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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: Music ... 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 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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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 )

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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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