Doris Day Dead at 97: America Says Goodbye to a Sweetheart Icon

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Health Editor’s Note: Doris Day died today at the age of 97 of pneumonia. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to a German family and had the last  name of Kappelhoff.  She is known for her romantic comedies with Rock Hudson as well as other movies with Cary Grant and James Garner, mostly comedies. She had a rather tragic personal life with a greedy husband who stole millions, a son who was often in trouble. She was a big band singer and recording star who walked away from Hollywood in the early 70’s. As far as her singing career went she is probably best known for her rendition of “Sentimental Journey,” recorded with Les Brown and the Band of Renown in 1945. This song was very popular with WWII service men. Over 50 years later, her version of the song made it into the Grammy Hall of Fame. She devoted her life to animal right’s causes and to the Doris Day Animal Foundation…..Carol  

Doris Day’s Biggest Hit Is a Song She Could Have Done Without

by Jason Daley Smithsonian.com

Hollywood icon Doris Day starred in dozens of movies and released more than 600 songs in her lifetime. But the box office star, known for her singular voice, never came around to the hit that might have been most associated with her career, “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).” In fact, Day, who died at age 97 on Monday, May 13, never wanted to sing the song in the first place.

As it turned out, almost everyone involved with the tune was a bit reluctant to make it. Here’s what happened. Doris Day was cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 film The Man Who Knew Too Much alongside Jimmy Stewart. Hitchcock did not originally want Day in the film, but to get Stewart onboard, he had to agree to also hire Day and give her a song in the film penned by the famed songwriting duo Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, the writers behind such classics as “Silver Bells” and “Mona Lisa.”

Hitchcock agreed. His instructions to the songwriters were vague: “I don’t know what kind of song I want,” he said. “But Jimmy Stewart is a roving ambassador and it would be nice if the song had some foreign words in the title. Also, in the picture, I have it set up so that Doris sings to their little boy.”

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