Sammy Davis Jr. And May Britt
Singer Sammy Davis Jr. and Swedish actresses May Britt married in 1960, during a time when many Americans didn’t approve of interracial coupling. Britt was from a different place, though, and she saw no reason why color should keep her away from the man she loved.
Even though the two divorced eight years after saying their vows, they are said to be leading figures in the fight for marriage equality. Gerald Early, editor of The Sammy Davis Reader, said, “It was one of those things in the ’60s that was part of opening up American society a little bit. [They] were pioneers in making America more accepting of interracial marriage.”