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Doris Day 1922-2019

The iconic film star began her show-business career as a big-band singer

Doris Day
Doris Day backstage at the Aquarium, New York, 1946 (photo: William P. Gottlieb Collection/Library of Congress)

Doris Day, a singer and actress who began her career as a vocalist with World War II-era big bands before becoming a pop star and cinematic icon, died May 13 at her home in Carmel Valley, Calif. She was 97.

Her death was announced in a statement by her animal-welfare charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation. The cause of death was pneumonia, which the Foundation said she had contracted very recently. (A Christian Scientist, Day rejected medical treatment.)

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.