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Sammy Davis, Jr.: Me and My Shadow
Reading Arthur Silber’s memoir of Sammy Davis, Jr. is like being a fly on the wall as the life of a famous celebrity unfolds. The singer/actor/dancer, who died in 1990 just two years after his father died, is remembered by the man who acted as his personal assistant and shared his life for 23 years.
Silber’s father was a successful manager/agent of celebrities Nat King Cole, Mary Martin, Martha Ray, Ann Miller and Sammy Davis, Jr. to mention a few. Silber, Jr., who’d lived with the Davis family when her was a teen, considered Sammy his brother. He knew the inside details of Davis’ love life and tells how the superstar met, wooed and lost most of the women he loved, including Kim Novak and May Britt. This is not a gossipy book, but seems to fill in the gaps left by the tabloid stories we’ve all read about.
Reno-Tahoe Today Book Review
Sammy Davis, Jr.: Me and My Shadow by Arthur Silber, Jr. is a new Sammy Davis, Jr. biographical memoir and the most definitive book about Sammy Davis, Jr. Silber was Sammy’s best friend, confidant, production manager, and business partner for over 23 years. It is the only book ever endorsed by May Britt, Sammy’s ex-wife. This book tells the true story of Sammy’s incredible rise to stardom from the time he got out of the Army until he became a megastar. Silber was there for the whole journey and validates the story with 325 photographs, almost all from his personal photo albums.