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May Britt

Actress
Female
Born Mar 22, 1934
Age 82
Hometown Lidingö
Religion Jewish
Height 5' 7" (170 cm)
Nationality American
Other Names Wilkens, Maybritt
Eye Color Blue

For the Swedish actress, see Maj-Britt Nilsson. May Britt is a Swedish actress who had a brief career in the 1950s in Italy and later in the United States. She retired from the screen after she married Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1960.

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Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1933 Birth Born on March 22, 1933.

TEENAGE

1951 18 Years Old Maybritt Wilkens, as she was known originally, was discovered by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati in 1951. … Read More

TWENTIES

1956 23 Years Old She also featured in the epic War and Peace film of 1956. … Read More
1959 26 Years Old She met Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1959. They began dating, and, after a brief engagement, were married on November 13, 1960. Their wedding caused controversy. A rumor or myth, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy told Frank Sinatra to tell Davis not to marry May until after the 1960 Presidential Election. At that time interracial marriage was forbidden by law in 31 U.S. states, and only in 1967 were those laws (by then down to 17 states) ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. … Read More
1960 27 Years Old …  She retired from the screen after she married Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1960.
1961 28 Years Old Once married, Britt left the movies. She and Davis had one natural child, a daughter, Tracey, born July 5, 1961, and adopted two sons: Mark Sidney Davis, born in 1960 and adopted June 4, 1963, and Jeff, named after actor Jeff Chandler, and born in 1963. They divorced in 1968 after Davis reportedly had an affair with dancer Lola Falana.

FIFTIES

1988 55 Years Old After the divorce, Britt resumed working with sporadic TV guest appearances, the last in 1988. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1998 65 Years Old May Britt was portrayed by Megan Dodds in the 1998 TV film The Rat Pack, which depicted her marriage to Sammy Davis, Jr., played by Don Cheadle.
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