Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dies at age 97

STAR She was known for staring rolls in Calamity Jane and Move Over

"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 received by AP.

The performer died early on Monday surrounded by close friends at her Carmel Valley, California, home, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said.

In recent years, Day made headlines for admitting she was really 95, not 93, in 2017, claiming never to have known her true birth year was 1922.

Between 1945-46, Day's career went from strength to strength as she landed six top ten singles, including "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time", "The Whole World Is Singing My Song" and "I Got The Sun In The Mornin".

Day was famous for quotes such as: "If I can do it, you can do it".

Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this hard time.

Doris fell in love with dance at an early age, and by her teenage years had formed a duo with Jerry Doherty - but her career plans soon changed following a vehicle accident in 1937. "The Doris Day Show" was a moderate success in its 1968-1973 run on CBS. "She always looked forward and looked for the good in whatever happened".

Born Doris Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, her stage name was even derived from a song - Helen Forrest's Day After Day. In 1971, she co-founded Actors and Others For Animals and appeared in print denouncing the production of fur coats.

She was married four times: first, to trombonist Al Jorden in 1941.

The Que Sera Sera singer celebrated her 97th birthday last month, telling The Hollywood Reporter she had spent the occasion with "dear old friends out of town".

"Since the '70s, Day had focused her energies on the Doris Day Animal Foundation".

In "That Touch of Mink", she turned back advances from Grant and in "The Thrill of It All" played a housewife who gains fame as a TV pitchwoman to the chagrin of obstetrician husband James Garner.

There's the Doris Day of Michael Curtiz's Romance on the High Seas, from 1948, Day's first film role. "He cheated on Doris, knocked her around and humiliated her in public", Standard reports, but he also fathered her child, Terry Melcher. "It brought her great joy to know her songs or films helped people in her lives". But there's no suburban complacency in her performance: She's practically feral, so distraught over the loss of her son that she reverts to a state of wildness. Her final marriage was to Barry Comden, from 1976 to 1981. He also became known for turning down late cult leader Charles Manson when Manson auditioned for him after he was initially interested in recording Manson's music.

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