She then went to television with "The Doris Day Show" which ran for five seasons and 128 episodes from 1966-1973. And we loved her for it.
Day celebrated her 97th birthday on just ten days ago on April 3. And that means nearly 30 years since Rock was diagnosed. The actress famously had a chance to be part of it with a total career makeover with the role of Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, but she turned it down.
A leading star of Hollywood musicals and romantic comedies, Day made 39 films within two decades before stepping away from acting in the early '70s to focus her attention on animal rights.
In addition to her screen appearances, Doris released 29 studio albums across her career with her hits Secret Love and Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será Será) reached Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. This was the age when musicals transported you into a dreamworld of momentary escape and Doris Day was the wizard of the genre.
"Her breath control, her diction, her dynamic control are all flawless", acknowledged Voice Council magazine in 2016. "I thought she was attractive". As a singer in Les Brown's band, she scored a hit with "Sentimental Journey", a defining ballad for servicemen returning from World War II.
Although the singer was just 20 when she recorded it, there's a tired sentimentality to her phrasing that chimed with the troops. "Rest now in our hearts forever, Ms. Day".
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She was well known for her animal welfare activism in later life.
Some of those syrupy orchestral ballads are worth sticking around for, though. It became her theme song, even though she had initially been reluctant to record it. Speaking in 2015, Day said she still missed her co-star. And Day was last honored by a big awards show with a Lifetime Achievement award for her contribution to music in 2009. This was a major blow to the star who was very close to her son.
The song was nominated for a Grammy in 1958.
"Doris Day was great actress & a lovely, gracious lady". Her first husband beat her, her second couldn't stomach her success and her third cheated her out of her hard-won fortune. After they separated, he shot Etting's new lover (and piano player) Myrl Alderman. "What happened? What happened?"
He had a point.