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Iconic Actress Doris Day Dead at 97

Hollywood star had been in 'excellent physical health for her age' until bout of pneumonia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 13, 2019 8:09 AM CDT
In this Jan. 6, 1976 file photo, actress and singer Doris Day sits cross legged while she answers questions in New York, during an interview on the new book "Doris Day: Her Own Story," written by AE Hotchner.   (AP Photo, File)
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(Newser) – Doris Day, whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in '60s films, has died, her foundation says. She was 97, reports the AP. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif. The foundation says in a statement she was surrounded by close friends and "had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia."

She was known as a honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals, and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history. Day's lilting voice, wholesome blonde beauty, and ultra-bright smile brought her a string of hits, first on records, later in Hollywood. She celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3. (Read more Doris Day stories.)

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