Hollywood actress Doris Day dies, aged 97

Hollywood legend Doris Day has died from pneumonia.

The singer turned actress, whose films made her one of the biggest female stars of all time, was 97.

Day shot to fame in the 50s and 60s as one of a handful of iconic screen sirens in films including Pillow Talk, Love Me or Leave Me and The Man Who Knew Too Much.

She was married four times but only had one child, Terry Mulcher, who died in 2004.

The actress is survived by her grandson, Ryan Melcher.

She enjoyed a chart hit in 1956 with the song Que Sera, Sera Whatever Will Be, Will Be.

Her screen partnership with Rock Hudson was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s and ’60s.

In a statement, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said she died on Monday at her home in California.

It said she had been ‘in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia’.

‘She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed,’ the statement continued.

She never won an Academy Award, but Day was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, as George W. Bush declared it ‘a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio decided to become an entertainer.’

She celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3.

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