Sammy davis jr dating history
Sammy Davis, Jr., boldly strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory.American Masters – Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me director Sam Pollard, writer and co-producer Laurence Maslon and executive producer Michael Kantor revisit some of his biggest controversies through rare interviews with Davis conducted by his biographer Burt Boyar.
Michael Kantor: So Larry, is a really important moment in Sammy's career. Laurence Maslon: He wanted to stretch, himself he wanted to do the kind of things he witnessed Frank Sinatra - his idol – doing, which was becoming a serious actor.Michael Kantor: What's interesting is James Brown is also a Nixon supporter right? You know people would cross the street when they saw Sammy Davis, Jr. Laurence Maslon: Do you think that was part and parcel of Sammy's dilemma that he worked so hard to assimilate for decades that when he embraced the Black Power movement he was seen as somehow inauthentic? I mean he was like you know he was like embraced by the Black community. Unless you're of that generation it was like passé by the time the 60’s came along. The complexion in terms of here is a short dark Black man. But the thing that people don't remember is that she always had a constant tan.And isn't it James Brown who you know, “Say it loud I'm black and I'm proud.” Do you think Sammy took something from that or are they at other ends of the- Sam Pollard: I think they both understood the idea that we live in a capitalist nation and capitalism was a very important part as we all know of what America is all about and that's what James Brown is all about. When James Brown you know was seen with Nixon at the White House the Black community was also upset with him but not to the same level that they were with Sammy Davis, Jr. Michael Kantor: You know I always wanted to ask you Sam, I saw that at that Kennedy inaugural ball doesn't Harry Belafonte bring his white wife, or Sidney Poitier, and that's not a big deal for them? I didn't think she was White when I was growing up you know until later I realized she was White. It was just such a difference to see these two together. Sammy Davis, Jr.: An atmosphere of interplay between people. I neither want to be a professional Jew, nor a professional Black, nor a professional do-gooder.The only thing that I want to be a professional at is my performance.