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On December 12, 1915, Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was thought to be stillborn until his grandmother revived him under cold water. He was the only child of Italian immigrants Anthony Martin and Natalie Della "Dolly".
Sinatra dropped out of high school at 15 and decided he would follow in the footsteps of his idol, Bing Crosby. In 1935 he entered a radio talent program called Major Bowes Amateur Hour. For the performance Frank partnered up with a singing and dancing trio called the Three Flashes and formed the Hoboken Four. They won first prize and went on to more performances with Major Bowes' traveling show. Within a few years, Sinatra was singing regularly on several radio stations. He got his big break while working as a singer and waiter at an Englewood, N.J. restaurant, the Rustic Cabin. There, trumpet extraordinaire Harry James found the young Sinatra and decided he would fit well as the lead singer for his band The Music Makers.
Sinatra quit James’ band after 7 months and joined Tommy Dorsey's swing orchestra. It was with Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra that the classic Sinatra crooning began and the idol began to form. By the early forties Sinatra had made a name for himself and he bought out his contract with Dorsey to pursue a solo career. Success followed him and so did swarms of adoring teenage girls just to hear his unique phrasing and emotional performances.
The first Frank Sinatra hit song was recorded in 1939 with the Harry James Orchestra. "All or Nothing at All," was actually released in 1943 after Sinatra had left James’ group and signed on with Tommy Dorsey’s Big Band.
In 1946, Sinatra signed a five-year film contract with M-G-M which diverted his primary focus away from music and toward acting. Just as on stage, Sinatra’s charisma came through on film and he went on to star in a variety of films that often featured his songs. The most successful of the early films was Anchors Aweigh with Gene Kelly in 1945 and On the Town in 1949.
The tough times began in the early 1950s. In 1951, Frank left his first wife Nancy and his three children for movie starlet, Ava Gardner. Their five-year relationship was a precursor to the more modern tabloid headline grabbers of today. In 1952, Sinatra suffered a severe blow to his career when his vocal cords hemorrhaged. At this point in his career the music was painful and the movie roles were poor. Professional abandonment came for Sinatra at age 37 when he was dropped by Universal, CBS-TV, Columbia Records and his agent.
The downhill road began to show incline thanks to Ava Gardner’s assistance in securing husband Frank the role of Angelo Maggio in 1953's From Here to Eternity. Sinatra himself loved the role and knew he was born to play it. He fought hard to convince the producers the same and even agreed to take a huge pay cut and take the role for only $8,000. His performance as Maggio opposite Burt Lancaster and Donna Reed showed that he could hang with the big boys of Hollywood. The fitting reward for his dramatic performance was the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in the film.
His acting prowess wasn’t a flash in the pan as Sinatra went on to give a riveting performance as a heroin addict in the 1955 Otto Preminger film The Man With the Golden Arm. He received critical acclaim for his role in the 1962 Cold War psychodrama The Manchurian Candidate. Along with the dramatic roles, Sinatra maintained his involvement in more light hearted, entertaining musical feature films like Guys and Dolls (1955), High Society (1956), and Pal Joey (1957).
The Rat Pack was formed by Humphrey Bogart in 1955. The then "Holmby Hills Rat Pack" was meant to be a gathering of the guys for nights of drinking and fun. After Bogart's death in 1957, the Rat Pack as we know it today was born under the leadership of the Pack Master, Frank Sinatra. The new Pack was comprised of Sinatra's pals, namely Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. Later honorary members included Milton Berle, Shirley MacLaine, and Tony Curtis. Sinatra actually preferred the title "The Summit" for his group but the Rat Pack is the name that stuck. From the late 50s to the early 60s, the Rat Pack was booming. They hammed it up on stage and screen with a huge fan base to feed the growing attraction. They performed together with a relaxed yet intimate humor the likes of which is not often seen today. It was a unique and classy bunch of entertaining friends.
The Pack performed on stage together, partied together and made movies together. Ocean's Eleven (1960), Sergeants 3 (1962), Four for Texas (1963), and Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964) reflected the creative lifestyle of living it up till all hours of the night. More than just a party, the Pack had social influence, no one more than the Pack master himself with his increasing political and cultural power.
In 1953, Sinatra’s musical career was reborn when he signed on with Capitol Records. His collaborations with arranger Nelson Riddle produced some of the most popular albums of the time, such as Songs for Young Lovers, A Swingin' Affair, Come Fly With Me, Swing Easy, In the Wee Small Hours, and Songs for Swingin' Lovers. During this period Sinatra went through a vocal evolution from the crooning heartthrob to the more mature and interpretive artist. He covered the gamut of emotions with his albums and pulled it off each time. He described his bipolar accuracy with the quote “being an 18-karat manic-depressive and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an over acute capacity for sadness as well as elation.”
