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Overview (5)

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (bladder cancer, and heart and kidney disease)
Birth NameFrancis Albert Sinatra
Nicknames The Voice
Chairman of the Board
Ol' Blue Eyes
The Sultan of Swoon
La Voz
Height 5' 7¾" (1.72 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives (he carried his own P.A. system), he eventually got work as a band singer, first with The Hoboken Four, then with Harry James and then Tommy Dorsey. With the help of George Evans (Sinatra's genius press agent), his image was shaped into that of a street thug and punk who was saved by his first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra. In 1942 he started his solo career, instantly finding fame as the king of the bobbysoxers--the young women and girls who were his fans--and becoming the most popular singer of the era among teenage music fans. About that time his film career was also starting in earnest, and after appearances in a few small films, he struck box-office gold with a lead role in Anchors Aweigh (1945) with Gene Kelly, a Best Picture nominee at the 1946 Academy Awards. Sinatra was awarded a special Oscar for his part in a short film that spoke out against intolerance, The House I Live In (1945). His career on a high, Sinatra went from strength to strength on record, stage and screen, peaking in 1949, once again with Gene Kelly, in the MGM musical On the Town (1949) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949). A controversial public affair with screen siren Ava Gardner broke up his marriage to Nancy Barbato Sinatra and did his career little good, and his record sales dwindled. He continued to act, although in lesser films such as Meet Danny Wilson (1952), and a vocal cord hemorrhage all but ended his career. He fought back, though, finally securing a role he desperately wanted--Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953). He won an Oscar for best supporting actor and followed this with a scintillating performance as a cold-blooded assassin hired to kill the US President in Suddenly (1954). Arguably a career-best performance--garnering him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor--was his role as a pathetic heroin addict in the powerful drama The Man with the Golden Arm (1955).

Known as "One-Take Charlie" for his approach to acting that strove for spontaneity and energy, rather than perfection, Sinatra was an instinctive actor who was best at playing parts that mirrored his own personality. He continued to give strong and memorable performances in such films as Guys and Dolls (1955), The Joker Is Wild (1957) and Some Came Running (1958). In the late 1950s and 1960s Sinatra became somewhat prolific as a producer, turning out such films as A Hole in the Head (1959), Sergeants 3 (1962) and the very successful Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964). Lighter roles alongside "Rat Pack" buddies Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. were lucrative, especially the famed Ocean's 11 (1960). On the other hand, he alternated such projects with much more serious offerings, such as The Manchurian Candidate (1962), regarded by many critics as Sinatra's finest picture. He made his directorial debut with the World War II picture None But the Brave (1965), which was the first Japanese/American co-production. That same year Von Ryan's Express (1965) was a box office sensation. In 1967 Sinatra returned to familiar territory in Sidney J. Furie's The Naked Runner (1967), once again playing as assassin in his only film to be shot in the U.K. and Germany. That same year he starred as a private investigator in Tony Rome (1967), a role he reprised in the sequel, Lady in Cement (1968). He also starred with Lee Remick in The Detective (1968), a film daring for its time with its theme of murders involving rich and powerful homosexual men, and it was a major box-office success.

After appearing in the poorly received comic western Dirty Dingus Magee (1970), Sinatra didn't act again for seven years, returning with a made-for-TV cops-and-mob-guys thriller Contract on Cherry Street (1977), which he also produced. Based on the novel by William Rosenberg, this fable of fed-up cops turning vigilante against the mob boasted a stellar cast and was a ratings success. Sinatra returned to the big screen in The First Deadly Sin (1980), once again playing a New York detective, in a moving and understated performance that was a fitting coda to his career as a leading man. He made one more appearance on the big screen with a cameo in Cannonball Run II (1984) and a final acting performance in Magnum, P.I. (1980), in 1987, as a retired police detective seeking vengeance on the killers of his granddaughter, in an episode entitled Magnum, P.I.: Laura (1987).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: David Montgomery <> (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Family (3)

Spouse Barbara Marx (11 July 1976 - 14 May 1998)  (his death)
Mia Farrow (19 July 1966 - 16 August 1968)  (divorced)
Ava Gardner (7 November 1951 - 5 July 1957)  (divorced)
Nancy Barbato Sinatra (4 February 1939 - 29 October 1951)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Children Tina Sinatra
Frank Sinatra Jr.
Nancy Sinatra
Parents Garaventa, Natalina Della
Sinatra, Antonino Martino

Trade Mark (7)

Crooning voice
Black fedora
Blue eyes
Sports coat
Always wore a three piece suit or tuxedo
Use of 1950's slang
Frequently worked with fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford

Trivia (139)

Some three decades late, Hungarian-born actress Eva Bartok claimed that her daughter, Deana, born in 1957 during Bartok's marriage to Curd Jürgens, was actually fathered by Sinatra, during a brief affair that he and Bartok had had following his breakup in 1956 with the sultry Ava Gardner. Sinatra never acknowledged paternity.
