Her friendship with Rock Hudson helped shed light on the AIDS epidemic of the '80s.
Iconic celebrity, gay ally and animal welfare activist Doris Day has died reports her non-profit foundation. She was 97-years-old.
The Doris Day Foundation confirmed the news early Monday morning. They said she died at her Carmel Valley home.
In an email statement, her foundation said Day was in great physical shape but had recently experienced a "serious case of pneumonia.” She was surrounded by close friends at the time of her passing.
Doris Day was a prolific actress and singer. In the '60s she starred in a string of rom-coms with Rock Hudson including "Pillow Talk," "Lover Come Back," and "Send Me No Flowers." She and Hudson would form a special friendship off the screen until his death from an AIDS-related illness in 1985.
“I think the reason people liked our movies is because they could tell how much we liked each other. It came across that way on screen. He was a good friend," Day said in a 2015 interview.
Not just limited to comedies, Day also caught the eye of director Alfred Hitchcock who cast her in his thriller "The Man Who Knew Too Much," opposite Jimmy Stewart.
Her talents also included singing. Her songs, "Sentimental Journey," "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)," and "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps" were all hits, the latter made a slight revival in 1992's dance musical "Strictly Ballroom."
Day's combination of talent and sweet disposition made her a Hollywood darling. She famously turned down the part of Mrs. Robinson in Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" because she thought the script was "offensive."
In 2019, just after her 97th birthday, The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the actress in a rare interview opportunity. In the one-on-one, she revealed her favorite film to work on throughout her career was "Calamity Jane."
"I was such a tomboy growing up, and she was such a fun character to play," she said. "Of course, the music was wonderful, too — 'Secret Love,' especially, is such a beautiful song."
Doris Day: 1922-2019