Along with attaining fame as a singer, dancer and actor, Mr. Davis led a much-scrutinized social life. He belonged to the crew of rakish midcentury celebrities often known as the Rat Pack, which included his longtime pal Frank Sinatra, who was the best man at Mr. Davis’s marriage ceremony in 1960, when he married Tracey’s mom, the actress Might Britt. Mr. Davis was Black and Ms. Britt was white, and their union introduced applause from supporters of interracial marriage and bomb threats from others.
MGM introduced plans final month to make a film about Mr. Davis primarily based on Ms. Davis’s first ebook.
“I’m thrilled to know my father’s life, each non-public and public, will likely be dropped at the large display with this workforce of storytellers,” Ms. Davis stated in a press release when the deal was introduced. “He and my mom, Might Britt, took on the world, selecting love and compassion over hatred and bigotry, and I’m a product of that call.”
Tracey Hillevi Davis was born on July 5, 1961, in Los Angeles. She grew up in Nevada within the area round Lake Tahoe, the place her mom moved after her dad and mom divorced. She graduated from California State College, Northridge, within the mid-1980s and married Mr. Garner in 1986. They divorced in 2001. One other marriage, to Jim Cotta, additionally led to divorce.
Ms. Davis labored in promoting.
Along with her mom, Might Britt Ringquist, she is survived by two brothers, Mark and Jeff Davis; two kids from her first marriage, Sam and Montana Garner; and two kids from her second marriage, Greer and Chase Cotta.
The New York Instances contributed reporting.