One of the most appreciated and talented singers in history, Frank Sinatra had an interesting and fascinating life. Frank’s entourage included US presidents, mob bosses, but also starlets and even famous athletes. Below you can discover 30 facts worth to be known about Frank Sinatra.
1. Personal life
Also known as Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra loved living, but wasn’t very happy to talk about his personal life. In fact, Sinatra often threatened journalists to not write about him. He commonly refused to give interviews, too.
2. Relationship with Marilyn Monroe
Frank Sinatra was known to have an on and off affair with Marilyn Monroe, even though Frank tried to keep this relationship away from the public’s eye.
3. Inspiration to sing
It is said that Frank Sinatra got his inspiration to sing after hearing Bing Crosby on the radio. Crosby will turn out to be Frank’s biggest rival.
4. Friendship with JFK
Sinatra was really good friends with John F. Kennedy. He played golf with the president.
5. Acting roles
Despite his successful musical career, Sinatra was also featured in many movies. He starred in The Manchurian Candidate, From Here to Eternity, The Man with the Golden Arm and also in some television shows.
6. Stage name
Early in his career, Sinatra was asked to change his stage name to Frankie Satin, but he refused.
7. Marriage to Mia Farrow
Frank Sinatra was married to Mia Farrow for a short period of time. When he decided to divorce her, he stunned Mia. The divorce papers were presented to the actress in front of the cast of Rosemary’s Baby.
8. Supporting Kennedy
Sinatra was one of the most loyal supporters of John F. Kennedy during his Presidential campaign, but not only.
9. A small role of dimes
Sinatra always carried with him a small roll of dimes. This became a lifetime habit after the kidnapping of his son, when Sinatra had to call the kidnappers from payphones to get his son back. It is said that the singer was even buried with a roll of dimes in his jacket pocket.
10. Kidnapping of Sinatra Jr.
Actually, an event that deeply marked Frank Sinatra was the kidnapping of his son. Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped at gunpoint by three men, in front of a casino. Fortunately, after paying the ransom, the singer’s son was unharmed. The kidnappers were arrested soon after.
11. Protecting Mia
Despite the divorce, Frank Sinatra offered to help Mia, when Woody Allen, Mia’ longtime boyfriend, married the couple’s adopted daughter. Mia was humiliated by the scandal which occurred in the 1990s, so Sinatra offered to have Allen’s legs broken, in the mob style.
12. Adultery charges
Sinatra was always described as a womanizer, so there is no wonder that he was caught in a compromising position with a lady. Still, this happened when adultery was considered to be a crime, so Sinatra was taken to the police station, although the singer was released with a $500 fine.
13. Marriage to Barbara Marx
The last marriage, as well as the longest, for Frank was his relationship with Barbara Marx.
14. Connection with the Mafia
It is not a secret that Frank Sinatra was connected with the mob. It is believed that the singer had close friendships with some of the most powerful mafia bosses of his time.
15. Disappointed by Kennedy
After years of being a fervent supporter of the President, Sinatra felt betrayed, while Kennedy started to avoid the singer, most likely because of his connections with the mob. Sinatra was snubbed by the President, when Kennedy stayed at Bing Crosby’s house, instead of Sinatra’s home.
16. Refusal to accept racism
Frank refused to play in Las Vegas casinos where African-American entertainers were not allowed to perform.
17. The Best is Yet to Come
The last song that Sinatra performed, The Best is Yet to Come, was engraved on his tombstone.
18. Chairman of the Board
A famous nickname that Frank Sinatra got while being the president at Reprise Records, Chairman of the Board, was actually a name that Sinatra hated. At least this is what his wife Barbara said.
19. Oscar Award winner
Back in 1953, Frank Sinatra went to win an Oscar Award for his role in From Here to Eternity.
20. Suicide attempts
In the early 1950s, Sinatra was at a very low point. He attempted to commit suicide, but he was saved by his manager of that time. He made other three suicide attempts during his relationship with actress Ava Gardner.
21. Rat Pack
Frank Sinatra was a member of the Rat Pack, a notorious group of entertainers, which included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
22. Line of jarred pasta sauces
Frank had his own line of jarred pasta sauces, which was quite successful.
23. Sinatra briefly retired
In 1971, Frank decided to take a break from the entertainment industry, but he managed to stay away of this world only for two years.
24. Relationship with Ava Gardner
A year after trying to commit suicide following a fight with Ava Garden, who he was madly in love with, Sinatra wedded the beautiful actress.
25. My Way
Sinatra refused to record My Way when the song idea first came up. The star considered this song self-serving and indulgent.
Sinatra suffered from severe insomnia problems for years.
27. FBI investigation
Due to his connections with the mafia, Sinatra was investigated by the FBI. He was also under investigation for trying to pay a doctor to declare him unfit for military service.
28. Beatles song fan
Sinatra loved the song Something by The Beatles. He liked this song so much that he started to use it in live sets, towards the end of his career.
29. Frank performed in front of the pyramids
The success and appreciation that Sinatra received was so great that he was even asked to have a performance in front of the Pyramids, back in 1979, for the Egyptian president.
30. Relationship with Nancy Barbato
Sinatra’s first wife was Nancy Barbato, whom the singer married in 1939. The couple had two children, Nancy and Franklin Wayne Sinatra. The couple divorced in 1951, when Sinatra already dated Ava Gardener.
An extraordinary singer and entertainer, Sinatra deserves all the credit for his music. Still, since the singer was linked to members of the Mafia, it was said that Sinatra’s career was aided behind the scenes by organized crime. Do you know any other facts about Frank Sinatra?
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