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Doris Day: Her life in pictures

Updated 12:13 PM ET, Mon May 13, 2019
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Actress Doris Day, one of the biggest box-office stars in Hollywood history, died Monday, May 13, at the age of 97. Archive Photos/Moviepix/Getty Images
Doris Day was born in Cincinnati on April 3, 1922. Her birth name was Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff. Her parents were William and Alma. William was a music teacher. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Day at the age of 4. John Springer Collection/Corbis Historical/Getty Images
Day, who gained reputation as a dancer at an early age, poses for a 1937 photo with dancing partner Jerry Doherty. In October of that year, Day seriously injured her right leg in a car accident and decided to concentrate on her singing career. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
Day became a performer on local radio and then joined a swing band. The bandleader feared that her last name was too long for a marquee, so he dubbed her Doris Day after a song of hers, "Day After Day." In 1947, she signed a contract with Columbia Records. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Day made her film debut in 1948's "Romance on the High Seas." ullstein bild/Getty Images
Day dances with Gene Nelson on the set of the 1950 film "Tea for Two." Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
Day performs in a scene from 1951's "Lullaby of Broadway." Warner Brothers/Archive Photos/Moviepix/Getty Images
Day with her third husband and manager, Martin Melcher, outside his talent agency in Hollywood. Melcher died unexpectedly in 1968, leaving Day in financial straits. Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images
Ronald Reagan holds Day in the 1952 film "The Winning Team." Reagan and Day briefly dated before she married Melcher in 1951. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
Day sits on a fence with her son, Terry, in front of their home. Terry was her only child. Hulton Archive/Archive Photos/Getty Images
From left, Day, Jimmy Stewart and Richard Wattis star in the 1956 film "The Man Who Knew Too Much." In that movie, Day sang "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)." The song reached No. 2 on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it sold millions of copies. It also won an Oscar for songwriters Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Hulton Archive/Archive Photos/Getty Images
From left, Buddy Adler, Day and Tony Curtis pose after the 1958 Golden Globes. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
Day and Rock Hudson in a scene from the 1959 film "Pillow Talk." Michael Ochs Archives/Moviepix/Getty Images
Day signs her name in wet cement next to her handprints in Hollywood. In 1960, Day received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for music and one for film. Hulton Archive/Archive Photos/Getty Images
Baseball stars Roger Maris, left, and Mickey Mantle talk with Day on the set of "That Touch of Mink" in 1961. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
Day poses during a scene from the 1962 film "Billy Rose's Jumbo." Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images
In 1965, young women from around the world competed in the International Doris-for-a-Day Look Alike contest. Day is third from left here with the top five finishers. Bettmann Archive/getty images
Day is dressed in a mermaid suit from the film "The Glass Bottom Boat" in 1966. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images
Day reads a bedtime story during a scene from "The Doris Day Show" in 1969. Day starred in the TV sitcom from 1968-1973. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
In 1976, Day released her autobiography "Doris Day: Her Own Story." Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images
Day and her fourth husband, Barry Comden pose for a photo. The couple married in 1976 and divorced in 1981. Comden was her last husband. Tom Wargacki/WireImage/Getty Images
Day and Clint Eastwood attend the Golden Globes in 1989. Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage/Getty Images