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No gravestone, funeral or memorial service for Doris Day

By Storm Gifford • May 15, 2019 at 12:30 PM

When it came to death, Doris Day’s attitude was anything but whatever will be, will be.

The 97-year-old Hollywood legend, who died from pneumonia on Monday, “didn’t like death,” according to her manager Bob Bashara.

The Academy Award-nominated star of “Pillow Talk” explicitly stated in her will that her death was not to be commemorated.

“No funeral, no memorial and no marker,” said Bashara, who believed another reason behind Day’s final wishes is that she was a “very shy person.”

The singer-actress became a Christian Scientist in 1951, when she married the third of her four husbands, Martin Melcher. Despite straying from the religion after his 1968 death, she remained close to God.

“She believed in God, and she thought her voice was God-given,” explained Bashara. “She would say, ‘God gave me a voice, and I just used it.’”

Day ensured her numerous pets would be well taken care, according to her will. The remaining bulk of her estate will be donated to charity.

“I’d say we need to provide for her dog (after she died) and she’d say, ‘I don’t want to think about it’ and she said, ‘Well, you just take care of them,’” Bashara told People. “She had several when her will was written, and she wanted to be sure they were taken care of. She didn’t like to talk about the dogs dying.”

Her fans are being encouraged to support the Doris Day Animal Foundation through donations.


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