“I've never met an animal I didn't like, and I can't say the same thing about people.” — Doris Day (Actress, Singer and Animal Rights Advocate)
Beloved actress, singer and animal rights advocate Doris Day passed away yesterday at the age of 97. Day became a popular singing sensation in post-WWII America, racking up several number-one hits with songs like “Sentimental Journey” and “My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time”. Known for her wholesome persona, the songstress easily made the transition to acting — quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses during the fifties. Day starred in huge hits like the 1953 western musical “Calamity Jane” and Hitchcock’s 1956 suspense thriller “The Man Who Knew Too Much” — the film that earned her the Best Original Song Oscar for “Que Sera, Sera”. After retiring from show business in the 1980s, Day devoted her life to animal welfare, founding the Doris Day Animal League, a non-profit lobbying group that works to protect animals through legislative initiatives. Recognizing her monumental efforts to this cause and her contributions as an artist, Doris Day was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.