Hollywood Legend Doris Day Dies At The Age Of 97

Hollywood Legend Doris Day Dies At The Age Of 97

Actress, singer and animal welfare activist, Doris Day, died of pneumonia on Monday, May 13th at the age of 97 years.

And, with her passing, so did another important piece of my childhood memories.

Everyone wanted to be like Doris Day – beautiful inside and out and with a sunny disposition that would not quit! She was a lovely role model growing up – a breath of fresh air.

Her eyes glowed with passion and authenticity when she sang. It appeared and sounded effortless and washed over me like a warm summer breeze.

Generally known for her hit, “Que Sera, Sera“, she was the voice of many vocal gems – my favourite being “Secret Love” from the movie musical , “Calamity Jane“.

I sang this song all the time in my youth and it saddens me to think that so many modern day vocalists have abandoned the beauty of a simple melody and musical message.

During her Golden Years, she dedicated her life to her beloved animals and lived simply and quietly. Therefore, her wish to not have a large ceremony or a headstone seems appropriate.

However, many fans around the world will be celebrating her legacy today and beyond. I know I will. She will be missed.

To the fans, family and friends of Doris Day, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences. R.I.P. Doris Day.

You can read more about her legacy at CNN.Com

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

4 Responses to “Hollywood Legend Doris Day Dies At The Age Of 97”

  1. I always liked her cheerful take on Cole Porter’s “Just One of Those Things,” myself!

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  2. Ooo. I will have to check this out. Thanks RR!


  3. I’m sorry to hear that she has passed.

    I enjoyed seeing one of her movies again several months ago that I had seen before, “Young Man With A Horn” with Kirk Douglas, Hoagy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall. She played a band singer and sang many songs in her soft, sultry effortless style in this film. She also had a way of bringing the heat in sort of a virtuous vixen kind of way that can be surprising sometimes. She always seemed like a first class lady when I saw her interviews and live appearances.

    America’s sweetheart, Doris Day. Rest in Peace.


  4. Legends like her will go on forever in our hearts. I love the fact that her celebrity status never changed the person on who she was. RIP, the world will always remember her….


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