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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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The first, and possibly the greatest American musical superstar, Frank Sinatra was inarguably one of the most successful, multi-talented entertainers of the 20th-Century. Starting out as a crooner with bandleaders like Tommy Dorsey in the late-1930s, by 1942 "Sinatramania" had swept the country and his live performances were causing riots. Just as suddenly, a combination of damaged vocal cords, reputed ties to organized crime, and a torrid romance between the still married Sinatra and actress Ava Gardner conspired to end Sinatra's reign by 1950. In one of the most incredible career resurrections of all-time, he reinvented himself with an Oscar-winning performance in "From Here to Eternity" (1953), followed by a string of era-defining hit records with Capitol, such as Come Fly with Me! and Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely. Sinatra cultivated his larger-than-life persona with his celebrity buddies, the "Rat Pack," who were immortalized in the hip crime-comedy "Ocean's Eleven" (1960) and rubbed shoulders with the likes of President John F. Kennedy. Always eager for new challenges, he founded his own record company and earned more rave reviews for roles in films like "The Manchurian Candidate"...

The first, and possibly the greatest American musical superstar, Frank Sinatra was inarguably one of the most successful, multi-talented entertainers of the 20th-Century. Starting out as a crooner with bandleaders like Tommy Dorsey in the late-1930s, by 1942 "Sinatramania" had swept the country and his live performances were causing riots. Just as suddenly, a combination of damaged vocal cords, reputed ties to organized crime, and a torrid romance between the still married Sinatra and actress Ava Gardner conspired to end Sinatra's reign by 1950. In one of the most incredible career resurrections of all-time, he reinvented himself with an Oscar-winning performance in "From Here to Eternity" (1953), followed by a string of era-defining hit records with Capitol, such as Come Fly with Me! and Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely. Sinatra cultivated his larger-than-life persona with his celebrity buddies, the "Rat Pack," who were immortalized in the hip crime-comedy "Ocean's Eleven" (1960) and rubbed shoulders with the likes of President John F. Kennedy. Always eager for new challenges, he founded his own record company and earned more rave reviews for roles in films like "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962). Although he retired briefly in the early '70s, Sinatra returned soon after to thrill longtime fans with more sold out concerts and chart-topping albums like 1993's Duets, right up until his 80th birthday. Over the course of his 60-year career, Sinatra elevated popular music to an art form while he attained the status of legend - the Chairman of the Board.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  None but the Brave (1965) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Young At Heart (1995) Himself
2.
 Listen Up (1990) Himself
3.
 Entertaining the Troops (1989) Himself
4.
 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Voice Of Singing Sword
6.
 Cannonball Run II (1984) Himself
7.
 First Deadly Sin, The (1980) Edward Delaney
8.
 Contract on Cherry Street (1977) Deputy Inspector Frank Hovannes
9.
 That's Entertainment! (1974) Narration
10.
 Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) Dingus Magee
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Milestones close milestones

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)
:
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
:
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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Education

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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.

Companions close complete companion listing

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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Family close complete family listing

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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