- NAME: Frank Sinatra
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: December 12, 1915
- DEATH DATE: May 14, 1998
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Hoboken, New Jersey
- PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California
- Nickname: The Voice
- Nickname: The Sultan of Swoon
- Nickname: Ol' Blue Eyes
- Nickname: The Chairman of the Board
- Originally: Francis Albert Sinatra
- AKA: Frank Sinatra
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Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century, forging a career as an award-winning singer and film actor.
Born in New Jersey on December 12, 1915, Frank Sinatra rose to fame singing big band numbers. In the '40s and '50s, he had a dazzling array of records and film appearances, winning an Oscar for From Here to Eternity. He died in 1998.
After being rejected for military service due to a punctured ear drum Frank Sinatra enjoyed immense success while World War II raged on.
After hearing Sammy Davis Jr. perform as part of the Will Mastin Trio, Frank Sinatra chose the band to open for him at various engagements.
In 1939 twenty-four year old Frank Sinatra came to Atlantic City for the first time to perform. From there he would begin his dreams of stardom.
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This period also marked his Las Vegas debut, where he continued on for years as a main attraction at Caesars Palace. As a founding member of the "Rat Pack," alongside Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, Sinatra came to epitomize the hard-drinking, womanizing,
gambling swinger—an image constantly reinforced by the popular press and Sinatra's own albums. With his modern edge and timeless class, not to mention hits like 1968's iconic "My Way," even the radical youth had to pay Sinatra his due. As Jim Morrison of the Doors once said, "No one can touch him."
After a brief retirement in the early 1970s, Sinatra returned to the music scene with the album "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back" (1973) and also became more politically active. Having first visited the White House in 1944 while campaigning for Franklin D. Roosevelt in his bid for a fourth term in office, Sinatra worked eagerly for John F. Kennedy's election in 1960 and later supervised JFK's inaugural gala in Washington. The relationship between the two soured, however, after the president canceled a weekend visit to Sinatra's house due to the singer's connections to Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana. By the 1970s, Sinatra had abandoned his long-held Democratic loyalties and embraced the Republican Party, supporting first Richard Nixon and later his close friend Ronald Reagan, who presented Sinatra with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 1985.
Frank Sinatra married his childhood sweetheart, Nancy Barbato, in 1939. They had three children together—Nancy (born in 1940), Frank Sinatra Jr. (born in 1944) and Tina (born in 1948)—before their marriage unraveled in the late 1940s.
In 1951, Sinatra married actress Ava Gardner; after they split, Sinatra remarried a third time, to Mia Farrow, in 1966. That union, too, ended in divorce (in 1968), and Sinatra married for a fourth and final time in 1976, to Barbara Blakely Marx, the widow of comedian Zeppo Marx. The two remained together until Sinatra's death more than 20 years later.
In October 2013, Mia Farrow, made headlines after stating that Sinatra could be the father of her 25-year-old son, Ronan, in an interview with Vanity Fair. Ronan is Farrow's only official biological child with Woody Allen. Also during the interview, she called Sinatra the love of her life, saying, "We never really split up." In response to the buzz surrounding his mother's comments, Ronan jokingly tweeted: "Listen, we're all *possibly* Frank Sinatra's son."
In 1987, author Kitty Kelley published an unauthorized biography of Sinatra, accusing the singer of relying on mob ties to build his career. Such claims failed to diminish Sinatra's widespread popularity. In 1993, at the age of 77, Sinatra gained legions of new, younger fans with the release of Frank Sinatra Duets, a collection of 13 Sinatra standards that he rerecorded alongside the likes of Barbra Streisand, Bono, Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin.
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