Hollywood actress, singer Doris Day dies at 97

Hollywood actress, singer Doris Day dies at 97

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

The legendary Hollywood star, who died on Monday morning, made her wishes clear in her will, her manager and close friend Bob Bashara tells PEOPLE.

Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the future star first cut a rug as part of a dancing duo in the '30s.

Renowned film expert Molly Haskel once called her "the most underrated, underappreciated actress that has ever come out of Hollywood". In 1945, she broke through into the entertainment industry with "Sentimental Journey", which she recorded with the Les Brown Orchestra.

Although mostly retired from show business since the 1980s, she still had enough of a following that a 2011 collection of previously unreleased songs, My Heart, hit the top 10 in the UK.

At 17, Day married Al Jorden, a trombone player who she later claimed beat her.

Doris Day won't be having a funeral after she died at the age of 97.

In her later years, Day focused her efforts on animal welfare activism, creating her own foundation and raising awareness for a raft of important causes.

The actress's sunny personality belied a tumultuous personal life. Day was appreciative of her fans throughout her long career, but she did not particularly enjoy talking about herself.

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The actress and singer found her biggest success with a series of bedroom comedies alongside Rock Hudson and James Garner, such as Pillow Talk and Move Over, Darling respectively.

It really helped her deal with all the ups and downs of her career and life, and how she remained optimistic.

Representatives for the Doris Day Foundation did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. She was 97 years old.

"She was a very bubbly character, a lovely person and she seemed to give me the impression she was loving the meeting as much as I was". Her second husband told her by letter that he was leaving her after eight months. She was known for her roles in musicals like "Lullaby of Broadway" and "Calamity Jane", as well as dramas like Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much".

"Doris' passionate work on behalf of dogs, cats, horses, sea lions, raptors and other animals in need of rescue, veterinary care and adoption will not end", the organisation said in a statement.

Her last film was "With Six You Get Eggroll", a 1968 comedy about a widow and a widower and the problems they have when blending their families.

Her Hollywood career began after she sang at a Hollywood party in 1947.

Her singing popularity led to a movie debut in 1948 in "Romance on the High Seas" and a contract at Warner Bros. She received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

She was married four times, I believe, and three of those marriages ended in divorce. And after he died she discovered that, in cahoots with a crooked lawyer, he had stolen her money.