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Doris Day (NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Human Race


Doris Day, actress and singer, died on May 13 at age 97. Day, born Doris Kappelhoff in 1922, changed her name before launching her career in the big band era with Les Brown and His Band of Renown. Her first hit with the band was “Sentimental Journey” in 1945. She later signed a solo contract with Columbia Records in 1947, a partnership that lasted for 20 years and resulted in the recording of more than 650 songs. Day made her film debut in the well-received musical Romance on the High Seas in 1948. She brought emotion and power to a diverse selection of roles, from thrillers like Storm Warning to lighthearted romantic comedies such as Pillow Talk with Rock Hudson, for which she received her only Academy Award nomination. Day was married and divorced four times. She received a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 2008.


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