Many were saddened to learn of the recent death of Altovise Davis, the widow of legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. Mrs. Davis died Saturday, March 14, of complications from a stroke. She was 65. Mrs. Davis was a talented actress and dancer in her own right. In 1967, she was working on the Broadway stage when she met her future husband. They both were performing in the musical Golden Boy. In May 1970, she became Davis’ third wife. They were married by Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. in a Philadelphia courthouse. Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer at age 64 on May 16, 1990, five days after their 20th wedding anniversary. The couple adopted a son, Manny, in 1989.

Delores McCain