The life of Hollywood icon Doris Day remembered in pictures

Doris Day, whose wholesome screen presence stood for a time of innocence in films in the 1960s, has died aged 97.

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The actress died at her home in Carmel Valley, California, the Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed. The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends and "had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia". She was known as a honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and 1960s and among the most popular screen actresses in history. Day's lilting voice, wholesome beauty and ultra-bright smile brought her a string of hits, first on records, later in Hollywood. She celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3.

Doris Day, shopping with Van Johnson in the Italian Riviera resort of San Remo.

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Doris Day - originally Doris Von Kappelhoff - attending a reception at Claridges Hotel in London,
Doris Day with husband Marty Melcher at the film premiere of 'A Star Is Born' featuring Judy Garland.
Doris Day in London.
Doris Day, Frank Sinatra and Lauren Bacall are seen at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Doris Day with her son, American rock producer and songwriter Terry Melcher.
A friend to all the animals Doris Day as she wears a flower brooch.
Doris Day poses on a red Schwinn bicycle.
Doris Day abroad The Cunard Liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton.
Doris Day at Claridge's Hotel in London.