Sammy Davis Jr.: The Writer Who Saved His Estate
In Sammy Davis Jr.; The Writer Who Saved His Estate, Pamela Sherrod, a Christian writer, shares the story of how she unintentionally stumbled into the center of one of Hollywood's longest and most vicious legal battles and played a vital role in the historic outcome of the Sammy Davis Jr. Estate.
When Sammy Davis Jr. died in 1990, after losing his fight with throat cancer, another war soon erupted, one which threatened to dismantle his legacy and the future of his estate. The $5 million debt that he'd left his widow, Altovise, represented just one chapter in a tumultuous story that was filled with unfathomable glamour, multiple scandals and the treachery that accompanied the greed of their associates.
In 2005, when Sherrod partnered with Altovise Davis to create inspirational and educational family films, she was introduced to the dark side of the entertainment industry. Sammy's embattled estate teetered between the control of his wife - whose life was wracked by alcoholism - and the two men who were determined to seize it. Even the LegalZoom document, the crucial instrument that she'd convinced Mrs. Davis to use, was contested by them.
In this eye-witness account, Sherrod presents stunning revelations and testimonies about the famous couple's life - including friends such as Bill Cosby and Elizabeth Taylor - as she documents, not only the final outcome of the Davis estate, but the tragic and triumphant events that preceded it.
"It's more than just a story about Hollywood, the betrayal of friends, the theft of screenplays, the abandonment of allies and other horrific things that take place there," says Sherrod. "It's Sammy and Altovise's story, but it's also my story as a Christian writer. I was pulled into the Sammy Davis Jr.saga, although it wasn't my intention, and (for better or worse) it made a lasting impression on my life. In many ways, I'm 'the last little Indian,' trying to finish the work that I'd committed myself to do."