In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr. (2003) In his 60-year career, Sammy Davis Jr. always gave the impression that his life was a total gas, babe. Wil Haygood's incisive biography, In Black… 2003-10-07 Biography
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In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr. (2003)

Wil Haygood, In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.

Details Release Date: Oct 07, 2003; Writer: Wil Haygood; Genre: Biography

In his 60-year career, Sammy Davis Jr. always gave the impression that his life was a total gas, babe. Wil Haygood's incisive biography, In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr., reveals Davis hated his own blackness so much that he compulsively pursued white women and cackled at racial putdowns from his Rat Pack cronies. The era's most dazzling entertainer was also its neediest, throwing endless parties and giving extravagant gifts (while piling up debts to the Mob and the IRS). Haygood traces Sammy's motherless childhood spent on vaudeville stages, his chitlin-circuit adolescence, and his peak years as a star -- drawing a chilling portrait of a complex man who came to personify Las Vegas' flash as well as its lost soul.

Originally posted Oct 17, 2003 Published in issue #733 Oct 17, 2003 Order article reprints