Doris Day, 'Pillow Talk' Star, Was America's '50s Sweetheart

By Karen Harris
Portrait of Doris Day from the '60s; with Rock Hudson on the movie poster for 'Pillow Talk' (1959). Sources: Bettmann/Getty; IMDB

Doris Day, the Calamity Jane, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Pillow Talk star, was a talented actress, singer and dancer. Day was idolized for her girl-next-door good looks and a playful innocence that starkly contrasted the appeal of more overt sex symbols of her day, like Marilyn Monroe. When she died on May 13, 2019, at the age of 97 after a bout with pneumonia, Hollywood mourned the loss of an icon. Let’s look back at the life and legacy of the beautiful and talented singer and actress Doris Day.