Hollywood legend Doris Day passed away on Monday at the age of 97. Shockingly, she won’t have a funeral or even a grave marker!
Bob Bashara, Day’s longtime manager and friend, said that she was very shy and self-deprecating despite her fame. He told People Magazine, “She was guileless, and I had discussions with her about how popular she was, and she would say, ‘I don’t understand it’ about why she was so loved.”
Beyond her tense relationship with fame, Day was also extremely resistant to talking about death. Bashara claimed that when he tried to talk to Day about who would care for her dogs if something happened to her, she would reply, “I don’t want to think about it.”
An anonymous source went even further, saying that when she passed away, Day “didn’t want any fuss. She just wanted to disappear.”
Doris Day started out as a Big Band singer and became one of the top box-office draws of the 50s and 60s. She’s best known for her song “Que Sera Sera” and for starring roles in films like Pillow Talk and Calamity Jane.
Despite her sunny, bubbly onscreen persona, the real Doris Day experienced multiple tragedies throughout her life. Her only son, Terry Melcher, passed away in 2004. One of her 4 husbands squandered her considerable fortune–something she didn’t find out until his untimely death–leaving her bankrupt
Her sudden bankruptcy forced Day to accept an offer to perform on TV in The Doris Day Show, something she absolutely loathed. When the show was canceled in 1973, Day essentially retired from the public eye.
Doris had always been passionate about animal welfare and worked tirelessly to help make the world a better place for her beloved furry friends. She once said, “I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like, and I can’t say the same thing about people.”
Although she was nearly 100 years old at the time of her death, Day was reportedly in good health until very recently. Her cause of death seems to be pneumonia, which she had contracted recently.
The official statement from the Doris Day Animal Foundation, a charity that was dear to her heart, said that the actress “was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed” at her home in Carmel Valley, California.
The foundation told her many fans that if they’d like to pay tribute to her, they can make a donation in her honor.