The critics group have decided to honour the star of such classics as Calamity Jane, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Tunnel Of Love, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and That Touch of Mink.

“Decades on from the main body of her work, Doris Day is still arguably the template to which Hollywood turns when trying to quantify and capture ‘girl-next-door’ appeal,” Brent Simon, president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, said.

“Equally at home in snappish romantic comedies and more dramatic fare, Day was the biggest female star of the 1960s, giving a series of delightfully perceptive performances. LAFCA is thrilled to be able to honor her.”

Day was also a successful recording artists and passionate animal rights activist.

Winners of the 37th annual LAFCA awards will be selected on Dec 11 and announced via Twitter. The date for the annual LAFCA awards dinner will be announced in due course.

This year, LAFCA inducted two new members into the Association: Annlee Ellingson and Betsy Sharkey.