Doris Day was one of the last remaining stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age and was sent off as such following her death on Monday.
The sunny actress and acclaimed singer died at age 97, not long after contracting pneumonia.
Though her career was full of box-office and chart-topping hits — namely her catchy tune “Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956) — the “Pillow Talk” star was also remembered for her work as an animal rights activist.
“She was a true star in more ways than one,” singer Paul McCartney wrote in a statement. “Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style. She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with.”
Likewise, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also highlighted that work, her efforts to stop animal homelessness and the Doris Day Animal League’s partnership to oppose chemical tests on animals.
“Doris Day was a silver screen and singing legend, but PETA will always remember her for her most important role: animal champion,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement. “Day was a warm, kind, generous person, and she will be missed by all of us here at PETA.”
Here’s how celebrities on social media paid their respects to the Hollywood icon:
Condolences to the family of Doris Day. She was the World’s Sweetheart and beloved by all. ❤️ Que Será, Será!😞— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 13, 2019
For those of us in my generation, Doris Day was synonymous with Hollywood icon. She would no doubt remind us, upon this day of her passing, “Que sera sera,” but we will miss her dearly anyway. Rest now in our hearts forever, Ms. Day.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 13, 2019
Farewell to the great Doris Day.— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) May 13, 2019
Here's the legendary actor and singer at the Hall in 1955, being directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She's about to spot a bad guy in our Door 6 porch, setting up the nerve-shredding finale of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' 🎥 pic.twitter.com/yIuyZfldQc
rest in peace, doris day ✨— gabriella lindley (@velvetgh0st) May 13, 2019
a beautiful, inspiring soul. calamity jane was my childhood 💗
No matter how old you are, it’s the music and movies of your youth that forever stir you. Kudos to Doris Day for the smiles she gave, the happiness she inspired and a life well lived. May her spirit soar.— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) May 13, 2019
The great Doris Day left us and took a piece of the sun with her. She brighten our lives and lived out her life with dignity. May she rest peacefully. ❤️— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) May 13, 2019
This morning I was saddened to learn that Doris Day who starred in a film I had written "The Thrill Of It All" had passed away at 97. Just a week ago, I contacted her and welcomed her to the 97 Year Actor's Club.— carl reiner (@carlreiner) May 13, 2019
It is with profound sadness that we say goodbye to our friend Doris Day, legendary actress, singer, & fierce animal advocate.— The Humane Society of the United States (@HumaneSociety) May 13, 2019
Though she will be missed, we can't thank her enough for her admiration & devotion to animals. pic.twitter.com/7Z1PwstF3r
One of my all time favourite stars has joined the heavenly choir. Rest in Peace the great & inimitable Doris Day. The last star of the Hollywood Golden Age. We'll bid you farewell by the Light of The Silvery Moon, but you will always be Young at Heart to us forever. 😢❤️ pic.twitter.com/VN0PUJAfnr— Elaine Paige (@elaine_paige) May 13, 2019
Sorry to hear of Doris Day's passing. We got to know Doris when Mom worked with her. They talked frequently until Mom's passing. We all shared our love for animals. I’m happy & proud to say I knew her & loved seeing her close friendship with my mother. They truly loved each other pic.twitter.com/EjhNsPxfRw— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) May 13, 2019
We're sad to hear of the passing of Doris Day. In 1952, Ronald Reagan starred alongside Ms. Day in "The Winning Team" (photo courtesy Warner Brothers). She was Hollywood royalty - a true legend in her time. Rest in Peace, Ms. Day. pic.twitter.com/dmyaBf3S9q— Reagan Foundation (@ronaldreagan40) May 13, 2019
I can only imagine the parade of grateful dogs/cats/animals that greeted Doris Day at the Rainbow Bridge. TY 4 being a role model in comedy, drama, & most important, 4 the millions of lives you saved in rescue. You were sunlight. RIP Ms. Day. #tailsofjoy https://t.co/blb1AnxMMZ pic.twitter.com/NQoRmN4bKC— Elayne Boosler (@ElayneBoosler) May 13, 2019
Doris Day, singer and perpetually chaste movie star of the 1950s and ’60s, dies at 97.— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) May 14, 2019
Thanks, Doris. Great run. To her credit, she handled “movie cads” very well on screen. She rarely succumbed to their oafish advances. Safe travels. https://t.co/dc8xZ3QlL2
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I had a lot to think about today. But this wonderful lady was in my mind all day, even when my thoughts were turbulent. I loved DORIS DAY. Never met her - so often dreamed about it - especially when I discovered her work in her animal sanctuary. But never did. Sadly ? Yes, but in a way I’m glad I never bothered her. But I always held Doris in my heart as the perfect singer - all warmth, always smiling, yet smouldering beneath. That voice !!! Tender and soft and inviting, yet ready burst into joyous overdrive as she poured her heart into the big moments. She wasn’t my generation, of course. She was of my parents’ generation, and a lot of people raised their eyebrows when I named her as my favourite singer when we were first asked this kind of question around 1970. “Doris Day?! She’s not a rock singer !” No - of course not. But listen to “ Secret Love” - my all time favourite. Listen to the beauty of those tones, and feel the passion in that performance. And remember that in those days there was no ProTools. This would be a single take. Her accuracy is sensational – she must be one of the most perfectly-in-tune singers in history. But that’s only the beginning. She doesn’t mess with the melody, or decorate it to show off. She tells the story - sings it from the heart, and all kinds of tiny curves and variations portray the emotion she feels. This isn’t the first time I’ve eulogised about Doris, but this, of course, is a special time. So many people who loved her will miss her. But, for me, seeing her peacefully depart the world at the age of 97, having followed her heart all the way, I just rejoice in her beauty and splendour, and thank her. And send her love on her next journey. RIP Doris Day. Bri
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Farewell, Doris Day. You will be remembered fondly. Not only was she an icon, one of the last from Hollywood's golden age, she was also the definition of compassion. Spent her retirement fighting for animal rights, stood by Rock Hudson without fear when he announced he had AIDS.— DJ Qualls (@TheOnlyDJQualls) May 14, 2019
As a kid I loved Doris Day because she proved you could look wholesome and still be sexy. I used to walk around imitating that catch in her breathy voice.— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) May 13, 2019