Happy Birthday: Sammy Davis Jr. (1925–1990)

sammydavisjr.jpg Sammy Davis Jr. (1925–1990)

Born: December 8, 1925 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 16, 1990 (age 64) in Beverly Hills, California, USA

Married to:
Altovise Davis (11 May 1970 – 16 May 1990) (his death) (1 child)
May Britt (13 November 1960 – 19 December 1968) (divorced) (3 children)
Loray White (10 January 1958 – 23 April 1959) (divorced)

[on Laurence Olivier] If you had to worship something mortal on Earth, I would go and bow twice a day to wherever Olivier was standing.

[on the death of Martin Luther King] I asked President [Gregory] Peck to postpone the Academy Awards to show that someone cares. I certainly think any black man should not appear. I find it morally incongruous to sing ‘Talk to the Animals’ while the man who could make a better world for my children is lying in state. The Academy Awards show was delayed two days, until April 10, 1968 in respect for Dr. King.

[on the lifestyle of The Rat Pack in 1958] We gamble. There’s nothing else to do in Vegas. Man, it’s like Baghdad. You can’t sleep. All the chicks are after loot. So you sing, and what else do you do? Sometimes Dean and Frank sit in for the dealers. It must cost the house $1,000 every time. They see a little old schoolteacher making a bet and they slip her the good cards and let her win big.

 

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