Sammy davis jr. - the song and dance man


In December, Novak went home to Chicago for the holidays while Davis stayed in Las Vegas. He missed Novak so much that he found a replacement for his act and flew overnight to see her and meet her parents.

In the latter years of his life (he died from throat cancer in 1990), Davis is shown as out of step with the changing times, but still a star. In a TV tribute to his 60 years in show biz, there is a scene that touches the heart. A young Michael Jackson sings, “Thanks to you, there’s a door we all walk through,” with cutaways to Davis who is visibly moved. He is clearly ill, but still has the strength to slip on a pair of shiny tap shoes and dance a little.

We're proud of being Jews here at JONJ (maybe a little too proud sometimes). You don't write over 500 profiles of Jews because you're kind of, sort of, maybe into being Jewish. And yet, if there's one thing we can't understand (actually, there are lots of things we can't understand, but bear with us) it's someone who isn't Jewish that chooses to be so. Seriously, who in their right mind looks and says: "You know what? Thousands of years of prejudice, violence and misery with little end in sight sounds good to me. Sign me up!" Oh sure, it's a great religion, wonderful culture, good sandwiches, yadda yadda yadda. And we've all been indoctrinated that there's nobility in being the underdog, the shlimazel done good. Heck, plenty of people marry in and we understand how that happens, too. But choosing this kind of inevitable heartbreak of your own accord? On purpose? That's just plain meshuggenah. So, do we welcome someone as famous and distinguished as Sammy Davis Jr. with open arms? Every day of the week and twice on shabbos. But do we understand his decision? Not even a little bit. Verdict: Jew . March 17, 2009

Sammy Davis Jr ., Actor: The Cannonball Run. Sammy Davis Jr . was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". He was born in …



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