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.Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.