The "Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums" stated he was "regarded by many as the greatest song stylist of the 20th century" as well as being the "first teen idol". He achieved 34 US gold albums. By 2005 he had achieved more US top-ten LPs than any other soloist and was still the 12th most successful artist in the history of the UK singles and albums charts.
He inspired the Johnny Fontaine character in The Godfather (1972).
Was the leader of the "Rat Pack"--Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. All appeared in Ocean's 11 (1960) and Sergeants 3 (1962).
Interred at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, CA, Location: B-8, #151.
According to Mia Farrow's biography, "What Falls Away", he offered to have Woody Allen's legs broken when it was discovered that he was having an affair with Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn (whom Allen later married).
Reportedly kept a picture of Ava Gardner on his mirror long after their breakup.
Ex-father-in-law of Tommy Sands. His daughter Nancy Sinatra and Sands were married in 1960 and divorced in 1965.
One-time son-in-law of John Farrow and Maureen O'Sullivan.
A provision in his will is that if anyone contests it, they are automatically disinherited.
The epitaph on his headstone reads "The best is yet to come."
At his funeral, friends and family members placed items in his coffin that had personal references. These are reported to include ten dimes, several Tootsie Roll candies, a pack of Black Jack chewing gum, a roll of wild cherry Life Savers candy, a ring engraved with the word "Dream", a mini bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey, a pack of Camel cigarettes and a Zippo cigarette lighter.
Was the godfather of Nikka Costa.
Permanently injured one of his fingers while shooting a fight scene with Henry Silva in The Manchurian Candidate (1962). In the scene, Sinatra threw a karate chop and his hand went through a solid wooden table, breaking several bones in his little finger. The footage was left in the final cut.
Was, at one time, part-owner of the Sands hotel/casino in Las Vegas, NV, and the Cal-Neva Lodge in Lake Tahoe. As the name implies, the latter was bisected by the California-Nevada borderline.
He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Variety Clubs of America in 1983.
A forceps delivery at his birth left permanent scars on his cheek and ruptured an eardrum. The latter is the reason most often given for his being exempted from military service during World War II.
Became estranged from Dean Martin during the final years of their lives after Martin quit "The Together Again Tour".
An accomplished amateur painter, he not only recorded the Grammy-winning album "Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely" (Capitol: 1958), but designed the cover art, as well.
Had numerous #1 albums, and seven #1 singles (or more, depending on whether you include the songs he sang fronting a big-band): "Five Minutes More", "Leanin' the Blues", "Mam'selle", "Oh! What It Seemed To Be" "Strangers in the Night", "All Or Nothing At All" with the Harry James Band, and "Somethin' Stupid", shared with daughter Nancy Sinatra. He also has four #1 hits singing as the front singer of the Tommy Dorsey Band, although he was not directly credited as the artist. These include "I'll Never Smile Again", "Dolores", "There Are Such Things", "In The Blue Of Evening". And "Fairytale of New York" The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl.
He received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 1971 Academy Awards for his many contributions to charity over the years. Bob Hope, who hosted the Oscars that year, remarked, "It's interesting how Sinatra announced his retirement, and they gave him a humanitarian award". Sinatra himself hosted or co-hosted the Academy Awards four different times: 1963, 1969, 1975 and 1985.
While filming a kidnapping scene for Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), he learned that his son, singer Frank Sinatra Jr., had been kidnapped from his hotel room in Lake Tahoe, NV. For obvious reasons, the scene was never used in the completed film.
His album "Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color" (Capitol: 1955) not only was rare in the sense that he conducted an orchestra as opposed to singing, but was also the first album to be recorded at the Capitol [Records] Tower, today a prominent landmark at Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles.
In 1960, when he was in the process of forming his own label, Reprise Records, he pointed out the Capitol Tower to a friend, saying, "See that? I helped build that. Now, it's time to build one of my own." A few years later, referring to his label's success, he stated, "We may not be a Cadillac yet, but we ain't no Bug [Volkswagen], neither."
While filming a funeral scene in Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), he learned that his close friend and benefactor, President John F. Kennedy, had been killed in Dallas earlier that day.
Named Entertainer of the Century in 2000.
Served as a mentor to Harry Connick Jr., whom he referred to as "The Kid".
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1980.
Was originally signed on to play Billy Bigelow in Carousel (1956), but walked off the set on the first day of filming after he found out that they were going to shoot each scene twice, using two different lens sizes, and was quoted as saying, "I was paid to make one movie, not two".
