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Also Known As: Daddy, Francis Albert Sinatra Died: May 14, 1998
Born: December 12, 1915 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA Profession: singer, actor, director, songwriter, producer, copyboy, truck freight handler, waiter

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endeavors still provided him with hits, such as the 1969 anthem "My Way." Written by Paul Anka specifically for Sinatra, it told the story of a man looking back on his eventful life with no regrets. It was a sentiment the 52-year-old entertainer could identify with. His fans felt the same and it soon became the song most identified with Sinatra throughout the remainder of his career.The time and tastes were definitely changing and after starring in the Western comedy "Dirty Dingus Magee" (1970), Sinatra would not be seen in a feature film for a decade. Showing outward signs of fatigue for the first time, he dramatically announced his retirement at the end of a 1971 concert. In 1973, Sinatra returned and released another hit album appropriately titled Olâ¿¿ Blue Eyes is Back. Without skipping a beat, he was selling out massive concerts at venues like Madison Square Garden and once again performing in Las Vegas. Eventually he resumed his film career â¿¿ however briefly â¿¿ with a highly-praised performance in the crime-thriller "The First Deadly Sin" (1980), opposite Faye Dunaway. Having embraced the Republican Party in the years after his falling out with JFK, Sinatra was an avid supporter of former...

endeavors still provided him with hits, such as the 1969 anthem "My Way." Written by Paul Anka specifically for Sinatra, it told the story of a man looking back on his eventful life with no regrets. It was a sentiment the 52-year-old entertainer could identify with. His fans felt the same and it soon became the song most identified with Sinatra throughout the remainder of his career.

The time and tastes were definitely changing and after starring in the Western comedy "Dirty Dingus Magee" (1970), Sinatra would not be seen in a feature film for a decade. Showing outward signs of fatigue for the first time, he dramatically announced his retirement at the end of a 1971 concert. In 1973, Sinatra returned and released another hit album appropriately titled Olâ¿¿ Blue Eyes is Back. Without skipping a beat, he was selling out massive concerts at venues like Madison Square Garden and once again performing in Las Vegas. Eventually he resumed his film career â¿¿ however briefly â¿¿ with a highly-praised performance in the crime-thriller "The First Deadly Sin" (1980), opposite Faye Dunaway. Having embraced the Republican Party in the years after his falling out with JFK, Sinatra was an avid supporter of former film star Ronald Reagan during the 1980 Presidential election, stumping just as hard for the Gipper as he had for Kennedy. Outside of politics, though, Sinatra continued to do what he did best â¿¿ break concert attendance and sales records, release popular albums like Trilogy: Past Present Future and L.A. is My Lady and score TV ratings gold with an appearance in a 1987 episode of the hit series "Magnum, P.I." (CBS, 1980-88).

Sinatraâ¿¿s youngest daughter, Tina Sinatra, later produced the biographical TV miniseries "Sinatra" (CBS, 1992). Starring Phillip Casnoff as the eponymous crooner, Gina Gershon as first wife Nancy, Marcia Gaye Hardin as Ava Gardner and Nina Siemaszko as Mia Farrow, it benefited from the full cooperation of the Sinatra clan. Although his voice had long since lost its lustrous sheen, he thrilled longtime fans and reached a new audience with the 1993 album Duets, which boasted collaborations with a diverse array of musical all-stars, including Barbara Streisand, Gloria Estefan and U2â¿¿s Bono. A follow-up to the immensely successful album was quickly released the next year to nearly equal fanfare. Back in the public eye to a degree he had not enjoyed in years, Sinatra continued to tour around the world, although his failing health and fading memory were causes of concern for family members like his fourth and final wife, Barbara Marx. A dangerous fall on stage in 1994 preceded his final concert appearances at Japanâ¿¿s Fukuoka Dome in December of that year. After being presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Bono at the 1994 Grammy ceremony, Sinatra sang publicly for the last time before a select crowd at a private function in February of 1995.

Mere days after his gala 80th birthday celebration, Sinatra was dealt a devastating emotional blow by the death of longtime friend and collaborator Dean Martin. His final years were spent in seclusion as both a mild heart attack and stroke further contributed to his rapidly declining health. On May 14, 1998, Sinatra reluctantly relinquished his hold on a life he had lived to the fullest when he suffered a heart attack at the age of 82. Encouraged by Barbara to keep fighting, Sinatraâ¿¿s reported final words revealed a man who saw even the Grim Reaper as an adversary to overcome â¿¿ "Iâ¿¿m losing." The iconâ¿¿s death sent the country into a nationwide period of shock and mourning not seen since the passing of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. That following night, the lights on the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed in his honor, while luminaries as varied as President Bill Clinton and pop star Elton John expressed their profound respect and appreciation for the great entertainer. Following a private ceremony attended by the likes of Gregory Peck, Tony Bennett, Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas and Sophia Loren, Sinatra was buried near his parents in a small cemetery in Cathedral City, CA, near his compound in Rancho Mirage.

