Altovise Davis, dead at 65

The late performer Sammy Davis Jr.’s third wife, singer and actress Altovise Davis has died at age 65.

Sammy Davis Jr. was part of the Sinatra-led “Rat Pack” that often performed together in Las Vegas shows and in movies.

Mrs. Davis died Saturday afternoon (March 14) after being hospitalized on Thursday. She suffered a stroke according to the Los Angeles Times.

Altovise met Sammy Davis, Jr. in the mid sixties while the two worked together.  The two married on May 11, 1970 in a Philadelphia courthouse presided by Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Mrs. Davis spearheaded several philanthropic organizations, including SHARE Inc., a nonprofit group that raises money for developmentally disabled, abused and neglected children.

Altovise was profiled in a People magazine story in October 1990.

The story shone a spotlight on Davis’ crushing IRS bill and a $2.5 million mortgage on her Beverly Hills home.

People wrote: “According to Altovise, Davis had hoped that the 11-country tour with Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli that he launched a year and a half before his death would earn enough to settle his debts. ‘Sammy thought the tour would solve a lot of problems,’ says Altovise. ‘He was very honest about it. Even when he had the throat cancer, we thought he’d get better, get through it and finish the tour.’ “

Sammy Davis Jr. died from throat cancer on May 16, 1990 – five days after their 20th anniversary.

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