animals Doris Day as she wears a flower brooch, circa 1966.

Melcher was Day's agent and "pulled her out of her Warner Brothers contract and revamped her as a freelance actress for hire", UK Telegraph reports.

Accumulating numerous accolades throughout her career, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and later received the Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys.

In 1976, Day married restaurant owner Barry Comden but they also divorced.

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