Sammy Davis Jr. died in 1990 at the age of 64. His death didn’t come as a shock to those closest to him, who knew he’d been battling cancer since the year before. He passed away from throat cancer, which probably resulted from him smoking up to four packs of cigarettes every day.
He tried to leave his $4 million estates to his widow, Altovise Davis, but the IRS had other plans. He owed them more than $5 million, which had accrued interest and penalties and risen to over $7 million – which resulted in Altovise going into debt.
Picking His Wife
Davis would find himself tying the knot to a woman named Loray White. White, who had dabbled in entertainment herself, was called up by the entertainer and allegedly offered money for marrying him for a short period of time. He explained the situation to her, and she agreed to help him out.
Though she probably enjoyed the six months of marriage to a star, she knew it wasn’t meant to last. After all, the entire thing was staged so that Davis Jr. could continue working in Hollywood.
The Meanest Mogul
Harry Cohn was both hated and feared around Hollywood. He was known for being able to either make you or break you. Some said that he was one of the meanest moguls in the industry.
So, when he sent his men after Sammy Davis Jr., the entertainer felt powerless against him, and like he had no choice but to agree to call it quits with his beloved.
Dean Martin's Jobs Before Fame
A question that many interviewers today like to ask celebrities is what was their first job. It's always fun and funny to imagine our favorite star serving coffee at 16 for minimum wage.
Some were lucky enough to be actors from a young age and never held a normal job. Up until he met Jenny Lewis in 1964 Martin had to work normal jobs. Some of these included working at a gas station, in a steel mill, and even in a casino.
At War with the Army
This clever title belongs to the 1950's film that Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Mike Kellin wrote and starred in. The movie really helped them reach stardom.
"At War is the Army" is considered to be the first movie that featured Dean and Jerry as a duo, even though they have appeared in a couple of films together before that. Sadly, they got into a legal argument with Paramount Picture and they didn't really get to enjoy the movie's profits.