How Doris Day Transformed a California Hotel by Opening It Up to Animals

The actress died at 97 on Monday.

In the wake of Doris Day's death, many are paying tribute to the strides the actress made for animals.

Day was not only one of the most famous residents in Carmel, California; for nearly 35 years, she also co-owned one of its local landmarks, The Cypress Inn, which is a 44-room boutique hotel. The hotel is considered one of the most pet-friendly in America.

Co-owner Denny Levett said he jumped at the chance to buy the hotel with the Hollywood icon 33 years ago.

“She said, ‘I want animals in the hotel.’ I said, ‘I’m game,’” he told Inside Edition. 

One of Day's co-stars in Alfred Hitchcock's “The Man Who Knew Too Much" also remembered his experiences with the actress. 

In the movie, Day sings to child actor Christopher Olsen. “From the beginning she didn’t think the song ["Que Sera Sera"] was that great, that it would be really that good,” Olsen told Inside Edition. 

The song went on to win an Oscar in 1956.

Day died Monday at the age of 97.