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Sammy Davis Jr.’s widow dies at 65

Altovise Joanne Gore Davis was dancer, thesp

Altovise Joanne Gore Davis, a dancer and actress and the widow of Sammy Davis Jr., died March 14 in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke. She was 65.

Davis worked her way to the Broadway stage where she met the legendary entertainer when they performed together in the musical “Golden Boy” in 1967.

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.

After 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.

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