Hollywood's Biggest Tribute: To Sammy with Love; Parade of Stars and Celebrities Honor Veteran Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr

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Hollywood's Biggest Tribute: To Sammy with Love; Parade of Stars and Celebrities Honor Veteran Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr


Collier, Aldore, Ebony


HOLLYWOOD'S BIGGEST TRIBUTE To Sammy With Love

IT WAS one of the biggest tributes of its kind in Hollywood history.

Almost everybody who's anybody--Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Bob Hope, and Anita Baker, Jesse Jackson--showed up at the Shrine Auditorium to pay tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. on his 60th annivesary in show business. But this was more than a routine tribute. It was a happening, an event, an unprecedented outpouring of love and appreciation for a show business giant whose name is synonymous with the golden age of entertainment.

No one understood this better than the guest of honor, who is undergoing treatment for throat cancer. He was so moved by the event that he strained his weak vocal chords to say that this was "the happiest day of my life" and the culmination of a show business journey that began on the vaudeville circuit when he was three years old.

Eddie Murphy hosted the gala which was taped for presentation on the ABC-TV network. The tribute was also a fund-raiser for one of Davis' favorite causes, the United Negro College Fund. Throughout the evening, Davis was serenaded, roasted and thanked by an all-star roster of celebrities, including Richard Pryor, Quincy Jones, Dionne Warwick, Dean Martin, Lola Falana, Stevie Wonder, Earvin (Magic) Johnson, Mike Tyson, Ella Fitzgerald, Goldie Hawn, Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Allen, Diahann Carroll and Clint Eastwood. …

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