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Veteran Hollywood actress Doris Day dies at 97 , She was born on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., as Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff to Frederick Wilhelm Von Kappelhoff, who was a music teacher and choir master,and mother Alma Sophia Welz who was a fulltime housewife who also was passionate about music.
In 1939 Day started her music career with orchestra leader and jazz musician Barney Rapp.
Rapp was the one who suggested she change her surname from Kappelhoff (since it was too long for the marquee) to Day, because of the song “Day After Day.”
She was a huge sensation in the 50s and 60s at that time,as she captivated thousands of fans across the world with series of remarkable roles and her enchanting and sweet voice.
Best known for her songs “Sentimental Journey” and “Que Sara Sara,”
She won many awards and recognition in the course of her career.
In 2004, George W. Bush, then the U.S. President, awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
On May 13, 2019, Day passed away at age 97 after contracting pneumonia, at her home in Carmel Valley, California, U.S.
Her foundation, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, said she was
“in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia.” She was “surrounded by a few close friends as she passed.”
During her life time,she was married to four men and widowed once.