Altovise Joanne Gore Davis, 65, Wife of Sammy Davis Jr. (1944-2009)

Altovise Joanne Gore Davis, 65, widow of Sammy Davis Jr. has died.  Gore Davis was hospitalized in on Thursday after suffering what appeared to be a stroke, and she was subsequently placed on life support.  She and Sammy Davis Jr. wed in 1970 (his third marriage) and adopted a son together. They remained married until the world renown entertainer passed away of throat cancer in 1990 at the age of 65.  Mrs. Davis was a dancer and actress originally from Charlotte, NC, who worked her way to the Broadway stage and met Sammy Davis Jr. while performing in “Golden Boy” in London in 1967.  Private services will be held in Burbank, CA, date and time to be announced.

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  • yeah i actually ran into Azizi Johari yesterday and she told me she might be going to LA soon because Altovese was not expected to survive. Azizi was one of Sammy’s background singer/dancers on his tv series The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. Sad to see her pass. She was such a strong woman!

  • I remember her. She was so energetic and vibrant at all times! She will be missed! My condolences to her and Sammy’s family during this time!