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5 things you didn’t know about late Doris Day

America's Doris Day dies aged 97. 5 things you didn't know about her
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America’s music and Hollywood icon Doris Day passed away aged 97 on Monday and the world is mourning her death.

She died on 13th May 2019 surrounded by her family and friends, her foundation announced.

Born Doris Mary Kappelhoff, Doris Day’s entertainment career spanned several decades. She was both a singer and an actor and would set up a pet foundation on retirement from Hollywood.

Her glittering singing career included timeless classics like Whip Crack Away, Qué Será Será and Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps.

Her movie credit includes roles in such films such as Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk and a 1956 hit Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be).

Here are five facts you might not know about the singer who gifted us with some timeless classics.

1. She originally wanted to be a dancer but her dream was crushed after she was involved in a car accident, which effectively ended that hope. She learnt a new skill while recovering and would go on to become a singer.

2. Doris Day was a singer before she acted. Her first hit single, Sentimental Journey, was released in early 1945.

She would release her last album, a compilation album titled My Heart, over 60 years later. The album peaked at number one in the UK in 2011.

3. Although she was one of the biggest female stars of all time, she never won an Oscar. She had roles in classics such as The Man Who Knew Too Much, Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk, which was her only Oscar nomination. Her movie I’ll See You in My Dreams (1951), broke box-office records of 20 years.

4. Doris Day was rarely seen in public after 1970. After she stopped acting in 1973, she didn’t seek the limelight apart from the occasional interview.

5. She was an animal lover. She set up an animal foundation in 1978 to help rehouse pets that were in need of a home. To complement the Doris Day Animal Foundation, Day formed the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1987, a national non-profit citizen’s lobbying organisation whose mission is to reduce pain and suffering and protect animals through legislative initiatives. A facility bearing her name, the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center, which helps abused and neglected horses, opened in 2011 in Murchison, Texas, on the grounds of an animal sanctuary started by her late friend, author Cleveland Amory. Day contributed $250,000 towards the founding of the centre.

A version of this story appeared on the BBC website.

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5 things you didn’t know about late Doris Day