Ssecond cousin of composer/arranger/conductor Raymond Sinatra. Ray Sinatra's father was a cousin of his father.
Mentioned in the lyrics of several songs, including "On and On" by Stephen Bishop, "Sugar Mice" by Marillion, "Hey M\Manhattan!" by Prefab Sprout, "She Goes On" by Crowded House and "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi. His death is referred to in the Badly Drawn Boy song "You Were Right". In 2016 The Avalanches released the song "Frankie Sinatra".
On 5/14/98, his last day of life, his family drove him to the hospital, frantically running stop signs and red lights. However, traffic was unusually light at that time, since many Americans were at home watching the final episode of the TV show Seinfeld (1989).
He was the writer of several songs including "This Love of Mine" and "I'm a Fool to Want You.".
Divorced his third wife Mia Farrow after she refused to quit filming Rosemary's Baby (1968) in order to co-star with him in the "Rat Pack" crime drama The Detective (1968). He had the divorce papers delivered to her on set.
In On the Town (1949), he co-sang "New York, New York". Years later he used the song "Theme From New York, New York" (first performed by friend Liza Minnelli, and commonly referred to as simply "New York, New York") as a showstopper in his live performances. In his "Concert For The Americas"(1982) he combined the two songs, using the first verse of the earlier song.
He played the Stage Manager in a musical version of "Our Town" on a TV special in 1955, with Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint playing George and Emily. In that production, he introduced what would become another of his well-known signature songs: "Love and Marriage.".
Turned down the lead role in The Pajama Game (1957), which would have paired him with Janis Paige, who played the role on Broadway. As a result, Paige lost out on playing the part to Doris Day, who was considered a bigger box- office draw.
Godfather to Quinn Gonzalez.
Was the first choice to play the title role in Dirty Harry (1971), but broke his finger before shooting started and had to bow out of the production.
When Bela Lugosi died virtually penniless, Sinatra quietly paid for his funeral.
Grandfather of A.J. Lambert.
Voted the 59th Greatest Movie Star of all time by "Entertainment Weekly".
Known for his mercurial personality, as all those who were close to him knew; he could be as sweet as a person could be one minute and equally as nasty and violent in the next moment. Some theorized that he was bipolar.
He turned down the role of Paul Kersey in Death Wish (1974). It was eventually given to Charles Bronson, and was the role that made him an international superstar.
Classified 4F--rejected for military service--during World War II because of a damaged eardrum. When he was born, a complicated delivery required the use of forceps, which punctured his eardrum.
He and the other members of the Rat Pack were banned from Marilyn Monroe's funeral by Joe DiMaggio
While on a tour in 1974 which included Australia, Sinatra became enraged by his treatment by members of the Australian press. After a brief scuffle at the airport, he appeared on stage and delivered a hateful tirade against the press, calling them "bums and parasites," and calling the female reporters "buck-and-a-half hookers." In retaliation, the aviation union refused to refuel or otherwise maintain his private jet until he apologized. He never did. He was spirited away in the night after intervention by a high-level union leader.
Though he had many affairs during his marriage to his first wife Nancy Barbato Sinatra, it was his relationship with Ava Gardner that finally led to their divorce.
He was broke by 1951. Ava Gardner had to pay for his plane ticket so he could accompany her to Africa, where she shot Mogambo (1953).
His heritage was entirely Italian.
He owned an extensive collection of electric toy trains. He had coveted electric trains as a boy and set up a track that wove through the path of his career. The train started at a replica of the Hoboken train station.
He was offered the role of "Don Altobello" in The Godfather: Part III (1990). Even though he had been a vocal critic of the first "Godfather" film, which featured a character based on him, he was intrigued by the offer, reportedly because the first two "Godfather" films had been so successful. Ultimately he declined the offer and the part was played by Eli Wallach, with whom Sinatra had competed for the role of Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953).
Although he criticized rock music on several occasions, he expressed admiration for several artists in the genre. He called "Something", written by George Harrison and performed by The Beatles, one of his favorite songs and covered it at his concerts. He was such a big fan of Chicago's song "Color My World" that he offered to write a second stanza to it. He also enthusiastically embraced the Irish rock band U2 when they visited the US.
In 1963 his son Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped. The kidnappers told Frank Sr. to call them from pay phones. During one call he ran out of coins, and briefly feared that it had cost him his son (the kidnappers gave him another chance). He paid the $250,000 ransom, Frank Jr. was returned and the kidnappers were eventually caught. However, as a result of the incident, he swore never to be caught without dimes again and carried a roll with him until his death.
Was in line to star in Dirty Harry (1971), as was noted in several trade papers at the time. Irvin Kershner was slated to direct, but Sinatra had to back out of the project because of some trouble with a broken bone in his hand, although it has been suggested that he wanted to act in something lighter after the recent death of his father.
