Sammy Davis Jr. & May Britt

May Britt and Sammy Davis, Jr.

May Britt and Sammy Davis, Jr.  


Sammy Davis Jr. and May Britt were married for 8 years. They dated for 6 months after getting together in Apr 1960 and married on 13th Nov 1960. 8 years later they divorced on 20th Dec 1968.

They had 3 children, Traci (60), Jeff Chandler (58) and Mark Sidney (58).


American Actor Sammy Davis Jr. was born Samuel George Davis Jr. on 8th December, 1925 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA and passed away on 16th May 1990 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA aged 64. He is most remembered for Member of the 'Rat Pack'. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

May Britt is a 88 year old American Actress. Born Maybritt Wilkens on 22nd March, 1933 in Lidingö, Sweden, she is famous for Actress, Author, Painter. Her zodiac sign is Aries.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating15th Apr 1960 - 13th Nov 1960 7 months, 2 days
Married13th Nov 1960 - Dec 1968 8 years
Total Apr 1960 - Dec 1968 8 years, 8 months

(November 13, 1960 - December 20, 1968) (divorced) 3 children
16 April 60 in New York, she declines to confirm or to deny reports that she and Sammy Davis, Jr., are planning marriage. Davis' name is linked romantically with her since shortly after he and a 21-year-old Canadian white singer, Joan Stewart / Stuart, broke off an engagement.
heads for London, where Davis is making his first appearance as an entertainer. "She's still telling friends she'll probably become Mrs. D."
columnist Walter Winchell tells: "May Britt flies to Sweden soon to visit her kin. Then she will take her father to London to meet Sammy Davis, Jr., her next groom, in November..."
2 June 60
after his $12,000-a-week nightclub act at the Pigalle in London, Davis has to face insults from British fascists. About 30 followers of Sir Oswald Mosley wave banners saying "Go home, Nigger" and "Get divorced first, Slag," heaping abuse on him for his plans to marry her in London in September after her divorce is final.
3 June 60
Davis suggests she go to Paris for a few days. Before leaving London, she tells the press that her love for Davis cannot be destroyed by fascist hate attacks against their marriage plans.
6 June 60
at a news conference in London she and Davis announce plans to marry after her divorce becomes final. He's 5-foot-6-inches tall; she's 5-foot-7. He's 34; she's 24. He's a convert to the Jewish faith, but she says she will remain a Protestant.
her father arrives in London to meet Davis
she and Davis are booed publicly in London during his stage show act
20 June 60
a 20th Century-Fox spokesman says in Hollywood that her contract won't be renewed when the option falls due this summer. The studio refuses to say if the action is a result of her plans to marry Davis. "Let's put it this way," the spokesman says, "Her picture, The Blue Angel, didn't set any records at the box office. We don't believe we have any further properties that would suit her."
Early October 60 is with Davis in Las Vegas but goes to Los Angeles four days a week to take religious instruction from Sammy's rabbi
25 October 60
three youths wearing swastika arm bands parade outside the Huntington Hartford Theater where Davis is appearing. Officers take them into protective custody and then release them.
9 November 60
she and Davis take out their marriage license in Los Angeles
13 November 60
marries Sammy Davis, Jr., at his Hollywood home above Sunset Strip. He's 34; she's 26; the press gives her age as 24. The Jewish rites are performed by Rabbi William M. Kramer of Hollywood's Temple Israel. Frank Sinatra is best man, and Mrs. George Rhodes, wife of Davis' musical manager, is matron of honor. She almost misses her wedding when a severe attack of intestinal flu with a 103-degree fever beds her hours before the ceremony. After the rites she returns to bed, and Davis goes solo to a reception at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Among the 200 guests are Peter Lawford and his wife, sister of President-elect Kennedy; Diana Dors; Barbara Rush; Jack Kelly; Mrs. Dean Martin; Peter Brown; Louis Quinn; Janet Leigh; Leo Durocher; Shirley MacLaine; Milton Berle; and Edward G. Robinson, Jr.
Mid-December 60
Dorothy Kilgallen ponders: "Scuttlebutt from the Clan indicates Frank Sinatra and chums will take over a whole floor of Washington's best hotels for the inauguration ceremonies in January. Big question: Since the nation's capital isn't very integrated will Sammy Davis, Jr., be allowed to share a suite with his bride, May Britt?"
December 60
is reported expecting
January 61
returns to Los Angeles from New York due to illness
5 July 61
gives birth to her daughter, Tracey Hillivi, at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. She will become a producer and write a book in 1996 describing Davis as an absentee father.
10 July 61
she and Davis are noted bringing their baby home from the hospital in his Rolls Royce
