At the peak of his career, Sammy Davis, Jr. was the number one entertainer in the world. In the 70’s, he raked in $2 million per year. All of this admiration came to a screeching halt when he married white actress May Britt in 1960. Blacks and whites were appalled and Davis received death threats. May Britt’s career was blackballed after she married Davis and she never worked in Hollywood again. After giving birth to Davis’ only biological child (a daughter) they would divorce in 1968 after Davis admitted to having an affair with Lola Falana.

Kim Novak

Despite being involved with Falana, Davis carried on a series of interracial romances. When he began getting serious with blonde actress Kim Novak (pictured above) a "contract" was allegedly put out on his life and he was threatened, ‘you will lose your other eye’ if you continue seeing her. Before ending his relationship with Novak, Davis had a friend drive him to see her while he hid out in the backseat crunched down to avoid prying eyes.

Before the alleged contract was executed, allegedly Frank Sinatra intervened and saved the day but Davis still feared for his life and married a black showgirl, Loray White. In his autobiography, he stated that he got drunk and married Loray but an old school source informed us, ‘he married Loray out of desperation.’ The marriage lasted a few months before Davis got it annulled. Loray allegedly received a $10,000 settlement and a Cadillac.

Oddly, in 1973, in appreciation for Davis' balanced approach to Satanism in the film "Poor Devil," the "Church Of Satan made Davis an honorary Warlock II. They presented an award to Davis on stage during one of his performances at the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos by Michael Aquino and Karla LaVey.

Old timers consider Novak the love of Davis' life.  Months before he died of throat cancer, Altovise (Davis' widow) allowed Novak to visit.  She and Sammy spent hours talking and reminiscing.  A few weeks later, he died.

To watch a peformance of Sammy Davis, Jr. in Europe, click on the following link, Sammy Davis, Jr. Live!

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