Truly a towering figure in American culture, Sinatra would never completely leave the public consciousness. His iconic status ensured that the legend would live on through his music and films. In addition of books written about the man and his life, movie projects like "The Rat Pack" (HBO, 1998), which cast Ray Liotta as the Chairman, made a respectable bid to capture the style and swagger of the group's heyday. Director Ron Underwood's telepic "Stealing Sinatra" (Showtime, 2003) was an off-kilter look at the 1965 kidnapping of the entertainer's son Frank Sinatra, Jr. from the P.O.V. of the bumbling criminals (David Arquette and William H Macy). A more formal tribute came in 2008, when the U.S. Postal Service issued a 42-cent postage stamp in Sinatraâ¿¿s honor, depicting "Olâ¿¿ Blue Eyes" in a signature image from the 1950s.

By Bryce Coleman, Jacqueline Kennedy, to the inaugural ball which he had organized. Desperately wanting inside the circle of power at the White House, Sinatra went so far as to completely remodel his Palm Springs house â¿¿ even constructing a helipad for the Presidentâ¿¿s arrival â¿¿ in anticipation of a planned stay by President Kennedy in 1963. The U.S. Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy, however, nixed the plan, thinking it would look bad to have his brother cavorting with a man with alleged mob ties; it was left to brother-in-law Lawford to break the news to The Chairman of the Board. So offended was he by the snub, that Sinatra effectively ended his friendship with Lawford that day, cutting him out the Rat Pack circle, and by the end of the decade he began to shift away from his left-wing leanings and increasingly into the fold of the Republican party.

On the big screen, Sinatra continued to deliver solid performances in several notable films. One of the most memorable of his career was Sinatraâ¿¿s turn as the stalwart, perceptive Bennett Marco in the political psychodrama, "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), a film that eerily foreshadowed the assassination of JFK a year later. After clowning his way through "Robin and the Seven Hoods" (1964) with the Rat Pack, Sinatra hit box-office gold with the WWII action-adventure "Von Ryan's Express" (1965) and made his directorial debut with "None but the Brave" (1965), another wartime actioner. That same year, he won an Emmy for his televised special "Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music" (NBC, 1965), then picked up a pair of Grammys two years later for his hugely popular album Strangers in the Night. In addition to his victories as an entertainer, Sinatra had become a winner in the business world as well. In addition to his earlier arrangement with the Sands â¿¿ which had earned him $100,000 for each week he performed â¿¿ and his holdings in Cal Neva, he had made shrewd investments in such areas as charter airlines, music publishing, radio, restaurants and real estate.

A successful marriage, however, remained an elusive goal for Sinatra, who was still in love with his ex-wife Gardner, the one woman he could never tame. He raised eyebrows and sent the tabloids into a printing frenzy with his 1966 marriage to waifish ingénue Mia Farrow, nearly 30 years his junior. The unlikely union ended soon after the actress angered Sinatra by choosing the lead role in director Roman Polanski⿿s "Rosemary⿿s Baby" (1968) over a supporting part in his police-drama "The Detective" (1968). Farrow was served with divorce papers while shooting the classic horror movie ⿿ which went on to become a cultural phenomenon, while "The Detective" performed respectably at the box office before ultimately fading into obscurity. By the end of the decade Sinatra began to wind down his career as a film star with B-movie efforts like the private eye thrillers "Tony Rome" (1967) and its sequel "Lady in Cement" (1968). His musicck. Always a fighter himself, Sinat

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DIRECTOR:

