Legendary actress Doris Day dies aged 97

Actress Doris Day is seen in a screen shot from the film

Doris Day was content in the last few months of her life before she died on Monday at the age of 97.

She celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3.

Day was a successful singer before she got her break in film in the 1948 film Romance on the High Seas that led her to become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and earning acclaim for her roles in Calamity Jane, Love Me or Leave Me and Pillow Talk, which she earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for. She changed her name Day after the song, "Day After Day", and found success in 1944 with her first number one hits, "Sentimental Journey" and "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time".

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Her Hollywood career began after she sang at a Hollywood party in 1947.

The Associated Press reported the news, as confirmed by The Doris Day Animal Foundation. I watch them to this day and get the same enjoyment as ever from them, especially her collaborations with Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. Day's activism was recognized in 2004, when then-President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work on behalf of animal welfare.

With movies trending for more explicit sex, she turned to television to recoup her finances.

With her lilting contralto, wholesome blonde beauty and glowing smile, she was a top box office draw known for such films as "Pillow Talk" and "That Touch of Mink".

Doris was a decorated performer throughout her life, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2008.

Our thoughts are with Doris' loved ones at this time.

"I am absolutely thrilled to hear that Cincinnati is honoring me with not only my own street, but my own day".

"She lived by her most famous song, 'Que Sera, Sera.' That was her belief".

After her series ended, so did her acting career - she never gave another performance.

"I just feel so fortunate and so blessed to have been able to entertain people in the theaters and on record, it's just an fantastic life that I've experienced", she said in a statement on her official website.

"My public image is unshakably that of America's wholesome virgin, the girl next door, carefree and brimming with happiness", she said in a memoir, "an image, I can assure you, more make-believe than any film part I ever played". She starred in the CBS sitcom The Doris Day Show from 1968 through 1973, which followed her as a widow living in the big city who suddenly has to move back to the rural countryside with her sons.

Day married a fourth time at age 52, to businessman Barry Comden in 1976. 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.