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14/05/2019 9:51 AM IST

Photos Of Doris Day's Life And Career Through The Years

The legendary Hollywood actress will be missed, but her impact on Hollywood and her animal rights activism will live on.

The world lost another Hollywood icon on Monday when Doris Day, known for her roles in films like “Pillow Talk” and “Calamity Jane,” died at her home in Carmel Valley, California. The actress was 97. 

The Doris Day Animal Foundation shared the news Monday morning, confirming Day died as a result of a serious case of pneumonia. Following news of Day’s death, tributes from fellow actors and actresses came pouring in online. 

Day had a decadeslong career in Hollywood, appearing in over 39 films throughout the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. In 1978, the star ― a lifelong lover of animals ― founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation with a mission “to help animals and the people who love them.” 

For much of her later life, Day stayed away from the spotlight. In 2014, however, she stepped out to attend her 90th birthday party, for which she asked guests to donate to her foundation instead of giving her gifts. Just a few years prior, she told People there was “nothing better” than being surrounded by her pets and good friends. 

Day will surely be missed, but her impact on Hollywood and her animal rights activism will no doubt live on.

Below, take a look back at Day’s life and career in photos: 

  • Circa 1926
    Circa 1926
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    Doris Day, age 4, photographed by her mother.
  • Circa 1937
    Circa 1937
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    The actress poses with Jerry Doherty in a publicity still sometime around 1937.
  • 1940
    1940
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    A portrait of Day from the 1940s.
  • 1945
    1945
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    Day poses in a green jacket, circa 1945.
  • 1945
    1945
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    Day reclines on a red couch and smiles in this portrait. 
  • 1945
    1945
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    Day, sits on a divan and wears a full-skirted evening gown with a jeweled pendant. 
  • 1946
    1946
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    A photo of Day at an aquarium. 
  • 1948
    1948
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    The actress wears a ruffled blouse in this promo photo for "Romance on the High Seas." 
  • 1948
    1948
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    Day smiles as she sits in front of bouquets of flowers in her dressing room on the set of director Michael Curtiz's film, "Romance on the High Seas."
  • 1949
    1949
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    Day publicity portrait for the film "It's a Great Feeling," 1949.
  • 1949
    1949
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    Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan hold Day in a scene from the film "It's a Great Feeling."
  • 1949
    1949
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    Day wears a gingham dress in this 1949 photo. 
  • 1950s
    1950s
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    Day poses wearing a yellow neckerchief in front of a backdrop of large daisies circa 1950. 
  • 1950s
    1950s
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    A portrait of the actress and singer wearing a polka-dot dress, circa 1950.
  • 1950
    1950
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    Day plays with a dog, circa 1950. 
  • 1951
    1951
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    Day poses for a photo sometime in 1951. 
  • 1952
    1952
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    Day poses with an array of multi-colored poodles, 1952. The image was used as the cover of Collier's magazine.
  • Circa 1953
    Circa 1953
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    Day in costume on the set of "Calamity Jane." 
  • 1955
    1955
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    Day sits cross-legged and barefoot in a rattan chair, circa 1955.
  • 1955
    1955
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    Day on the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton.
  • 1956
    1956
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    Day on the set of "The Pajama Game" in 1956. 
  • 1959
    1959
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    Day with a dog sometime in 1959. 
  • 1959
    1959
    Donaldson Collection via Getty Images
    Day poses for a photo in 1959 in Los Angeles. 
  • 1960
    1960
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    Day wears a red jacket while licking an ice cream cone, circa 1960. 
  • 1960
    1960
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    Day and a dog photographed sometime in 1960. 
  • 1960
    1960
    Hulton Archive via Getty Images
    Day with her dog co-star Hobo on the set of director Charles Walters' film, "Please Don't Eat the Daisies."
  • 1961
    1961
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    Day smiles as she signs her name in cement by her handprints in front of Mann's (formerly Grauman's) Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
  • 1965
    1965
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    Day, circa 1965. 
  • 1967
    1967
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    Day sits in an armchair smiling during a break in the shooting of "Caprice," 1967. 
  • Late 1960s
    Late 1960s
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    Day poses for a portrait circa late 1960s. 
  • 1968
    1968
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    Day poses with a dog in 1968. 
  • 1970
    1970
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    Day wears a bright pink hat and matching cape, fixed at the neck with a silver chain, circa 1970. 
  • Circa 1970
    Circa 1970
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    Day wears a midi-length skirt as she pets a dog.
  • 1974
    1974
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    Day during the 46th Annual Academy Awards in New York City.
  • Circa 1975
    Circa 1975
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    Day and Hugh Hefner hold a dog at a party benefiting a group called Actors and Others for Animals.
  • 1980
    1980
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    Day at her home in Beverly Hills, with one of her dogs, Tip.
  • 1985
    1985
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    Day with one of her dogs at a press conference at the dog-friendly hotel she owns in Carmel, California.
  • 1987
    1987
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    Actor Clint Eastwood and Day attend the Monterey Film Festival Gala on Feb. 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey, California.
  • 1989
    1989
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    Day attends the 46th annual Golden Globe Awards. 
  • 2000
    2000
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    Day walks to her car on her 65th birthday in Carmel, California.