The hit songs kept coming and the persona and success ballooned during Sinatra’s so called “come-back” in the late ‘50s. Yet, it’s hard to call it a comeback when he ended up surpassing where he had been in the first place. It was more like a come back followed by unbelievable yet well-deserved achievement. He was back at the top of the music, movie and even TV world. Entertainment was synonymous with Sinatra. Here the legend took form as a result of the way he handled himself during such fruitful times. Always cool and collected, he carried himself in a way that most in the limelight do not. He worked hard to maintain the standards he set with sold-out concerts, hit records, and popular films and television specials. "The Chairman of the Board" added successful businessman to his resume with many successful deals including the co-founding of his own recording label in 1961 dubbed Reprise Records.
The up and down love affair/marriage with Ava Gardner ended in divorce in 1957. Sinatra the bachelor was back and he pursued such Hollywood sex symbols as Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, and Lauren Bacall. He ended up marrying the little known actress Mia Farrow (30 years his junior) in 1966. They divorced in 1968 and in 1976 Sinatra married his fourth and final wife, Barbara Jane Blakely Marx, Zeppo Marx's widow.
Sinatra announced his retirement from both recording and acting in 1971. He was far from finished, however, and in 1973 released the television special and album, Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back. In 1980 he appeared in the urban crime drama The First Deadly Sin. He appeared sporadically on TV (Who’s the Boss and others) and in film throughout the ‘80s.
In 1988 Sinatra launched a hugely successful Rat Pack reunion tour with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin but when Dean pulled out due to the strenuous schedule, Liza Minnelli provided a very qualified replacement. The release of two albums featuring Sinatra with other popular artists of the times, Duets (1993) and Duets II (1994), proved his style of music was still in demand. The two Duets albums outsold any of his albums. Frank proved he could cross-generational barriers with as much ease as he sang a song.
Many people overlook the generosity of Frank Sinatra throughout his life. He was a favorite of the media due to his alleged mob ties and the focus usually centered on what he did wrong instead of the many things he did right. In 1971, the Motion Picture Academy awarded him the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his many charitable deeds. He received the Kennedy Center Life Achievement Award in 1983 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985. In 1987, Sinatra was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the N.A.A.C.P. If any of those accolades can be topped, they were in 1997 when Frank Sinatra received the highest honor the U.S.A. can bestow upon a civilian in a Congressional Gold Medal for his countless accomplishments as a singer, actor, and humanitarian.
Frank Sinatra passed away as a result of a heart attack on May 14, 1998 at the age of 82.
Most people wish for success during their lives and to be happy in their occupation. Frank succeeded in just about every thing he attempted professionally. He regretted not being physically able to serve his country but he gave back and served in his own way. He lived a full life that many people admire, whether fans of his music or not. It’s easy for great music or theatrical performances to live on, but for a persona to persist as long as Mr. Sinatra’s shall is a true testament to his legacy.
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|Birth Name:||Francis Albert Sinatra|
|Birth Date:||December 12, 1915|
|Date of Death:||May 14, 1998|
|Buried:||Interred May 20, 1998 at Cathedral City's "Desert Memorial Park" in Palm Springs, California, USA. Specific Interment Location: B-8, #151|
|Occupations:||Actor, Director, Writer, Musician, Producer|
|Claim to Fame:||The Voice|
|Nicknames:||Old Blue Eyes, The Chairman of the Board, Francis Albert|
|Significant Other(s):||Wife: Nancy Sinatra (nee Barbato). Married on February 4, 1939; divorced on October 29, 1951
Wife: Ava Gardner. Actor. Married on November 7, 1951; separated on October 27, 1953; divorced in 1957
Lauren Bacall: Actor. Sinatra ended the relationship in 1958 when news of their engagement was leaked to the press
Lady Adelle Beatty: Together from 1958 until 1960
Juliet Prowse: Dancer, actor
Dorothy Provine: Actor
Wife: Mia Farrow. Actor. Married on July 17, 1966; divorced in 1968
Wife: Barbara Marx. Showgirl. Married in July 1976; born 1928; formerly married to Zeppo Marx
|Family:||Father: Martin Anthony Sinatra. Italian. Firefighter, professional boxer (aka Marty O'Brien)
Mother: Natalie Sinatra. Italian. aka Dolly Sinatra
Daughter: Nancy Sinatra. Singer, actor. Born on June 8, 1940; has authored two books about her father
Son: Frank Sinatra Jr. Singer, actor. Born on January 10, 1943; conducted father's orchestra
Daughter: Christina Sinatra. (aka Tina) Producer. Born on June 20, 1948; produced CBS miniseries Sinatra about father's life
|Awards:||1945: Honorary Oscar for The House I Live In. Award given to the producers, scriptwriters, songwriters (of the title tune) and to Sinatra for their work in this short subject advocating racial, ethnic and religious tolerance.
