Doris Day Dead at 97: Goldie Hawn, Antonio Banderas and More Stars React

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Doris Day may be gone, but never forgotten.

Shortly after news broke Monday morning that the legendary actress, singer and animal activist died at the age of 97 at her home in Carmel Valley, California, celebrities began to pay their respects and send condolences to her family through statements and on social media.

"I think the most interesting thing about Doris' later life, was that the fans have continued to make the pilgrimage up to Carmel to celebrate her birthday every year, even if she was unable to join them," said Jackie Joseph, who starred on The Doris Day Show. "I have heard from so many that she has in many ways saved their lives, by lifting their spirits up through her music and films.  Doris had a light that actually healed people."

"It's with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to the beautiful and talented Doris Day," added Rich Little. "It was my honor to work with her on Doris Day Today in 1975. She was bubbly, charming and very funny. You couldn't help but feel at ease in her presence. I considered her to be one of the greatest stars of all times. She was not only a talented actress, but an amazing singer with many hits to her name."

"I recall singing along to 'Sentimental Journey,' 'Secret Love' and my all-time favorite Que Sera Sera,'" Little continued. "I had the honor of attending her 97th birthday party in Carmel, California, in March. The event was to raise funds for her animal foundation - one of her greatest joys. Her love of animals is well known. She once said, 'I have never found, in a human being, loyalty that is comparable to a dog's loyalty.' Sleep with the angels, dear lady. You will be sorely missed."

So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe was one of the first to remember Day, tweeting, "I fell in love with #DorisDay when I was 10 years old. #PillowTalk."

"God Bless Doris Day," wrote Boy George. "What a voice. What a legend."

We've lost another great Hollywood talent," added Seth MacFarlane. "Take a minute to appreciate the legendary Doris Day."

William Shatner shared a similar tribute, writing, "Condolences to the family of Doris Day. She was the World’s Sweetheart and beloved by all. Que Será, Será!"

See more reactions from celebrities, fans and more below:

"Doris Day has been a part of our historic forecourt since 1961 and both before and after that year her wonderful movies have graced our cinema screens, delighting generations of Hollywood movie goers and tourists," a statement from TCL Chinese Theatre reads. "She is beloved by fans the world over who come here and we pay homage to her memory and her unprecedented legacy in movies, music and TV."

Day was married four times throughout her life, most recently to Barry Comden, whom she split from in 1982 after more than five years of marriage. She had one son, Terry Melcher, whom she shared with her first husband, Al Jorden. Melcher, a musician, died in 2004 at age 62 after a battle with melanoma. 

She is survived by her grandson, Ryan Melcher.


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