Doris Day’s unusual last request
DORIS Day's strange post-mortem requests have been laid bare as the world mourns the death of the Hollywood legend.
The singer and actress, who starred in blockbusters including Calamity Jane, died at her home on Monday at the age of 97.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation said in a statement that Day was surrounded by close friends at the time of her death and "had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia".
The organisation added that "Doris' wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker".
Day, who starred in movies across the 1950s and 60s, was one of the most popular screen stars in history.
She was consistently a huge box office draw, and also had huge success as a singer, with hits including Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).
Singing at a Hollywood party in 1947 led to early stardom and after a stint at Warner Bros, Day won the best notices of her career with Love Me Or Leave Me in 1955.
She followed with Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much and the 1958 comedy Teacher's Pet.
But she found her greatest success in slick, stylish sex comedies, beginning with her Oscar-nominated role in Pillow Talk.
She never actually won an Academy Award, but Day was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.
In more recent years, Day turned her attention to animal welfare, founding the DDAF in 1978.
Following news of her death, plenty of celebrities took to Twitter to share heartfelt tributes to the late star.
Rest In Peace Doris Day. 🙏🏻❤️ She will always be one of my very favorites! 🌈💕🌸💫⭐️ pic.twitter.com/kwq8IWfzb8— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) 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
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
Throughout her life, Day had four husbands - three of whom she divorced and one who died in 1968.
She had just one son, Terry Melcher, a record producer who died of melanoma in 2004 at the age of 62.