Hollywood star Doris Day, singer of ‘Que Sera, Sera,’ dead at 97

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Мая 14, 2019

When I started to recreate the 1950s charts for my iPod a few years back, I was startled to find how numerous tunes I remembered were by her.

The actress, singer and animal activist passed away at her Carmel Valley, California home early on Monday morning. My mother drifting around doing housework while wistfully singing Que Sera Sera, sounding as if she really wanted to be somewhere else, such as romantically walking down Broadway or across Hollywood. "She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed".

In 1951 Day married agent Martin Melcher and after his 1968 death, she found he had left her almost penniless. Her brand of beauty came sprinkled with freckles.

Her The Thrill of It all and Move Over, Darling co-star, James Garner, also said of Day: "I'd rather have Doris than Liz Taylor". Though she never won an Oscar - an ongoing source of outrage among her fans - she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2008.

Day and Tony Curtis in 1958 at a gala dinner in Los Angeles after winning awards for best actress and actor presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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In addition to her singing career, Day was also a movie star with hits such as "Pillow Talk" in 1959, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" in 1956, "Love Me or Leave Me" in 1955, "Calamity Jane" in 1953 and "Lover Come Back" in 1960.

Day asked to have no funeral, memorial service or grave marker, her foundation said. Instead, she turned to singing.

Two for Tea: A personal favorite of mine as it's all my grandparents used to sing, this song is from Day's film of the same name.

Day was married four times: Al Jorden (m. 1941; div. 1943), George Weidler (m. 1946; div. 1949), Martin Melcher (m. 1951; died 1968) and Barry Comden (m. 1976; div. 1981). She first made it big with 1945's "Sentimental Journey", on which she was accompanied by Les Brown and His Band of Renown. She founded the Doris Day Pet Foundation in 1978.

Doris Day outlived her only child, record producer Terry Melcher, who died of melanoma in 2004 at the age of 62. "The Doris Day Show" was a moderate success in its 1968-1973 run on CBS. It was Melcher's former house that the Manson family visited and murdered Sharon Tate and her friends in.

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