Kaley Cuoco will play Doris Day in limited series

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Kaley Cuoco has scored another high-flying triumph to go alongside her "Flight Attendant" show: She'll be playing legendary actor Doris Day in a new limited series.

As Variety reported Friday, Cuoco's Yes, Norman Productions has landed the right to develop A.E. Hotchner's "Doris Day: Her Own Story." It's pairing with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television (the same folks behind "The Flight Attendant") to tell the story of Hollywood's "good girl" actor and her tumultuous personal life.

Doris Day and Kaley Cuoco (Getty Images)
Doris Day and Kaley Cuoco (Getty Images)

Hotchner's 1976 biography was based on interviews with Day. As Day, Cuoco will be telling the story of the actor, singer (she scored a hit in 1956 with "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" and animal rights activist.

Cuoco's in a good place these days: Though "The Flight Attendant," on which she's also an executive producer, failed to win any Golden Globes in February, just being nominated raised her profile. And we all got to see a flash of her good humor at having lost with a series of eating-your-feelings Instagram posts she made.

Day began acting in movies in the 1940s, starting in musicals. Over the next 20 years, she became a huge A-list star, featured in films like "Calamity Jane" (1953) and "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956), in which she sang "Que Sera." She also made a handful of films with co-star Rock Hudson, including "Pillow Talk" (1959) and "Lover Come Back" (1961), an association that earned them a pairing in the "Grease" tune "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee."

Kaley Cuoco in
Kaley Cuoco in

But her wholesome, conservative image on screen did not quite pair with her four marriages, three of which ended in divorce. Her third husband, producer Martin Melcher, embezzled millions from her and left her in debt when he died. She shifted into television and eventually became known as a big supporter of animal rights and welfare. Day died in 2019 at the age of 97.

The former "Big Bang Theory" actor, who owns lots of dogs and rides horses, shared the news about the new series on Instagram Friday, summing it all up quite nicely with her caption.

"Que sera, sera, whatever will be will be, the future’s not ours to see, que sera, sera," she wrote.