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Hollywood legend Doris Day dies at age 97

14 May 2019

Bashara adds Day "died peacefully" after a fulfilling life working on films and TV shows.

Actress Doris Day, who became one of the greatest box-office attractions of her time as the cheery, freckle-faced personification of wholesomeness, died on Monday at the age of 97, her foundation said on Monday.

Cape Town - According to a statement released by the Doris Day Foundation, the Hollywood star has died.

Doris began her career as a singer, with her breakthrough hit "Sentimental Journey" being re-recorded several times over her career, and she became one of the highest-paid vocalists in the U.S. in the 1950s. As a child in the Caribbean going to the cinema where the vociferous audience would sing along with Doris Day in her more lively movies such as The Pajama Game and Calamity Jane.

Day had recently celebrated her 97th birthday, and had reportedly spent it with close friends.

Day never won an Oscar, although her many honors included the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Grammy for lifetime achievement in 2008.

After retiring from performing, Day worked mainly with the Doris Day Animal Foundation, helping abused animals.

With movies trending for more explicit sex, she turned to television to recoup her finances. Speaking as a member of the later generation that fell in love with Day, I can only say that her impact was massive, wonderful, and positive. A serious leg injury led her to discover, while recuperating and singing along to the day's hits, that she had a good voice, enough so that she soon landed a paid job on local radio.

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

In her Oscar-nominated role in 1959's "Pillow Talk", the first of three films with Hudson, she proudly caught up with what she called "the contemporary in me".

"With Six You Get Eggroll" was her last film in 1968.

She was married four times: first, to trombonist Al Jorden in 1941. She recorded over 650 songs, while starring in a series of hit film musicals and comedies. From 1968 to 1973 she starred in "The Doris Day Show" on CBS, a sitcom that ran for five seasons.

The star's last major hit in the U.S., it is notable for the third verse - where Day's performance of the first and second verses superimposed, creating the illusion she's singing with herself.

Hollywood legend Doris Day dies at age 97