Early Monday morning (May 13), it was announced that beloved Hollywood icon Doris Day had passed away at the age of 87. Her foundation, the Doris Day Animal Foundation shared the news on their Twitter.
— DDAF (@DDAF_org) May 13, 2019
She started her career as a big band singer in 1939 and made her big break in 1945 when her song “Sentimental Journey” went number one on the charts. The song has been covered by many different singers over the years, including Conway Twitty.
Once Day was an established singer, she tried her hand at acting, and the world fell even more in love with her. She made her debut in 1948 in the movie Romance On the High Seas, which began her very successful 20-year career in Hollywood films.
All of her movies are beloved, but there’s one that stood out to us the most, 1953’s Calamity Jane.
The movie musical is based on real, historical figures and the alleged romance between Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hillcock, whom she realizes she is in love with alter in the movie. Once she does, she sings “Secret Love.”
Calamity Jane featured plenty of incredible music and songs, including “I Can Do Without You,” “The Clack Hills of Dakota,” and “Just Blew in from the Windy City.”
“Secret Love” topped both the Billboard and the Cash Box charts, and eventually won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Day admitted that the first time she heard “Secret Love,” she said, “I just about fell apart.”
Although Day is no longer with us, her legacy lives on in her music and films. Let’s remember just how talented she was with her incredible performance of “Secret love” from her movie Calamity Jane in the movie below.