In Memoriam: Doris Day, 1922-2019

by Ana Maria Bahiana May 13, 2019
Doris Day, World Favoriteewinner and Cecil B. deMille recipient

Doris Day with her Cecil B. deMille award, 1989.

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Doris Day,  iconic actress and singer, and passionate animal welfare activist has died, aged 97. Day – born Doris Mary Ann Kappellhoff – received three World Favorite awards, having been nominated 11 times for Golden Globes. She was also the recipient of the 1989 Cecil B. deMille award.

Doris Day was an established singer when Hollywood came knocking in 1948, after songwriters Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, impressed with her performance of George Gershwin's “Embraceable You”, recommended her for a part in the Warner Bros. musical Romance on the High Seas, directed by Michael Curtiz and Busby Berkeley.

She would become a major star in the late 1950s/mid-1960s, in a series of sexy-but-wholesome romantic pictures, many in partnership with Rock Hudson. She was nominated for Golden Globes for some of her biggest hits- The Tunnel of Love (1959), Pillow Talk (1960), Midnight Lace (1961), Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1963), and Move Over, Darling (1964). She was also nominated in the TV category for The Doris Day Show (1969).