Remembering Doris Day! See the Actress Through the Years

Doris Day

Doris Day never forgot her Cincinnati roots, saying in 2017 that she missed the Queen City and had "so many lovely memories" here. Day understood that too, although she never tried to exploit it either. She took singing lessons and began appearing on local radio.

Here is a completely non-definitive list of five standout Doris Day songs.

Day was famous for quotes such as: "If I can do it, you can do it". On the strength of her voice, Day, who had no acting experience, was offered a starring role in 1948's Romance on the High Seas.

He cited films like "Calamity Jane", "Move Over, Darling" and others and said he would "always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh".

Though she has been largely out of the public eye for years, devoting herself to the animals she loved and the Foundation she created for them, Day continued to have a strong place in the nation's heart.

Renowned film expert Molly Haskel once called her "the most underrated, underappreciated actress that has ever come out of Hollywood". While Day found fame and fortune during these decades, she rarely found happiness, always hoping to start a family that stayed together, something that constantly evaded her with various dramatic relationships with men who turned out to treat her not so well.

Day was born in April 1922, and was raised by a single mother, according to a BBC obituary.

Day's super-stardom and loss of $20 million at the peak of her careerRock Hudson puts his face on Doris Day's cheek in a scene from the film "Send Me No Flowers", 1964. That show was "The Doris Day Show".

Two for Tea: A personal favorite of mine as it's all my grandparents used to sing, this song is from Day's film of the same name. "The Doris Day Animal Foundation continues to provide support to smaller rescue organizations nationwide, with a special focus on those assisting senior pets".

Between 1945-46, Day's career went from strength to strength as she landed six top ten singles, including "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time", "The Whole World Is Singing My Song" and "I Got The Sun In The Mornin".

In the 1960s, Day discovered that failed investments by her third husband, Martin Melcher, left her deeply in debt.

She ended up marrying a fourth time to Barry Comden in 1976, but they divorced in 1982.

She bolstered her wholesome image with her hit television variety program The Doris Day Show.

For Day, as she told PEOPLE in 2011, her greatest loss in life was the 2004 death (from melanoma) of her son, music producer Terry Melcher.

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