- March 15, 2009 Altovise Davis dies at 65
Sammy Davis Jr.’s widow dies at age 65
- Buzz Up
LOS ANGELES – Altovise Joanne Gore Davis, a dancer and actress and the widow of Sammy Davis Jr., has died. She was 65.
Davis died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering a stroke, said Amy Malone, a publicist for her family.
worked her way to the Broadway stage where she met the legendary
entertainer when they performed together in the musical "Golden Boy" in
She became his third wife when they wed in
1970 (Davis was previously married to dancer Loray White and Swedish
actress Mai Britt). They adopted a son and remained together until
Davis died of throat cancer in 1990 at the age of 64.
his death she was left to sort through his multimillion IRS tax debt
and oversee his troubled estate. Last year, she sued two former
business partners in federal court, claiming they tricked her into
signing away the rights to the estate. The suit is pending.
Davis is survived by her son Manny.
A private memorial service was being planned.