Doris Day, who was essentially the face of Hollywood during the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s has passed away, her foundation confirms. She was 97. Day is best known for her work as an actress but was also a hugely successful singer with a total of 29 studio albums over the course of her life.
Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff was born in April 3rd, 1922 in Cincinnati to German immigrants. Her first foray into the world of entertainment was as a vocalist on ‘The Sentimental Journey’ for Les Brown and His Band of Renown. Released in 1945, the song was a hit around the country as an anthem for a nation at war. By 1946, she was the highest paid female singer in the world.
Two years later in 1948, Day scored her first acting role in the musical comedy Romance on the High Seas. The film was a hit and certified Day as a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. She continued carving out a niche in musical comedies such as My Dream is Yours, Tea for Two and I’ll See You in My Dreams. In 1953 she took on one of her most iconic roles as the titular character in Calamity Jane. After that, she was a certified movie star as the film went on to spawn a TV show and musical.
Celebrities from across the entertainment world have been paying tribute to Day since news of her passing was made public.
Condolences to the family of Doris Day. She was the World’s Sweetheart and beloved by all. ?? Que Será, Será!?
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 13, 2019
The great Doris Day left us and took a piece of the sun with her. She brighten our lives and lived out her life with dignity. May she rest peacefully. ??
— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) May 13, 2019
One of my all time favourite stars has joined the heavenly choir. Rest in Peace the great & inimitable Doris Day. The last star of the Hollywood Golden Age. We'll bid you farewell by the Light of The Silvery Moon, but you will always be Young at Heart to us forever. ??? pic.twitter.com/VN0PUJAfnr
— Elaine Paige (@elaine_paige) May 13, 2019