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  None but the Brave (1965) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Young At Heart (1995) Himself
2.
 Young At Heart (1995)
5.
 Entertaining the Troops (1989) Himself
7.
 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Voice Of Singing Sword
9.
 Cannonball Run II (1984) Himself
10.
 First Deadly Sin, The (1980) Edward Delaney
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1915:
Weighed close to 15 pounds at birth; appeared stillborn until his grandmother held him under a cold water faucet
:
Godfather Frank Garrick, circulation manager of the <i>Jersey Observer</i>, arranged for his namesake to work on the paper's delivery truck
1935:
Attatched himself to the 'Three Flashes' trio; on September 8th, they appeared as the 'Hoboken Four' on radio's "Major Bowes' Amateur Hour", winning that night with 40,000 people calling in--the then-largest vote in the show's history; toured with the quartet for six months
:
First gained acclaim as vocalist with the Harry James Orchestra; first hit, "All or Nothing at All"
1940:
Hired away by Tommy Dorsey for $100 a week; recorded more than 80 songs with Dorsey's orchestra, including "Stardust", "This Love of Mine" and "I'll Never Smile Again"
1941:
Screen debut in "Las Vegas Nights" (as singer with Tommy Dorsey Band)
1943:
First solo hit, a recording of the Cole Porter standard, "Night and Day"
1943:
Feature acting debut, "Higher and Higher"
1945:
Won a Special Academy Award for "The House I Live In", a progressive short about racial tolerance
1945:
First of three films with Gene Kelly, "Anchors Aweigh"
1949:
Acted opposite Kelly in what is considered Sinatra's best film of the decade, "On the Town", co-directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen
:
First foray into TV, "The Frank Sinatra Show" (CBS); telecast live from NYC (later from Hollywood), it failed primarily because of the competition (opposite Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" for 1st season and Number 1 rated "The Texaco Star Theater" with Milton Berle for the 2nd)
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Film career slumped after the relative boxoffice failure of "Double Dynamite" (1951) and "Meet Danny Wilson" (1952)
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Dropped by Columbia Records in the early 1950s after his vocal chords hemorrhaged
1953:
Begged executives at Columbia Pictures to play the key supporting role of Maggio in an all-star production of "From Here to Eternity"; agreed to play the part for only $8000; won Best Supporting Actor Oscar
1953:
Signed to recording contract by Capitol Records (date approximate)
1955:
Co-starred with Marlon Brando and Vivian Blaine in film version of "Guys and Dolls"
1955:
Played the Stage Manager in TV adaptation of "Our Town" (NBC), intorduced the song "Love and Marriage"
1955:
Earned Best Actor Oscar nomination for Otto Preminger's "The Man With the Golden Arm"
1956:
First producing credit, "Johnny Concho" (also starred in title role)
1956:
Co-starred with Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby in "High Society", a musicalized version of "The Philadelphia Story" with songs by Cole Porter
1957:
Portrayed nightclub performer Joe E Lewis in the biopic "The Joker Is Wild"
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Starred in the ABC variety series "The Frank Sinatra Show"
1959:
Released "Come Dance with Me" (Capital); remained on charts for 140 weeks
1960:
Co-starred in what is considered the epitome of 'The Rat Pack' films "Oceans Eleven"
1961:
Left Capitol to form own record label, Reprise
1962:
Starred in John Frankenheimer's political thriller "The Manchurian Candidate"
1963:
Sold two-thirds of Reprise to Warner Bros. for more than $3 million capital gain
1965:
Only directing credit, "None but the Brave" (also starred in and produced)
1966:
Starred in the TV special, "Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music", which received a Peabody Award; show also featured daughter Nancy
1967:
Last Number 1 hit single, "Something Stupid", a duet with his daughter Nancy Sinatra (his first gold single)
1970:
Last feature acting role for a decade, "Dirty Dingus Magee"
1971:
Announced his retirement from show business; was back working again within two years
1974:
Was one of the hosts/narrators of the compilation film "That's Entertainment"
1977:
TV dramatic acting debut in the NBC movie "COntract on Cherry Street"
1980:
Returned to films as star of "The First Deadly Sin"
1983:
Honored with a tribute at Kennedy Center
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Toured the world with Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli
1990:
Performed on the TV special, "Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come" (CBS)
1990:
Last screen appearance in the documentary "Listen Up", a biographical portrait of composer-producer Quincy Jones
1992:
Was the subject of the five-hour TV miniseries, "Sinatra" (CBS), produced by daughter Tina
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Recorded two multiplatinum "Duets" albums, singing with pop stars like Barbara Streisand, Jimmy Buffet and Bono
1995:
Empire State Building glowed blue in honor of Ole Blue Eyes' 80th birthday
1995:
ABC aired the tribute special "Sinatra: 80 Years My Way"
1997:
Suffered "an uncomplicated heart attack" (January 9)
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Notes

In the annual theatre exhibitors' poll of the ten most popular boxoffice stars at the movies, Sinatra placed 10th in 1956, 5th in 1957, 10th in 1958, 7th in 1959, 8th in 1960 and 8th in 1962.

Presented by Austria with the Cross of Science and Arts (1984).

Received an honorary doctorate from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1985. It was Sinatra's first official return to the city of his birth since presented with the key to Hoboken in 1947.

His fabled fall and dramatic resurgence allegedly served as the basis for the Johnny Fontane character in Mario Puzo's novel "The Godfather" and its 1972 film adaptation.