Early August 61
she and Davis are among Sinatra's Clan leaving for a 10-day vacation at the French Riviera home of President Kennedy's father, Boston multi-millionaire Joseph P. Kennedy. The party consists of Sinatra, the Dean Martins, the Peter Lawfords and Janet Leigh.
25 November 61
is off to Sweden with her four-month-old daughter to visit her parents
Late January 62
is noted doing the Twist at her husband's closing at the Copa and is reported expecting again
January 62
she and Davis are among the guests at the rainy Hollywood premiere of West Side Story
April 62
columnist Hedda Hopper talks with Davis at the Sands in Las Vegas to check a rumor that he and May are separating. "Nothing could be further from the truth," Davis says. "I'm closing here and the next day we leave for Seattle for our first honeymoon."
May 62
she and Davis are off to Rome for a week's vacation
November 62
she and Davis adopt two-and-a-half-year-old Mark Sidney in Los Angeles. He will become a film editor. Davis says that he and his wife plan to adopt two or three more Afro-American children in the future.
May 63
she and Davis attend a mass civil rights rally at Los Angeles' Wrigley Field and are greeted by Integration leader Martin Luther King
June 63
Davis buys her some Balmain dresses during his solo stay in Paris
21 June 63
is attending a movie premiere when three men posing as policemen force their way into the Davis' home. They tie up a nurse and take a $15,000 diamond necklace and at least seven jeweled watches. Davis is working in Las Vegas.
23 December 63
she and her husband entertain Bing Crosby and his wife, actress Kathryn Grant
May 64
is reported joining Davis at their plush off-5th Avenue apartment in New York City
Mid-February 65
she and Davis adopt 4-month-old Jeff, secured through a Los Angeles adoption service. He will become a librarian.
attends a New York City costume party as Vampira; Davis shows up as the Hunchback of Notre Dame
June 65
she and Davis are pictured at El Morocco running into Ann-Margret and Roger Smith
July 65
columnist Earl Wilson knows: "Sammy Davis' wife May Britt returned home to Sammy from a 3-weeks Lake Tahoe vacation - squelching silly rumors that started when she left..."
November 65
is off to Sweden to "show the latest baby to her parents"
December 65
Wilson tells that Benay Venuta teaches her the fine art of painting
Early July 66
she and the children are off to Lake Tahoe "for her annual vacation and painting safari..."
August 66
her husband's recording company MBD is named after her, May Britt Davis
September 66
is back in New York after Lake Tahoe to enter Mark and Tracy in school
May 67
returns to acting for an NBC Danny Thomas anthology drama. Davis gives his approval.
Late summer 67
flies to London to discuss their problems with Davis
1 November 67
separates from Davis. He moves out; she stays at their $320,000 Bel Air home.
24 November 67
she and Davis announce in Las Vegas that they will do a trial separation after seven years of marriage. "May told me she wanted a trial separation," Davis says. "And I must admit it comes as a big blow to me."
December 67
Wilson tells that friends of hers hope she and Davis will reconcile over the holidays
June 68
Wilson knows that she and "the Nevada doctor she met while on a painting vacation at Lake Tahoe are keeping their plans a secret pending their legal termination of their own marriages..."
August 68
sues Davis for divorce in Santa Monica saying Davis "inflicted great anguish and mental suffering" upon her causing illness and unhappiness. The action comes four days after Frank Sinatra was divorced by Mia Farrow at Juarez, Mexico.
19 December 68
receives an uncontested divorce from Sammy Davis, Jr., in Santa Monica Superior Court after a three-minute-hearing. He's 43; she's 31. "I asked him to stay home but he never did," she tells Judge Laurence J. Ritterband. "There was no family life to speak of." She adds he also made her "terribly upset." She is awarded custody of their three children, Tracey, 7; Mark, 8; and Jeff, 4.
Had one daughter and adopted two sons.
Divorced after Sammy had an affair with Lola Falana

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Relationship Timeline

20th December, 1968 - Divorce

19th December, 1968 - Divorce

December, 1968 - Breakup

4th June, 1963 - Child

4th June, 1963 - Child

5th July, 1961 - Child

13th November, 1960 - Marriage
May Britt and Sammy Davis, Jr. - Marriage

13th November, 1960 - Marriage

15th April, 1960 - Hookup

April, 1960 - Dating

Couple Comparison

Sammy Davis Jr.
May Britt
Sammy Davis Jr.
May Britt
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 5" (165 cm)
5' 7" (170 cm)
Hair Color
Dyed Blonde
Eye Color
Brown - Dark


TraciFemale5th July, 196160 years old
Jeff ChandlerMale4th June, 196358 years old
Mark SidneyMale4th June, 196358 years old



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