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Deconstructing Sammy : music, money, and madness

Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publisher: New York : Amistad, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Amistad pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Sammy Davis Jr. lived a storied life. Adored by millions over a six-decade-long career, he was considered an entertainment icon and a national treasure. But depite lifetime earnings that topped $50 million, Sammy died in 1990 near bankruptcy, his estate was declared insolvent, and there was no possibility of ever using Sammy's name or likeness again. It was as if Sammy had never existed. Years later his wife  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Sammy Davis, Jr.; Sammy Davis, Jr.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Birkbeck
ISBN: 9780061450679 0061450677
OCLC Number: 440810075
Description: 280 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Music, money, and madness
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Responsibility: Matt Birkbeck.

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Sammy Davis Jr. lived a storied life. Adored by millions over a six-decade-long career, he was considered an entertainment icon and a national treasure. But depite lifetime earnings that topped $50 million, Sammy died in 1990 near bankruptcy, his estate was declared insolvent, and there was no possibility of ever using Sammy's name or likeness again. It was as if Sammy had never existed. Years later his wife Altovise was living in poverty when she turned to a former federal prosecutor, Albert "Sonny" Murray, to make one last attempt to resolve Sammy's debts, restore his estate, and revive his legacy. For seven years Sonny probed Sammy's life to understand how someone of great notoriety and wealth could have lost everything, and in the process he came to understand Davis, a man whose complexity makes for a riveting work of celebrity biography as cultural history.--Publisher description.

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