The Doris Day Animal Foundation said Day, who had suffered a bout of pneumonia, died at her California home, surrounded by friends and family, multiple news outlets reported.
Doris Day, the actress and singer, has died at the age of 97. She remained for several years one of the country's top box-office draws.
Day thought she would be turning 93 in 2017, but the Associated Press obtained a copy of the actress' birth certificate from Ohio's Office of Vital Statistics, which confirmed that Day was born on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, making her actually 95.
Day became a star with back-to-back films in 1956 and 1957. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2008, but never an Academy Award. It felt like a punch to the gut, even though Day had been retired for decades, focusing her attention on animal rescue projects. The sleeve notes for her compilation album A Day at the Movies say she rode a bicycle to the studio, did one take in front of a full live orchestra, and left the musical director "grinning from ear to ear". Growing up she gravitated towards singing and had her first hit "Sentimental Journey", in 1945, which was co-written by Les Brown and recorded with his band.
Doris Day never forgot her Cincinnati roots, saying in 2017 that she missed the Queen City and had "so many handsome memories" here. Proceeds from the recording went to her animal foundation. She was a dedicated protector of animal rights & animal welfare on top of her wonderful voice and incredible on-screen talent. We'll hear plenty of that today, but here's another standard that Day brought to life - "Dream a A Little Dream of Me".
Legendary actress, singer and animal rights activist Doris Day has died.
During her recuperation, she honed her singing voice with the help of a vocal coach.
You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. She had a nervous breakdown in 1974 and then won US$22 million in damages from Melcher's attorney and other associates who had mismanaged her money. She also married and divorced for the last time, to a restaurant greeter, Barry Comden.
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.