Book Reviews of Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father

Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father
Sammy Davis Jr My Father
Author: Tracey Davis, Dolores A. Barclay
ISBN-13: 9781881649847
ISBN-10: 1881649849
Publication Date: 4/1996
Pages: 272

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Publisher: Stoddart
Book Type: Hardcover
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Sammy Davis Jr. moved effortlessly from stage to screen to television to Las Vegas, the consummate entertainer. The one role he couldn't seem to adjust to was that of father. Tracey Davis, his daughter with Swedish actress May Britt, recounts her relationship with her famous dad, who was more concerned with schmoozing with his Rat Pack cronies than attending his daughter's college graduation. Frank, Liza, and Dean all glamorously pass through Tracey's childhood, but she remains unconfident and insecure. Are people staring at her because she's a biracial child or because she's Sammy's daughter? A poignant reconciliation a year before her father's death in 1990 elevates this from being a Daddy Dearest, but the limited scope is unlikely to satisfy those more interested in for Sammy's considerable dirty laundry.

I thought that the book was better than you might think from reading the above review. Admittedly I was a Sammy Davis Jr. fan. I thought that his daughter did a good job of giving us her point of view - how it was for her, growing up biracial, AND the daughter of a super famous person. She provides her own insight into Mr. Davis's behavior, his family and friends, and his fame. It is an honest and and unvarnished look by a thoughtful celebrity child.