He saw Steve McQueen in his western TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958) and requested him to take Sammy Davis Jr.'s role in Never So Few (1959). Davis had said in an interview he thought he was bigger than Sinatra in the entertainment world at that time. Since Davis' role in the film was originally written as a sidekick, it had to be re-written somewhat for McQueen. During filming, they got along so well that Sinatra wanted McQueen to appear in Ocean's 11 (1960) as the cowboy Louis Jackson. McQueen was all for it but was convinced otherwise by critic Hedda Hopper, who told him it would not be a wise career move to be known as a Sinatra flunky. McQueen passed on the film, and although there were no hard feelings his brief friendship with Sinatra came to an end.
Godfather of Lorna Luft.
Considered for the role of Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl (1968). This was vetoed by Barbra Streisand, as she didn't like him. The role was eventually played by Omar Sharif.
Lee J. Cobb credited Sinatra with saving his life after his career was nearly ruined by his defiance of the House Un-American Activities Committee investigating Communist "subversion" in the film industry. Cobb had defied HUAC for two years, after being named as a supposed Communist by Larry Parks in 1951. During those two years, Cobb's once-flourishing career floundered and his wife had to be institutionalized after having a mental breakdown. Finally,he agreed to testify as a "friendly" witness, appearing before HUAC in 1953. At the conclusion of his testimony, he praised the committee. Soon after his appearance there he had a massive heart attack. Sinatra--who barely knew Cobb--got him a part in his film The Miracle of the Bells (1948) when no other studio would hire him. In addition, knowing that Cobb was broke, Sinatra paid his hospital bills, then had Cobb stay with him before renting him a luxurious apartment. Cobb believes that Sinatra identified with him as a troubled artist down on his luck, as Sinatra's own career had been in a severe tailspin before he resurrected himself by winning an Oscar for From Here to Eternity (1953). Cobb later said that if it wasn't for Sinatra, he didn't think he would have come through that period alive. Sinatra told Cobb he thought that he was "robbed" when he failed to win the Oscar for his performance as Johnny Friendly in On the Waterfront (1954) (ironically, Sinatra originally had been scheduled to star in the picture, which was filmed in his hometown of Hoboken, NJ, but producer Sam Spiegel gave the role to Marlon Brando when he realized he could raise $1 million in financing for the picture by using Brando versus $500,000 if Sinatra was the star).
One of only five actors/actresses to have both a #1 single and an Oscar for acting. The others are Cher, Barbra Streisand, Jamie Foxx, and Bing Crosby.
Made no further public appearances after suffering a heart attack in January 1997.
Campaigned for Ronald Reagan in the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections.
He was active in Democratic Party politics from the 1944 presidential election until the late 1960s. In 1970 he supported Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign for Governor of California, and in 1972 he attended the Republican National Convention for the first time.
He underwent major surgery for intestinal cancer in 1986.
Was instrumental in reuniting Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin after their decades of estrangement. During an appearance on Lewis' annual telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, Sinatra said that he had a friend who wanted to say hello; then, he escorted Martin onto the stage to a flabbergasted Lewis. The two remained reunited until Martin's death.
On 5/20/1998 his funeral service was held at the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, CA. Stars in attendance included Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Jill St. John, Robert Wagner, Jack Lemmon, Sidney Poitier, Jack Nicholson, Nancy Reagan, Jerry Lewis, Wayne Newton, Johnny Carson, Milton Berle, Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Reynolds, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dylan, Tom Selleck, Tony Bennett, Mickey Rooney, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Stack, Mia Farrow, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Sophia Loren, Diahann Carroll, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gormé, Joey Bishop, Tony Danza, Quincy Jones, Dom DeLuise, Tim Conway, Cuba Gooding Jr., Anthony Quinn, Tony Curtis, Jack Paar, Angie Dickinson, Paul Anka, Ben Vereen, Ed McMahon, Johnny Mathis, Red Buttons, Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette, Lorna Luft, Ann Miller, Dionne Warwick, Mamie Van Doren, Suzanne Somers, James Darren and of course, his children, Frank Sinatra Jr., Tina Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra. Over 1000 Sinatra fans lined the streets outside the church during the funeral and gave him one final round of applause as his flower-draped coffin was carried out of the church. Overhead, a skywriting plane created a giant heart in the sky. Ironically, Sinatra had attended Gary Cooper's funeral at the same church, almost 37 years to the day before his own.
Suffered from dementia in his final years.
Asked to sing at Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey's 1978 funeral in St. Paul, MN. The officiating minister refused. The job went to Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert Merrill.
Has sold over 250 million records worldwide.
Was in talks to appear in The Verdict (1982).
