Doris Day, the sweet-voiced singer and actress whose innocent drama, musicals and romantic comedies made her a star in the 1950s and 1960s, passed away. She was 97. "[Doris] Day was in excellent physical health for her age, until she recently contracted severe pneumonia, which resulted in her death," the foundation said in a statement.

It will be remembered for, among others, What will be, will be, a global hit that has allowed him to bring together the two major axes of his career: song and cinema.

She also has a star for each of them on the "Boulevard of glory" in Hollywood.

The American is 32 years old when, in 1956, Alfred Hitchcock gives her the moving role of a mother whose child is kidnapped by spies coming from the cold in The man who knew too much.

Alongside James Stewart and Daniel Gélin, Doris Day plays a tailor-made role: that of a famous singer who interprets Que sera, will be at the top of her voice to signal to her son that the time of liberation is near.

The song, signed Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

She represented a time of innocence and love for the general public, a universe parallel to that of her contemporary Marilyn Monroe. A recurring joke attributed to Groucho Marx and actor and composer Oscar Levant was that they had known Doris Day "before she was a virgin".

In Pillow Talk, released in 1959 and her first of three films with Rock Hudson, she proudly caught up with what she called

"The contemporary in me".

His reference book, Doris Day: Her Own Story, published in 1976, recounted his money problems and three failed marriages, contrasting with the happy image of his career in Hollywood.

"I have the sad reputation of being a kind girl, the virgin of America, and all that, so I'm afraid it's shocking to some people to say it, but I firmly believe that no one should get married before have lived together, "she wrote.

Despite forty films and public adoration, Doris Day has never won an Oscar. She will have to settle for a Grammy Award for her singing career, with 650 titles to her credit.

But she received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, when George W. Bush said it was "a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio, decided to become a artist ".

In 2011 she received an award of excellence from the Association of Los Angeles Film Critics.

Kelly Donaldson for DayNewsWorld