Frank Sinatra
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Francis Albert Sinatra (1915 - 1998)

Francis Albert (Frank) "Ol' Blue Eyes, Chairman of the Board" Sinatra
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married about 1939 (to about 1951) [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1951 (to 1957) [location unknown]
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Husband of — married about 1976 (to 14 May 1998) [location unknown]
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Died in West Hollywood, California, United Statesmap
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Born 12 December 1915, in Hoboken, New Jersey, the only child of Italian immigrants Antonino Martino Sinatra and Natalina Garaventa, Francis Albert Sinatra would grow to become the legendary star, Frank Sinatra.

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Singer, actor, producer, director and conductor, Frank began his professional musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. He learned music by ear and never learned to read it. In the mid-1940s, he was signed by Columbia Records and went on to find success as a solo artist. Though his professional career would stall in 1950, it would experience a rebirth in 1953 when Sinatra won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity. Shortly thereafter, Frank signed with Capital Records and went on to release several critically acclaimed albums. In 1961, Sinatra formed his own record label, released several more successful albums and went on to become a founding member of the Rat Pack, tour internationally and hang with celebrities and statesmen such as John F. Kennedy.

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Frank retired in 1971 for two years, then came out of retirement in 1973 to record several more albums, even scoring a Top-40 hit with his song New York, New York! Sinatra also managed to have a very successful career as an actor. He continued to tour and act until shortly before his death in 1998.

At the age of 82, after suffering a heart attack. Sinatra died 14 May 1998. He'd suffered from illnesses for several years. His wife Barbara was at his side, encouraging him to fight while attempts were made to stabilize him. His final words were "I'm losing."

Sinatra was buried with trinkets from family members and friends including cherry-flavored Life Savers, stuffed toys, Camel cigarettes and a Zippo lighter, Tootsie Rolls and a bottle of Jack Daniels. His grave marker is inscribed with the words "The Best Is Yet To Come".

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Frank Sinatra is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He received 11 Grammy Awards, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983. Sinatra has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.


Sinatra enregistre son premier disque le 13 juillet 1939, et, dès 1942, devient une vedette. Il enregistrera plus de 100 disques et des tubes par dizaines : « Strangers in the night », « I’ve got you under my skin », « My way »… Sa carrière a pourtant connu des hauts et des bas, durant lesquels il s’est souvent tourné vers Hollywood, obtenant un Oscar en 1953 pour Tant qu’il y aura des hommes« . Il chanta sur scène jusqu’à plus de 75 ans, seul ou en compagnie du « Rat pack » (Dean Martin, Sammy David Jr….).

Homme aux multiples conquêtes, Frank Sinatra a été marié à Nancy Barbato (1939-1949) – union dont sont issus ses enfants Nancy, Frank Jr et Tina -, puis Ava Gardner (1951-57), Mia Farrow (1966-68), et Barbara Marx (à partir de 1976).

Ce fils d’immigrants italiens, né le 12 décembre 1915 à Hoboken (New Jersey), a toujours nié entretenir des liens avec la mafia, y compris devant des juges. En 1981, il demande à pouvoir diriger un casino à Las Vegas, un droit qui lui avait été retiré en 1963 pour avoir aidé Salvatore « Momo Giancana », un des grands noms du milieu. Frank Sinatra obtient finalement sa licence, avec l’appui du président Ronald Reagan.

La carrière de Frank Sinatra est jalonnée de bagarres. En 1960, un gardien l’accuse de coups et blessures. Une altercation avec l’acteur John Wayne, à l’occasion d’un banquet offert au profit d’une oeuvre charitable, a aussi été relaté par les journaux. Quatre ans plus tard, les photographes français publient un communiqué annonçant d’emblée qu’ils ne souhaitent pas que « M. Sinatra fasse son numéro de ”gangster de charme” en prenant des journalistes pour cibles». Le 14 mai, Frank Sinatra meurt à Los Angeles, à 82 ans. À New York, l’Empire State Building est illuminé de bleu, en hommage aux yeux de « Ol’Blue Eyes ». Depuis Cannes, Martin Scorsese déclare que « les mots ne peuvent exprimer (sa) tristesse ». Ses obsèques ont lieu dans la seule église catholique de Beverly Hills, en présence de Nancy Reagan, Kirk Douglas, Bruce Springsteen…[1]


  • US Federal Census; Year: 1920; Census Place: Hoboken Ward 3, Hudson, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1042; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 82; Image: 492.
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1930; Census Place: Hoboken, Hudson, New Jersey; Roll: 1349; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0290; Image: 819.0; FHL microfilm: 2341084.

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There are supposed to be images in this biography, but they are not showing. They also appear to be using html instead of wiki coding for "center". I believe these issues need to be corrected.
posted by Melanie Paul
Hi there profile managers!

We plan on featuring Frank alongside Bing Crosby, the Example Profile of the Week, in the Connection finder on December 23rd. Between now and then is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards. We know it's short notice, so don't fret too much. Just do what you can. A Team member will check on the profile Tuesday and make changes as necessary.

Thanks! Abby

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann