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(CNN)Doris Mary Ann Kapplehoff of Cincinnati, Ohio, always insisted she was never as wholesome and pristine as her show biz alter ego Doris Day was made out to be in the movies.

Day died Monday at 97.

In the 1976 memoir she wrote with help from A.E. Hotchner shortly after semi-retiring from acting, Day described that image as caustically as any jaundiced critic of her mid-20th century romantic comedies: "Miss Chastity Belt," "America's la-di-da happy virgin."