1953: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for From Here to Eternity
1953: Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for From Here to Eternity
1957: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor-Musical/Comedy for Pal Joey
1958: Grammy Award for Best Album Cover for Only the Lonely
1959: Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Come Dance with Me
1959: Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male for Come Dance with Me
1965: Grammy Award for Album of the Year for September of My Years
1965: Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male for It Was a Very Good Year
1965: Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)
1966: Grammy Award for Record of the Year for Strangers in the Night
1966: Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male for Strangers in the Night (single)
1966: Grammy Award for Album of the Year for A Man & His Music
1970: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Statuette presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1970: Cecil B DeMille Award. Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
1972: Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
1980: National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Trustee Award
1983: Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award
1985: Presidential Medal of Freedom
1987: NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award
1993: Desert Palm Achievement Award. Honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival for his 50 films
1996: Grammy for Traditional Pop Vocal Performance for Duets II
1997: Congressional Gold Medal
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(1914 - 1998)
(Thanks to Bob Siler for his research & contribution)
THE BIRTH OF OLE BLUES EYES
1914 - 1943
HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY
415 MONROE STREET
Frank's parents, Frank and Dolly Sinatra, were married in 1914.
They were living in this four - story, eight room family building where the future Chairman Of The Board was born on April 2, 1916.
1927 - 1932
703 PARK AVENUE
In 1927 the Sinatra's moved into this three bedroom apartment.
1938 - 1939
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NEW JERSEY
THE RUSTIC CABIN
Sinatra's first professional contract was for $25,00 a week, working for this country roadhouse as a singer, headwaiter, Master of Ceremonies and comedian. In 1939 he was seen by Harry James, who signed him.
1939 - 1943
JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY
Frank and his first wife, Nancy's first apartment as a married couple. It had three rooms and the rent was $42.00 a month.
1943 - 1944
HASHBROOKS HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY
Frank was touring with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra when he bought his first house. It cost $25,000. His neighbor was mobster Willie Moretti. In 1944 he moved his wife and children to Hollywood, California.
OLE BLUE EYES IN HOLLYWOOD
1944 - 1998
1944 - 1948
TOLUCA LAKE, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA
10051 VALLEY SPRING LANE
Sinatra bought this house from actress Mary Astor and moved Nancy and the kids out from New Jersey. It was their first Hollywood home. In the 1960s actress Sandra Dee lived here.
1948 - 1950
HOLMBY HILLS, BEVERLY HILLS
320 NORTH CAROLWOOD DRIVE
Sinatra paid $250,000 for this mansion and moved his brood from out of Toluca Lake. In 1950 he and Nancy split up and he moved out of the house. She raised the kids here and continues to live in this house. He moved out to be with Ava Gardner.
1948 - 1952
ALEJO ROAD - "TWIN PALMS"
Frank built his first Palm Springs home where he, Nancy and the children could relax. It cost $250,000. After they seperated he moved Ava Gardner in. It became their love nest.
9In 1952 Frank paid $90,000 for Al Jolson's Palm Springs home).
1950 - 1951
177 SOUTH ROBERTSON BLVD
Sinatra's office building. After he moved out of the family home
in 1950, Frank stayed here for a short time. In 1951 (the year of the divorce from Nancy was final) he had to sell the building to pay alimony. It is now The International Children's Center.
Late 1950s To Early 1960s
2666 BOWMONT DRIVE
In 1966 he married Mia Farrow
100 DELFERN DRIVE
Frank and Mia lived here in a house he rented from producer Buddy Adler and his actress wife, Anita Louise. Eva Gabor was living here at the time of her death.
120 MONOVALE DRIVE
He and Mia lived here in a bungalow
1970s - 1973
209 COPA DE ORO ROAD
In 1973 Frank sold the house to Telly Savalas.
(Frank's buddy, Dean Martin lived aon this street at 363 from 1973 to 1976)
His beach pad
1980s - 1998
915 FOOTHILL ROAD
In the 1980s Sinatra and his fourth and last wife, Barbara, sold their Palm Springs home and moved here. They were living here
at the time of his death on May 14, 1998.
(Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks once lived here)
RANCHO MIRAGE PROPERTY OWNED BY FRANK SINATRA
70 - 548 FRANK SINATRA DRIVE
70 - 588 FRANK SINATRA DRIVE
70 - 200 FRANK SINATRA DRIVE (Guest house)
70 - 630 FRANK SINATRA DRIVE (Guset house)
1130 STARLIGHT LANE
36928 PINTO PALM DRIVE - CATHERDAL CITY
CEDARS - SINAI MEDICAL CENTER
6700 BEVERLY BLVD - LOS ANGELES
Frank Sinatra died here on May 14, 1998
GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC CHURCH - BEVERLY HILLS
Sinatra's funeral was held here
DESERT MEMORIAL PARK - CATHEDRAL CITY
Sinatra is buried near his parents and his friend, Jilly Rizzo.
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