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.
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!