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The Doris Day Animal Foundation announced her death in a news release. She “had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” it said.
Day was known for playing optimistic, innocent and fresh-faced characters in over a dozen movies.
She was often associated with the song “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be),” the Academy Award-winning tune she first performed in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). The actress later received her only Oscar nomination for her role in Pillow Talk (1959).
Day’s other film credits include Lover Come Back (1961), That Touch of Mink (1962), the 1963 films The Thrill of It All and Move Over, Darling and Send Me No Flowers (1964).
Designer Stella McCartney took to Twitter to share a photo of herself with Day. “The one, the only, the woman who inspired so much of what I do… Doris Day I love you, my calamity Jane,” she captioned the photo. “An iconic woman who I was hugely honoured to meet and share precious moments with. Rest in peace.”
William Shatner remembered Day as “the World’s Sweetheart and beloved by all” in a tweet.
Katie Couric also remembered Day on Twitter. The journalist wrote that the late actress was “one of a kind.” The post included a clip of Day performing “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).”
Sarah Jessica Parker paid tribute to the actress by posting a number of photos of Day on her Instagram account. “Oh Ms. Day, A Cincinnati girl just like me. How many letters I drafted to you and didn’t send,” she wrote. “I could never get it right but they all said the same thing, I love you. Millions did and do. Godspeed.”
Seth MacFarlane also remembered Day on Twitter. “We’ve lost another great Hollywood talent. Take a minute to appreciate the legendary Doris Day,” he tweeted, which was accompanied by a video of Day performing “Shaking the Blues Away” in Love Me or Leave Me.
Carl Reiner tweeted that he was “saddened” to hear the news of Day’s passing. He wrote The Thrill Of It All, which Day starred in. “Just a week ago, I contacted her and welcomed her to the 97 Year Actor’s Club,” he shared.
Paul McCartney wrote in a statement that he was “so sad to hear” of Day’s death.
“She was a true star in more ways than one,” he added. “I had the privilege of hanging out with her on a few occasions. Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style. She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with. Her films like Calamity Jane, Move Over, Darling and many others were all incredible and her acting and singing always hit the mark. I will miss her but will always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh as well as the many great songs and movies she gave us. God bless Doris.”
Read on to see what other Hollywood stars had to say about Day.
RIP to the one, the only Doris Day. pic.twitter.com/01rV9D7bq9
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 13, 2019
The one, the only, the woman who inspired so much of what I do… Doris Day I love you, my calamity Jane. An iconic woman who I was hugely honoured to meet and share precious moments with. Rest in peace x pic.twitter.com/brkli7fKYE
— Stella McCartney (@StellaMcCartney) May 13, 2019
Condolences to the family of Doris Day. She was the World’s Sweetheart and beloved by all. Que Será, Será!
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 13, 2019
For those of us in my generation, Doris Day was synonymous with Hollywood icon. She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, “Que sera sera,” but we will miss her dearly anyway. Rest now in our hearts forever, Ms. Day.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 13, 2019
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) May 13, 2019
RIP Doris Day, 97.
Fabulous life, fabulous star, fabulous woman. pic.twitter.com/qWIiTUJLwv
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 13, 2019
I wore this VHS out as a kid. Smart, plucky, funny, approachable and glamorous…Doris Day was everything I dreamed of being as an actress. I still reference her in my work. I’m a shameless ripoff. But man, how I wanted to be her. Doris Day. What a legend.
A post shared by Hilarie Burton (@hilarieburton) on
We’ve lost another great Hollywood talent. Take a minute to appreciate the legendary Doris Day: https://t.co/72ssvivryz
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) May 13, 2019
Goodbye Doris Day, there was only one of you! I have always loved your voice and the beautiful songs you made eternal. RIP. Hollywood actress and singer, dies aged 97 https://t.co/91iCHCO6Y2
— Luke Evans (@TheRealLukevans) May 13, 2019
This morning I was saddened to learn that Doris Day who starred in a film I had written “The Thrill Of It All” had passed away at 97. Just a week ago, I contacted her and welcomed her to the 97 Year Actor’s Club.
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) May 13, 2019
The great Doris Day left us and took a piece of the sun with her. She brighten our lives and lived out her life with dignity. May she rest peacefully.
— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) May 13, 2019
RIP Peggy Lipton and Doris Day
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) May 13, 2019
A post shared by Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) on
Rest in peace to the great Doris Day. A true icon. pic.twitter.com/Ai7BW566Yg
— Larry King (@kingsthings) May 13, 2019
Sorry to hear of Doris Day’s passing. We got to know Doris when Mom worked with her. They talked frequently until Mom’s passing. We all shared our love for animals. I’m happy & proud to say I knew her & loved seeing her close friendship with my mother. They truly loved each other pic.twitter.com/EjhNsPxfRw
— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) May 13, 2019
Because my parents were in show business, I’d met a lot of “stars” by the time Mom went to work on The Doris Day Show. I’ll never forget the first time I met Doris and seeing just how beautiful she was and how genuine her personality was. Unlike so many, she wasn’t one bit phony. pic.twitter.com/TjHZgYvrRM
— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) May 13, 2019
Doris Day. pic.twitter.com/Neuxtg4Quz
— Mario Cantone (@macantone) May 13, 2019
— Illeana Douglas (@Illeanarama) May 13, 2019
Doris Day’s passing punctuates this dreary day. While I have not thought of her in many years, I suspect like me, many other people are singing “Que Sera Sera” & remembering our own grandmother’s party dresses & pearls.
Doris Day was a pioneer & a truly special lady. https://t.co/l0rgLtIX7d
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) May 13, 2019
My first film was Doris Day’s last one. She had grace, class and was a beautiful human. I wish my 19 year-old self knew enough to talk with her about her love of animals, which i share more and more as time goes on.
— Barbara Hershey (@BarbaraHershey8) May 13, 2019
Can U imagine all the animals waiting to greet Doris Day at the Rainbow Bridge?!
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) May 13, 2019
Rest In Peace Doris Day. She will always be one of my very favorites! pic.twitter.com/kwq8IWfzb8
— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) May 13, 2019
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