NAMES IN THE NEWS : Sammy Leaves Estate to Wife; Prized Gun to Clint Eastwood


The late entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. left the bulk of his estate to his widow, Altovise, but he also left a “Gary Cooper” gun to actor Clint Eastwood and $100,000 to his housekeeper, his will showed Tuesday.

The will filed in Superior Court listed $2 million in personal property and $2 million in real estate.

Davis, who died May 16 of cancer at his Beverly Hills home, named longtime friend and business associate Shirley Rhodes and lawyer John Climaco as executors. The will was signed March 12.

Remembered for breaking racial barriers in the entertainment industry while belting out hit songs such as “I’ve Gotta Be Me” and his signature song, “Birth of the Blues,” Davis named 19 people and five institutions as beneficiaries in his will.


The singer left $50,000 to his mother, Elvira Davis of New York; $75,000 to his sister, Ramona James of Riverdale, N.Y.; $50,000 to his adopted son, Manny, 13, of Beverly Hills, and $25,000 to Rhodes “to be used as ‘fun money’ along with my large diamond ring.”

Other beneficiaries include Davis’ housekeeper, Lessie Lee, who was bequeathed $100,000, and actor Clint Eastwood, who was left Davis’ “Gary Cooper gun.”