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Doris Day was a singer and actress most popular in the 1950s and early-1960s. She starred in a television sitcom called "The Doris Day Show" from 1968-1973.
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Doris Day's first hit big band song, "Sentimental Journey," helped her transition into film. She became known for costarring with Rock Hudson in a series of movies, including "Pillow Talk" and "Send Me No Flowers."
Elizabeth Taylor starred alongside Rock Hudson and James Dean in one of her most unforgettable roles in George Steven’s epic film "Giant."
Judy Garland signed with MGM at the age of 13 and in 1939 she starred in "The Wizard of Oz." After years of battling addiction and professional disappointments, she died on June 22, 1969.
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Her union with George Weidler lasted only a short time before the pair split.
In 1951, Day wed Martin Melcher, who also served as her manager. They stayed together until his death in 1968. After his death, Day discovered that her third husband had lost most of her money in bad investments with a shady lawyer. She was devastated to find herself bankrupt and had a nervous breakdown. Fortunately,
Day was able to recoup $22 million from the lawyer in a lawsuit in 1974. Day once again tried for wedded bliss with Barry Comden in 1976. The couple divorced in 1981.
In addition to her romantic woes, Day suffered a great personal loss in 2004. Her only child, Terry, a successful music producer, died after a long battle with skin cancer. Terry's son, Ryan Melcher, is a real estate agent in California and has been involved in some of Day's philanthropic efforts. Day lives in Carmel, California.
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