Godfather of Linda Thorson's son Trevor.
Although he is most associated with the song "My Way", he didn't originally want to record it because he thought it was "self-serving and indulgent". Although he disliked the song, his persona became so associated with it that he ended every concert with it. It was famously parodied for a 1978 single by the British punk rock band Sex Pistols.
Got the role of Pvt. Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953) after Eli Wallach passed on it to do a Tennessee Williams play on stage, according to Wallach on a June 20th broadcast of "Morning Sedition" on "Air America Radio.".
Weighed over 13 pounds at birth, and had to be delivered by forceps. As a result, one of his ears was nearly severed. Showing no signs of life, he was held by his grandmother under cold running water. He began to breathe and cry. His mother-- a practical nurse--and his father, a tavern operator, had been hoping for a girl and had already chosen the name Frances. So they gave him the masculine form of the name: Francis.
Was a great admirer of John F. Kennedy, campaigning for him in the 1960 presidential election and organizing his inauguration ball on 1/20/1961. In August 1962 Kennedy decided not to stay with Sinatra in Palm Springs, CA, due to recent revelations of Sinatra's longtime ties to various Mafia crime bosses, instead stayed with Bing Crosby--Sinatra's original rival and an active Republican.
Briefly lost the ability to sing after his vocal cords hemorrhaged in 1953. When his voice returned it had an extra dimension which many fans believed made his singing better than before.
Was elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2007 for his services to the entertainment industry (inaugural election). Official induction ceremonies held in May 2008.
Pictured on a 42¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued 5/13/2008, one day before the 10th anniversary of his death.
In 1981 he was heavily criticized for performing a ten-day gig in South Africa. Jesse Jackson and the United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid publicly condemned him for "collaborating with the apartheid regime". Ironically, he had been a staunch supporter of civil rights and racial equality in the US throughout his career. During his time with the Rat Pack, Sinatra and the other members refused to play anywhere that wouldn't allow Sammy Davis Jr. to perform with them, stating the group was a package deal, and would often boycott or otherwise refuse to do business with venues or promoters who wouldn't book black or other minority performers.
Had a longstanding dislike of Marlon Brando from the time they starred in Guys and Dolls (1955). Sinatra always felt he should have played Brando's part, with Gene Kelly in the other role. Sinatra nicknamed Brando "Mr. Mumbles" while Brando called him "Mr. Baldy".
Was a big influence on artists ranging from Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, to Tony Hadley, the lead singer of Spandau Ballet.
Once appeared as a head-and-shoulders shot on MasterCard credit card.
When he first met Mia Farrow in 1964, he was 48 and she was 19, a fact that prompted Dean Martin to quip that he owned a bottle of Scotch older than Farrow.
Von Ryan's Express (1965), was his most successful film of the 1960s, grossing over $17 million (US) in 1965.
All the films he produced made a profit.
His sole film as director was the anti-war drama None But the Brave (1965), which was the first Japanese (Toho Studios) and American (Warner Bros. Pictures) co-production.
Has a 62-year span of top-ten albums on Billboard, from "The Voice of Frank Sinatra" which reached #1 in 1946 to "Nothing But the Best", which reached #2 in 2008.
His father's name was Martin Anthony Sinatra. His mother's name was Natalie 'Dolly' Garavente, a midwife.
Is credited as co-writer of seven songs, including "This Love Of Mine" (1941) and "Mr. Success" (1958).
All of his single recordings in 1943 which included "Oh What A Beautiful Morning"/ "People Will Say We're In Love" were recorded a cappella with The Bobby Tucker Singers because of a musician's strike.
He was awarded three Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1600 Vine St,, for Recording at 1737 Vine St. and for Television at 6538 Hollywood Blvd.
Frank Capra claimed that Sinatra had the potential to be the best actor there ever was. He once told Frank to quit his musical career and concentrate solely on acting and that if he did he would go down as the greatest actor who ever lived.
He and Paul Newman are the only people to win an Honorary Oscar, a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and a competitive Oscar.
He died in the same month as Phil Hartman, who often impersonated him on Saturday Night Live (1975).
While recording the gold "Sinatra Christmas Album" at Cherokee Recording Studios in 1975, he met and shared studio space with glam rocker David Bowie. Sinatra's recording of "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" appears on "David Bowie's Heroes", a "Mojo Magazine" compilation of 15 tracks by performers who influenced the young David Bowie.
