Doris Day to receive L.A. Film Critics Assn. career award
The blond, perky actress/singer was one of the biggest films stars during the late 1940s, '50s and '60s appearing in films such as 1955's "Love Me or Leave Me" and 1959's "Pillow Talk," for which she earned her only best actress Oscar nomination. "Pillow Talk" marked her first collaboration with actor Rock Hudson, and the two WENT on to star in 1961's "Lover Come Back" and 1964's "Send Me No Flowers."
She also appeared in hits such as 1953's "Calamity Jane," the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and 1958's "Teacher's Pet."
Her last film was 1968's "With Six You Get Eggroll." She then starred on TV in "The Doris Day Show" from 1968 through 1973 on CBS. A noted animal rights activist, the octogenarian lives in Carmel, where she operated a pet friendly hotel. She recently released a new album of songs, "My Heart."
The critics group said it would announce its selections for the best films of 2011 on Dec. 11.
The awards will be handed out at a dinner in January.
Photo: An old publicity photo of Doris Day in "Pillow Talk." Credit: Universal Pictures