Home » Sammy: The Autobiography of Sammy Davis, Jr. by Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy: The Autobiography of Sammy Davis, Jr. Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy: The Autobiography of Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Published
ISBN : 9780374293550
Paperback
480 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-90) rose from childhood stardom on the vaudeville stage to become one of the most famous African American entertainers of the 1950s and 60s (and the only black member of Frank Sinatras Rat Pack). At the same time, he spentMoreSammy Davis, Jr. (1925-90) rose from childhood stardom on the vaudeville stage to become one of the most famous African American entertainers of the 1950s and 60s (and the only black member of Frank Sinatras Rat Pack). At the same time, he spent most of his career surrounded by controversy and ridicule--over his affairs with white film stars, his 1960 marriage to Swedish actress May Britt, his conversion to Judaism, his closeness to the Kennedys (and later Richard Nixon), and his problems with alcohol and drugs.When Davis published his first memoir, Yes, I Can, in 1965, it was a critical and popular success--acclaimed for a candor and thoughtfulness rare in celebrity autobiographies and for its painful evocation of life as a black peformer in segregated America. Daviss 1980 memoir, Why Me?, laid bare Daviss troubled relationship to the Kennedys, his ambivalence toward the Black Pride movement, the end of his marriage to Britt (and his complex open marriage with Altovise Davis), and his flamboyant, self-loathing misbehavior, from ruinous extravagance to flirtations with Satanism.Daviss co-writer Burt Boyar has revised Daviss memoirs, incorporating material from unpublished interviews, and has added a new introduction and epilogue. The result is a testament to an unacknowledged--often uncomfortable--leader in the struggle for racial equality.