On 5/10/1964, Brad Dexter (The Magnificent Seven (1960), among others) saved both Sinatra's life and that of Ruth Koch (wife of producer Howard W. Koch) during production of the World War II film None But the Brave (1965) in Kaui, HI. They were swimming at a beach when they were swept out to sea by the outgoing tide and nearly drowned in high, billowing waves. Dexter swam out and rescued them together, but they were not able to reach shore for nearly 45 minutes. In the waves, Sinatra reportedly became separated and murmured, "It's all over . . . please take care of my kids . . . I'm going to die . . . " Both Sinatra and Koch then fell unconscious for several minutes before two surfers arrived to help Dexter take them to shore. Dexter was later awarded a Red Cross medal for his bravery. Sinatra never forgot it and the two stayed close friends for the rest of their lives.
Like most members of The Rat Pack, he was known to much prefer the labels "The Clan" and "The Summit".
His version of "New York, New York" is played at Yankee Stadium after every Yankee home win. Liza Minnelli's version is played after every Yankee home loss.
Throughout his life he was a strong supporter of Jewish causes. He stepped forward in the early 1940s, when big names were needed to rouse America into saving Europe's remaining Jews, and he sang at an "Action for Palestine" rally (1947). He sat on the board of trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; and he donated over $1 million to Jerusalem's Hebrew University, which honored him by dedicating the Frank Sinatra International Student Center. As a result of his support for the Jewish state, his movies and records were banned in some Arab countries.
While visiting Capitol Records in 1960, he refused to pay the 50-cent entry fee at the parking garage. The attendant had his car towed.
Hated giving autographs.
His valet George Jacobs said that his employer had derogatory nicknames for many of his friends, including "Sheeny" for Cary Grant, "Shanty" for Gene Kelly, "Jew" for Jerry Lewis, "The African Queen" for Johnny Mathis and "Wop" for Dean Martin. His private plane was called "El Dago".
Became a friend of Laurence Harvey, with whom he co-starred in The Manchurian Candidate (1962). According to Sinatra's valet, George Jacobs, Sinatra called him "Ladyboy" in recognition of his bisexuality. In an interview about the film that was included in the video recording, Sinatra expressed his sorrow that "Larry" was no longer alive.
Was friends with fellow singer Rosemary Clooney. Two members of her family went on to appear in remakes of Sinatra films. Her nephew George Clooney appeared in Ocean's Eleven (2001) and its sequels, in Sinatra's role, while her son Miguel Ferrer appeared in a supporting role in The Manchurian Candidate (2004). Ferrer also voiced Danny Ocean in a Robot Chicken (2005) parody.
In It Happened in Brooklyn (1947), he introduced the now-standard, "Time After Time", which charted at #17 in 1947. It was later re-recorded, by him in 1959 as the B-side to "French Foreign Legion". In 1960, Frankie Ford's rendition of the song charted at #75 US. Interestingly, that version fared much better than all, in Brooklyn, reaching NYC's Top 10. In 1966. Chris Montez's version peaked at #36 US.
Long before Bobby Troup (the future husband of Sinatra's best friend Julie London) would have a successful solo singing career, he had been a member of Sinatra's Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra.
In 1966 he was given a song to record, and after reading it over once, he despised it. The song was "Strangers in the Night", which turned out to be one of his biggest hits. Even after its success, he still hated the song and took every opportunity to deride it.
Was a fan of Magnum, P.I. (1980) and wanted to appear as a guest star. Through Larry Manetti a message was delivered to producer/star Tom Selleck for Selleck to give Frank a call. When hr called, Frank told him that he wanted to appear on "Magnum", but that Tom should not worry, because he did not want to be paid, he just wanted his expenses paid. Selleck agreed and asked Frank what kind of story line he wanted for his character. Frank said that he did not care, as long as his character was a tough guy, and that there be a fight scene where he knocks someone out. Selleck agreed to Frank's terms and concept for the character Frank would play, and he did appear on the show in 1986, in what would be his last, full acting, non-cameo role. His "expenses" turned out to be a problem for the producers and CBS (the network that aired the show during its original broadcast run), because Frank's expenses included the costs for his personal jet and his full entourage. The final tally was $300,000.
Became a father for the third time at age 32 when his first wife Nancy Barbato Sinatra gave birth to their daughter Christina Sinatra (aka Tina Sinatra) on 446/20/1948.
Became a father for the second time at age 28 when his first wife Nancy Barbato Sinatra gave birth to their son Francis Wayne Sinatra (aka Frank Sinatra Jr.) on 1/20/1944.
Became a father for the first time at age 24 when his first wife Nancy Barbato Sinatra gave birth to their daughter Nancy Sandra Sinatra (aka Nancy Sinatra) on 6/8/1940.
He was very popular with studio musicians. Accounts by people who worked with him agree that he was an absolutely focused professional who knew exactly what he wanted and was quick to express his satisfaction when he got it. There are also stories of him being generous with money to musicians who were in trouble.
