American actress, singer and animal rights activist Doris Day has passed away at the age of 97.
The news was confirmed by her public charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
Doris Day began her career as a band singer in 1939.
She gained popularity with her 1945 hit recording “Sentimental Journey”.
After embarking on a solo career, she recorded over 650 songs from 1947 to 1967.
In 1948, she began her career as an actress by starring in “Romance on the High Seas”.
She is best remembered for the movies she made co-starring Rock Hudson and James Garner.
Day is remembered as one of the biggest film stars of the early 1960s.
She married four times, and discovered after her third husband’s death that he had squandered her life-savings.
After retirement, she lived in Carmel-by-the-sea, California.
Day was a lifelong Republican.