When Sammy Davis Jr. saw actress Kim Novak in the audience at one of his shows, he knew he had to meet her, and the feeling was mutual. But Hollywood was shocked by the interracial pairing. And so was one big-time movie producer – so much so that he threatened Davis Jr.’s life in order to end the secret affair.

In fact, Novak and Davis Jr. conducted the majority of their relationship in private. Novak, for one, was on her way to Hollywood superstardom thanks to her boss: Columbia Pictures Corporation chief Harry Cohn. But the man had a bad reputation in the industry, and apparently it was down to the way in which he treated his actresses – including Novak.

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