Paparazzi were very aware of his legendary temper. One memorable account by Tina Sinatra has a paparazzi snooping around her dad's house, then suddenly finding himself nose-to-nose with Frank himself. Terrified, the photographer leaped into a pool (despite being unable to swim), requiring Frank to fish him out.
Due to complications and the fact that he had a high birth weight (13-1/2 pounds), at his birth he was thought to have been stillborn until his grandmother revived him with cold tap water.
Known to be very generous with drivers and often tipped in excess of $100, usually much more than they were making for driving him.
Apeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: From Here to Eternity (1953) and Around the World in 80 Days (1956) and also one nominee: Anchors Aweigh (1945).
Had a park named after him in Hoboken, NJ; he was the town's most famous native son.
In the 1950s, when he visited the UK, an exclusive interview for the BBC with respected broadcaster David Jacobs was arranged. At the time the press was full of stories about Sinatra's relationship with Ava Gardner. Shortly before the interview began, Sinatra told Jacobs that he could ask any questions he liked, but if he asked anything about Gardner he would "shove the microphone down his throat!" The gentlemanly Jacobs knew he meant it but said he never had any intention of asking about his private life and just wanted to talk about his music and career.
Ws a major supporter of the state of Israel. He funded paramilitary groups in Palestine before the creation of Israel in 1948. He publicly supported Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967. His music and films were banned in Lebanon as a result of his activities in support of Israel..
Appeared as a guest on the very first episode of The Dean Martin Show (1965).
Would never agree to appear on the BBC's top talk show of the 1970s, Parkinson (1971). Host Michael Parkinson was a huge fan of his music and said never securing an interview with Sinatra was his biggest regret about the series. He said he would have "broken any rule" to get him.
His very vocal support for the state of Israel was a major reason for his becoming a Republican in the early 1970s.
Played by T.J. Tyler (who performs as Frank Sinatra at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas) in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2018).
According to Roger Moore, Sinatra was a big fan of his television series The Saint (1962).
Refused to stay or perform at any hotel that wouldn't allow Sammy Davis Jr. or any other African-American to enter.
He was a big supporter of racial equality and the civil-rights movement, at a time where segregation was still a very real and dominant presence in the US. He performed numerous concerts to support activists like Martin Luther King.
When John F. Kennedy was President, he planned a trip to Los Angeles and was going to stay at Frank's house as a "thank you" for campaigning in support of him. Frank immediately began construction of a helicopter pad outside his house to accommodate the president. But the president's brother, Robert F. Kennedy, talked JFK out of it, feeling that it would be a bad political move for the president to stay at the home of a man with known Mafia connections. JFK canceled and instead chose to stay at the home of Sinatra's biggest rival, Bing Crosby. When Sinatra found out he was furious, and immediately grabbed a sledgehammer and began demolishing the newly-constructed helipad. It was theorized by some that this was one of the reason's why he switched to the Republican party later in life.
Ex-wife Mia Farrow has theorized that her son, lawyer and journalist Ronan Farrow, could be Sinatra's biological son, since he bears such a strong resemblance to Sinatra. However, Sinatra's daughter has dismissed this theory, saying that Frank had had a vasectomy before Ronan was born.
The cartoon character Scooby-Doo from Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) was named after his scat "doo-be-doo-be-doo" at the end of "Strangers in the Night" after executive for daytime programming at CBS, Fred Silverman, heard the song on a red-eye flight to one of his development meetings.
He and Nancy Barbato Sinatra dated for five years before their marriage in 1939.
On 8/1/2018 he was recognized with an entire day of his film work during the TCM Summer Under The Stars.
Not commonly known is that his very first #1 commercial hit was songwriter C. Carson Parks' "Somethin' Stupid" (with Nancy Sinatra) in 1967.
He has appeared in five films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The House I Live In (1945), On the Town (1949), From Here to Eternity (1953), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
Raised funds for the Bergson Group.
Had bipolar disorder.
Publicly supported Israel in the Six Day War in 1967.
He fought for his part in From Here to Eternity which seemed to be set for Eli Wallach. His fee was $150,000 a film but he was so keen on doing the film that he said that he'd do it for $1,000 a week and he won an Oscar for his performance.

Personal Quotes (37)

I'm trying to figure out, Chairman of what Board? People come up to me and seriously say: "Well, what are you Chairman of?" And I can't answer them.
I'm for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels. But to me religion is a deeply personal thing in which man and God go it alone together, without the witch doctor in the middle.
A friend is never an imposition.
[his last words] I'm losing it.
[Talking about Burt Reynolds] He is the one the ladies like to dance with and their husbands like to drink with. He is the larger-than-life actor of our times. He is gifted, talented, naughty and nice.
