"Luck is fine, and you have to have luck to get the opportunity. But after that, you've got to have talent and know how to use it." - Frank Sinatra
Real Name / Birth Name / Full Name: Francis Albert Sinatra
Date of Birth: 12-Dec-1915
Birthplace: Hoboken, NJ
Date of Death: 14-May-1998
Deathplace (Location of Death): Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer, Actor
Height: 5' 8½" (1.74 m)
Father: Anthony Martin Sinatra
Mother: Natalie Della (known as Dolly)
Wife: Nancy Barbato (m. 4-Feb-1939, div. 29-Oct-1951)
Wife: Ava Gardner (m. 7-Nov-1951, div. 1957)
Wife: Mia Farrow (m. 19-Jul-1966, div. 1968)
Wife: Barbara Marx (m. 1976)
Daughter: Nancy Sinatra (with Barbato)
Son: Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Daughter: Christine Sinatra (known as Tina, b. 20-Jun-1948)
Girlfriend: Dorothy Provine
Girlfriend: Juliet Prowse (dancer)
Girlfriend: Victoria Principal
Girlfriend: Natalie Wood
Girlfriend: Lauren Bacall (1958)
Girlfriend: Lady Adelle Beatty (1958-60)
Nickname: The Voice, Chairman of the Board (of Show Business), Ol' Blue Eyes, Swoonatra
Sometimes Credited As: Chairman of the Board, Daddy
Best Known As: Singer of New York, New York and leader of the Rat Pack.
Genre: Vocal, Pop Standards, Vocal/Easy Listening, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Classic Swing, Swing
Huge support of John F. Kennedy.
Close personal friend of Ronald Reagan, as well as Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Don Rickles, and a bunch of mobsters.
Slept with Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Kim Novak, Juliet Prowse, Judith Exner.
Biography of Frank Sinatra:
Francis Albert Sinatra was born on 12 December 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, as the son of a quiet father and a talented, tempestuous mother, Sinatra decided to become a singer after hearing Bing Crosby on the radio. He began singing in small clubs in New Jersey and eventually attracted the attention of trumpeter and band-leader Harry James.
Sinatra joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1940 where he rose to fame as a singer. His vast appeal to the "bobby soxers", as teenage girls were then called, revealed a whole new audience for popular music. Later signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist with some success, particularly during the musicians' recording strikes.
Sinatra's singing career declined in the late 1940s and early 1950s when he made a spectacular comeback as an actor in From Here to Eternity (1953), which won him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. He later appeared in many films, the most noteworthy being The Man with the Golden Arm, and The Manchurian Candidate. In 1954, Sinatra played a crazed, coldblooded assassin determined to kill the President in the thriller Suddenly also starring Sterling Hayden.
After his film debut, Sinatra's singing career rebounded. During the 1950s, he signed with Capitol Records, where he worked with many of the finest arrangers of the era, most notably Nelson Riddle and Billy May, and with whom he made a series of highly regarded recordings. By the early 1960s, he was a big enough star to start his own record label: Reprise Records.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Sinatra was a popular attraction in Las Vegas. He was friends with many other entertainers, including Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Together, along with actor Peter Lawford and comedian Joey Bishop, they formed the core of the Rat Pack. Sinatra played a major role in the desegregation of Nevada hotels and casinos in the 1960s. Sinatra led his fellow members of the Rat Pack in refusing to patronize hotels and casinos that denied service to Sammy Davis Jr., an African-American. As the Rat Pack became the subject of great media attention due to the release of the film Ocean's Eleven, his last lead role was as the aging detective in The First Deadly Sin (1980).
On December 1, 1983 while playing Blackjack at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City Sinatra and fellow ratpacker Dean Martin had intimidated the Blackjack dealer and several casino employees into breaking New Jersey casino laws by making the dealer deal the cards by hand instead of by a shoe which is required by law.
Death of Frank Sinatra:
Sinatra's singing career continued into the 1990s, most notably with his Duets albums on which he sang with other stars such as U2's Bono. He continued to perform live until February 1995, but the nearly 80-year-old singer often had to rely on teleprompters for his lyrics, to compensate for his failing memory.
Sinatra died in 1998 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, following a long illness from coronary heart disease, kidney disease, bladder cancer and senility. His funeral was held some 120 miles east at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Palm Springs.