Elvera Sanchez
American dancer
Elvera Sanchez
Elvera Sanchez was an American dancer and the mother of Sammy Davis, Jr. Sammy Davis, Jr. often stated that his mother was Puerto Rican and born in San Juan. However, the 2003 biography In Black and White states that he made these statements due to the political sensitivities of the 1960s and his mother was instead born in New York of Cuban ancestry.
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  • 2000
    Age 94
    Died on September 2, 2000.
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  • 1989
    Age 83
    From 1989 until her death, she was an adviser to the New York Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day.
    More Details Hide Details Her own mother, Luisa Sanchez, died in 1996 at the age of 112. She was survived by her daughter Ramona.
  • 1925
    Age 19
    In 1925 their son and only child Sammy Davis, Jr., was born.
    More Details Hide Details When the child was three, the couple split up and the father obtained sole custody of his son taking him on the road. Elvera Sanchez was a chorus-line dancer at Apollo Theater for six years. She continued to dance until the 1940s.
  • 1923
    Age 17
    Elvera Sanchez began her career as a chorus-line dancer at the Lafayette Theater in Harlem. She married Sammy Davis, Sr., also a dancer, in 1923.
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  • 1905
    Born on September 1, 1905.
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