Goldie Hawn, Tony Bennett, more pay tribute to the late Hollywood actress
In the wake of Day’s death after contracting a serious case of pneumonia, stars from the film, television, music, and fashion worlds paid tribute to the Oscar-nominated Pillow Talk actress, including Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Tony Bennett, and more.
“A Cincinnati girl just like me,” Parker wrote on Instagram. “How many letters I drafted to you and didn’t send. I could never get it right but they all said the same thing: I love you. Millions did and do.”
Fellow actress Goldie Hawn said “Doris Day left us and took a piece of the sun with her” in an emotional Twitter message. “She [brightened] our lives and lived out her life with dignity. May she rest peacefully.”
Singer Melissa Etheridge also tweeted praise of Day — who, after making 39 feature films, retired from acting in 1973 following the conclusion of her television series The Doris Day Show — noting “what a huge influence” the actress was on her early career, giving her “hope [that] a woman could be strong, funny, and successful.”
Gloria Gaynor also remembered Day for her charitable endeavors, as the actress was also a fervent activist for animals, and even founded the Doris Day Animal League in 1987.
“Doris Day was great actress & a lovely, gracious lady. My condolences to all who loved her,” Gaynor tweeted. “My prayers are with her family & loved ones. She was a dedicated protector of animal rights & animal welfare on top of her wonderful voice and amazing on-screen talent. She will be missed.”
Read on for more celebrity reactions to Day’s death.