Doris Day Dead at 97

American entertainer Doris Day seen here in 1989 has died at 97

Her death was announced by her charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, on Monday.

"Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style", he said in a statement. Her natural talent for music was established early in her life, when she began singing at 15 and received a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1947. Everyone knows her megahit, "Que Sera, Sera", a sort of anthem about going whichever way the wind takes you, the flawless song to sing to a child who, in the way children are, is eager for all the answers. "The story I have heard the most is that at one point Doris was up for a role when quite young and her age may have been miswritten on the audition form". "I just about fell apart", she later recalled. Though remembered most often for her frothy, delightful "sex comedies" of the early 1960s - a genre she all but invented and were indeed both innocent and, for the time, racy - Day proved more than once that she could handle serious drama.

She also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much opposite James Stewart and brought her famous singing abilities to the song "Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) which won which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1957". She could convey great, moody wistfulness, too.

Doris Day would come to be known as the "girl next door" or the "Virginal Queen". Day later starred opposite Clark Gable in 1958 comedy Teacher's Pet.

According to the BBC, Doris was a singer turned actress and enjoyed success in films like Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk.

"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 awesome life that I've experienced", she said in a statement on her official website.

Melcher committed Day to her television series, The Doris Day Show, without her knowledge.

"She was a wonderful friend to us and a lovely and very talented lady", singer Tony Bennett said on Twitter.

Day wasn't done with the entertainment world yet though.

She had one child, music producer Terry Melcher by her third husband, but he sadly died from melanoma in 2004. The show was popular with viewers, but it always tried lame gimmicks that never lasted long, including a big move to San Francisco, a few different jobs for Day's character. The star of titles such as Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk died today in California, a statement from the Doris Day Animal Foundation has confirmed.

A radiant beauty, Doris Day symbolised much of the American spirit. "May she rest peacefully".

Dressing to match her megawatt personality led to many colourful looks, as Day became a master of pairing colours.

Doris receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award Golden Globe in 1989.

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