Legendary Actress, Singer Doris Day Dies At 97

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

"Enjoy each day. It's not coming back again!" is listed as one of her favorite quotes to People magazine. In a statement, Day was reported to have been in excellent health until recently, when she began a bout with pneumonia. Day also supported various initiatives to shut down puppy mills, created the Doris Day Animal League (now a part of the Humane Society of the United States) as a voice for the animals in legislation, and helped airlift the animal victims of Hurricane Katrina to safety in 2005.

But she found her greatest success in slick, stylish sex comedies, beginning with "Pillow Talk".

'My public image is unshakably that of America's wholesome virgin, the girl next door, carefree and brimming with happiness.

Doris was married four times. Her movies may come from another time - and even then more of a confection than a reflection - but utterly charming. She described her first husband as a "psychopathic sadist" who beat her. Some of her husbands felt they played second fiddle to them. In 1951 Doris married Martin Melcher who died in 1968.

Her 1976 book, Doris Day: Her Own Story, chronicled her money troubles and three failed marriages.

Born and raised in Ohio, Day initially dreamed of being a dancer, but an injury suffered in a auto accident made that impossible. Doris Day I love you, my calamity Jane.

'But I never did like it.

Designer Stella McCartney, an animal rights advocate, responded to Day's death Monday by tweeting: "The one, the only, the woman who inspired so much of what I do..."

Brown said later, 'I'd say that next to Sinatra, Doris is the best in the business on selling a lyric'.

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Day started her career as a singer, with her hit Sentimental Journey becoming a signature tune.

Day received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. Instead, she turned to singing. And then she came to embrace the philosophy in the song.

Her films, which included Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much and That Touch of Mink, made her known around the world. Day was always appealing, and always appealed to our better natures.

"[When she died] there were some very close friends and loved ones who were with her", Bashara said. Day earned her Oscar nomination opposite Rock Hudson in 1959 romantic comedy Pillow Talk, the first of three rom-coms they filmed together. I had the privilege of hanging out with her on a few occasions. She changed her surname at the suggestion of a band leader who heard her sing "Day by Day". A perfectionist, Day feared the medium's quick production pace.

Day "drifted away" from organized religion after Melcher died in 1968, Bashara says, but remained "a spiritual person". And I thought maybe that's what it's going to be. "He had told her about Manson - and about some of his scary antics, his brandishing of knives, his zombie followers - and that Manson had been to the house on Cielo and she insisted he move out", Love wrote, according to People.

"The Doris Day Show" proved to be a lifesaver. Her only child, son Terry, was born in 1942, and the couple divorced the following year.

Day was an actress, a singer and an animal rights activist. In a 2012 interview with "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross, Day admitted that she had about 30 dogs at one point. "Her 39 films - many still incredibly popular and shown frequently today - stand as a testament to her talent", the statement said.

Melcher died in 2004 after a long battle with melanoma.

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