Hollywood legend Doris Day has died at the age of 97

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Doris Day dies aged 97 Tributes to legendary Hollywood star- latest news

The performer died early on Monday surrounded by close friends at her Carmel Valley, California, home, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said.

Doris began her career as a singer, with her breakthrough hit "Sentimental Journey" being re-recorded several times over her career, and she became one of the highest-paid vocalists in the USA in the 1950s. In a statement, Day was reported to have been in excellent health until recently, when she began a bout with pneumonia.

Day also had hit records, most notably "Que Sera, Sera" from the movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much". The second was "The Pajama Game", with costar Rock Hudson.

Day and Tony Curtis in 1958 at a gala dinner in Los Angeles after winning awards for best actress and actor presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. That song and "Que Sera Sera" would be her biggest hits. She had always been an animal rights activist, and was the founder of the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

This portrait of the girl-next-door was shot in 1949, a year after her film debut in Romance on the High Seas.

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Day was married four times, first to trombonist Al Jorden, then saxophonist George William Wiedler, film producer Martin Melcher, and restauranteur Barry Comden.

Though the increasingly formulaic films were successful, they'd prove to be Day's undoing and make her passé when the counterculture supplanted the "Mad Men" era.

Below, a look at a few of the rare images of the Pillow Talk star. Warner Bros. cashed in on its new star with a series of musicals, including "My Dream Is Yours", "Tea for Two" and "Lullaby of Broadway". Her final film roles came in 1968, when she starred in Where Were You When The Lights Went Out? and With Six You Get Eggroll. Melcher died in 1969. "The Doris Day Show" was a moderate success in its 1966-1973 run on CBS. Melcher was also her manager and a producer on many of her movies; after his death in 1968 she discovered he'd mismanaged or embezzled nearly $20 million from her. It was Melcher's former house that the Manson family visited and murdered Sharon Tate and her friends in.

In 1974, Day won a $22.8 million judgment against Jerome B. Rosenthal, her lawyer and business manager, for mishandling of her and Melcher's assets.

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