Doris Day, one of Hollywood’s most popular stars of the 1950s and ’60s who was Oscar-nommed for “Pillow Talk” and starred in her own TV show, has died. She was 97.
Her breakthrough role came opposite James Cagney in the musical Love Me or Leave Me, in which she played real-life singer Ruth Etting. That was
followed it up with roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and starred with Rock Hudson in “Pillow Talk” and other lighthearted romantic comedies including “Lover Come Back” and “Send Me No Flowers.”
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy released this statement: “A legendary actress, singer, and philanthropist, Doris Day was one of the most cherished entertainers of all time. Best known for her success in the television and film industries, Doris also achieved status as a recording star. Throughout her illustrious career she recorded several hits, including the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®-inducted songs “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” and “Secret Love,” received two GRAMMY® nominations, and was honored with the Recording Academy™’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 for her significant impact on the music industry. Her infectious spirit and vibrant works of art have made a lasting impression worldwide. She will be missed, but her incredible legacy will live on forever.”