"He created the art of intimate singing. He's taught us all how to sing psychologically. In the old days, singers used to belt songs so [fans] could hear you in the back row. Frank sings like he feels." --Tony Bennett in USA Today, December 10, 1990.

"It's not just the songs, but how he sings them. You believe the story when he sings. He sells a great lyric." --George Burns in USA Today, December 10, 1990

"No one can touch him." --Jim Morrison, lead singer of the legendary rock band The Doors.

"My first recollection of Frank's voice was coming out of a jukebox in a dark bar on a Sunday afternoon, when my mother and I went searching for my father, and I remember she said, 'Listen to that, that's Frank Sinatra. He's from Jersey.' It was a voice filled with bad attitude, life, beauty, excitement, a nasty sense of freedom, sex, and a sad knowledge of the ways of the world. Every song seemed to have as its postscript 'And if you don't like, here's a punch in the kisser.' But it was the deep blueness of Frank's voice that affected me the most, and, while his music became synonymous with black tie, good life, the best booze, women, sophistication, his blues voice was always the sound of hard luck and men late at night with the last ten dollars in their pockets trying to figure a way out. On behalf of all New Jersey, Frank, I want to say, 'Hail, brother, you sang out your soul.'" --Bruce Springsteen during a televised homage to Sinatra in honor his 80th birthday.

Presided over the Friars Club as the Abbot.

"He was the loneliest man I've ever known." --actor-producer Brad Dexter recalling Sinatra in GQ, November 1999.

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wife:
Nancy Sinatra. 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.
companion:
Lauren Bacall. Actor. Sinatra ended their relationship when news of their engagement was leaked to the press in 1958.
companion:
Lady Adelle Beatty. Together from 1958 until c. 1960.
companion:
Juliet Prowse. Dancer, actor.
companion:
Dorothy Provine. Actor.
wife:
Mia Farrow. Actor. Married on July 17, 1966; divorced in 1968.
wife:
Barbara Ann Marx. Showgirl. Married in July 1976; born c. 1928; formerly married to Zeppo Marx.
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father:
Martin Anthony Sinatra. Firefighter, professional boxer. Italian; boxed under name Marty O'Brien; opened a tavern and later was appointed Hoboken fire captain; died of a heart attack in 1969.
mother:
Natalie Sinatra. Barmaid, nurse, chocolate dipper. Born in Genoa, Italy; worked as barmaid at husband's tavern (Marty O'Brien's Bar); was a Democratic ward boss who could guarantee the Party machine at least 500 votes at every election; died in 1977.
daughter:
Nancy Sinatra. Singer, actor. Born on June 8, 1940; has written two books about her father.
son:
Frank Sinatra Jr. Singer, actor. Born on January 10, 1943; conducted father's orchestra.
daughter:
Christine Sinatra. Producer. Born on June 20, 1948; produced CBS miniseries "Sinatra" based on father's life.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra"
"Sinatra: The Man and His Music--The Recording Artistry of Francis Albert Sinatra, 1939-92"
"Sinatra! The Song Is You: A Singer's Art" Scribner
"The Frank Sinatra Reader" Oxford University Press
"Frank Sinatra, My Father"
"Frank Sinatra: An American Legend" Virgin/General Publishing Group
"Sinatra: The Pictorial Biography" Courage Books/Running Press
"Sinatra--Behind the Legend" Birch Lane Press
"The Way You Wear Your Hat" HarperCollins
"Sinatra: The Artist and the Man" Random House
"All or Nothing At All" A Life of Frank Sinatra" Fromm International
"Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Showbiz Party" Doubleday
"Why Sinatra Matters" Little, Brown
"My Father's Daughter" Simon & Schuster
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Contributions

JStafford ( 2006-03-23 )

Source: Movie Star Homes: The Famous to the Forgotten (Santa Monica Press) by Judy Artunian and Mike Oldham

Frank Sinatra and his fourth wife Barbara moved into the Beverly Hills estate at 915 North Foothill Rd. in the mid-80s. A few years later they added a second floor. The 9,000 square ft. house sports an art gallery and a gym. It sold for close to $7.9 million in 2003. (Source) Movie Star Homes: The Famous to the Forgotten (Santa Monica Press) by Judy Artunian and Mike Oldham

jswms ( 2008-06-17 )

Source: not available

Frank, Jr. is really not a "Jr" - His name is Franklin Wayne Emmanuel Sinatra...Franklin for FDR,.. Wayne for John "Duke",...Emmanuel for Mannie Sachs - FAS's friend, A&R @ Columbia Records, etc.

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