Doris Day Dies

Doris Day arrived in Hollywood in the late 1940s already a celebrity, a big-band singer on her way to becoming a movie star. She had early success in light musicals, but as they fell out of fashion she modernized herself in a way that probably confused mid-20th century America: With a bubbly screen presence and a blinding smile, Day was the rare movie heroine who held a great job while having the requisite romance.
Women wanted to be her and men wanted to marry someone like her. The equation proved to be box office gold.
Day died of pneumonia Monday at her Carmel Valley, Calif., home. She was 97.
She had been “in excellent physical health for her age” until recently, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said in an emailed statement.

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