A fella came up to me the other day with a nice story. He was in a bar somewhere and it was the quiet time of the night. Everybody's staring down at the sauce and one of my saloon songs comes on the jukebox, "One for My Baby", or something like that. After a while, a drunk at the end of the bar looks up and says, jerking his thumb toward the jukebox, "I wonder who he listens to?"
[when Dean Martin walked out on The Together Again Tour] You can't put a gun to his head. He just didn't want to do it.
Nothing anybody's said or written about me ever bothers me, except when it does.
[after the deaths of Sammy Davis Jr., Ava Gardner, Jilly Rizzo and Dean Martin] I'm next. I ain't scared, either. Everybody I ever knew is already over there.
[on Elvis Presley in 1957] Sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons; and by means of its almost imbecilic reiterations and sly, lewd - in plain fact, dirty - lyrics it manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the Earth. This rancid-smelling aphrodisiac I deplore. His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac . . . it fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people.
[on Ava Gardner] I love her, and God damn me for it.
You better get busy living, because dying's a pain in the ass.
[on Elvis Presley's death in 1977] There have been many accolades uttered about his talent and performances through the years, all of which I agree to wholeheartedly, I shall miss him dearly as a friend.
There are moments when it's too quiet. Particularly late at night or early in the mornings. That's when you know there's something lacking in your life. You just know.
Recording with Billy May is like having a bucket of cold water thrown into your face. Nelson Riddle will come to a session with all the arrangements carefully and neatly worked out beforehand. With Billy you sometimes don't get copies of the next number until you've finished the one before. Billy and Nelson both work best under pressure. Billy May is always driving while Nelson has more depth, and with Gordon Jenkins, it's just plain beautiful and simple.
[on Marlon Brando] He is the most overrated actor in the world.
No man's lifetime of work has better expressed the land of the free and the home of the brave. No man's lifetime of work has given proof to the world that our flag is still there. John Wayne is in truth a star-spangled man whom so proudly we hail.
For over half a century, Mr. Wayne [John Wayne] has served honorably as America's symbol to the world of the highest morals and prudent standards of our society.
[on Don Rickles] I like him. But that's because I have no taste.
In Hoboken, when I was a kid, I lived in a plenty tough neighborhood. When somebody called me a "dirty little pig," there was only one thing to do: break his head. When I got older, I realized you shouldn't do it [get even] that way. I realized you've got to do it through education . . . maybe with a few exceptions.
[1965] For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business. He excites me when I watch him. He moves me. He's the singer who gets across what the composer has in mind, and probably a little more.
I detest bad manners. If people are polite, I am. They shouldn't try to get away with not being polite to me.
I'm a performer. I'm better in the first take.
Don't tell me. Suggest. But don't tell me.
[on the resignation of US President Richard Nixon, Aug. 9, 1974] Any man can make a mistake.
[on friend Peggy Lee] Her wonderful talent should be studied by all vocalists; her regal presence is pure elegance and charm.
A well balanced girl is the one who has an empty head and a full sweater.
That guy Heston has to watch it. If he's not careful, he'll get actors a good name. - On Charlton Heston
[1978, in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas] I hate this song ['My Way']--you sing it for eight years, you would hate it too!
[on Rat Pack buddy Sammy Davis Jr.] He goes to the refrigerator for a snack, opens the door, and when that light hits him, he does 45 minutes of his act!
Rock 'n roll smells phony and false. It is sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons and by means of its almost imbecilic reiteration and sly, lewd, in plain fact, dirty lyrics .. manages to be the martial music of every side-burned delinquent on the face of the earth.
[to Sam Rayburn, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, who had greeted him by tugging at his sleeve] Hands off the threads, creep.
(On The Manchurian Candidate (1962)) I've never had to speak on screen before...long, wild speeches.
May you all live to be 100 years old, and may the last voice you hear be mine!
I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family - and I don't think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.
[on Matt Monro] If I had to choose three of the finest male vocalists in the singing business, Matt would be one of them. His pitch was right on the nose; his word enunciations letter perfect; his understanding of a song thorough.
Ella Fitzgerald is the only performer with whom I've ever worked who made me nervous. Because I try to work up to what she does. You know, try to pull myself up to that height, because I believe she is the greatest popular singer in the world, barring none-male or female.

Salary (12)

Major Bowes Amateur Theater of the Air (1935) $35 .00
Las Vegas Nights (1941) $15 /day
Reveille with Beverly (1943) $1,500
Higher and Higher (1943) $25,000
The Miracle of the Bells (1948) $100,000
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) $125,000
Meet Danny Wilson (1952) $25,000
From Here to Eternity (1953) $8,000
Young at Heart (1954) $85,000
The Pride and the Passion (1957) $10,000 /week
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) $1,000,000
The Naked Runner (1967) $1,000,000

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