Doris Day - "Que Sera Sera"
She was a legend, a star, an entertainer, the girl-next-door, a philanthropist, and most of all, she was a good human being. Her talent is unrivaled, and while she was often thought of as merely a song and dance woman, her acting chops were strong and she deserved every award they could throw at her.
Actress and singer Doris Day made nearly three dozen films and more than 600 recordings. At the height of her career, she topped both the billboard and the box office charts. Day died of pneumonia on Monday at the age of 97.
Day remains one of the most successful female movie stars of all time. She embodied the "girl next door" even in her 40s, which is probably why her films with Rock Hudson were so successful. A scene from 1959's Pillow Talk shows a split screen with Day and Hudson in their separate bathtubs, only it looks like they're in the same one — with their feet touching. Kind of risqué for 1959.
That was Day at the height of her film success, but her career began as a big band "girl singer," and with Les Brown's big band she had one of the biggest hits of World War II: "A Sentimental Journey." For many GIs, Doris Day represented the kind of girl you'd want to fight for and come home to.
The end of the war brought the end of the big band era and the beginning of Day's film career. Alfred Hitchcock used Day's voice as a plot device in The Man Who Knew Too Much, in which a distraught Day sings a distress signal, "Que Sera, Sera," to her kidnapped son. It became her signature tune and went to the No. 2 spot on the charts.
As an actress, she became the biggest female film star in the early 1960s, and ranked sixth among the box-office performers by 2012. In 2011, she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, which became a UK Top 10 album featuring new material. Among her awards, Day has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 1960, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and in 1989 was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. In 2004, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush followed in 2011 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Career Achievement Award.
She is the kind of icon that will never be forgotten. Her light shone so brightly that we will see her effects for years to come.
So today, with grief and happiness bundled together, I choose Doris Day’s iconic “Que Sera Sera” as my, who knows what the future holds, find the joy in the present moment, lift your spirits up from the ashes and look back to sky, song for a, let yourself be light, these are chances you must take, it can be wonderful, Monday.