Francis Albert Sinatra.
Francis Albert Sinatra.
Date of birth : December 12, 1915, Hoboken, New Jersey.
Date of death : May 14, 1998, Los Angeles, California.
Place of living : Coldwater Canyon, Palm Springs, California.
His house, an ultramodern building, was located next to the Tamarisk Country Club.
Actor and singer.
February 4, 1939, wedding with Nancy Barbato in Jersey City
His agent was Hank Sanicola.
He received an Academy Award for "
He received an Academy Award for "From Here to Eternity" (1953); his parts were welcomed by the critic : "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955), "Guys and Dolls" (1955), "High Society" (1956), "Pal Joey" (1957), "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), "The Detective" 1968).
During all this time he was also one of the artists whose records had the biggest success (he was Marilyn's favourite singer) and a regular of the Grammy Awards.
With Marilyn, they probably met at the beginning of the 50's, through Joe DiMaggio, Sinatra's big friend; but many biographers claim that they were introduced to each other on July 15, 1953 at the premiere of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" or at the Fox, end of 1953, while the studio was trying to convince Marilyn to play opposite Sinatra in "Pink Tights". This project arrived at the wrong time : Marilyn began to show independence and refused the projects that didn't suit her.
At that time, Sinatra often went to Spain to see Ava Gardner, with who he had a love affair :
The rumors of a love affair between them started at the end of 1954, just after that Marilyn had decided to divorce DiMaggio.
It was at that time that Sinatra helped DiMaggio who wanted to surprise Marilyn during the "Raid on the wrong door"; they didn't manage to trap Marilyn, but they ended in court (,,;), sued for libel (they fell out shortly after).
Picture with Kim Novak
After having moved in New York City in 1955, Marilyn celebrated the setting up of the Marilyn Monroe Productions, by taking her friends to see Sinatra singing at the Copacabana Club, where he performed.
After having married Arthur Miller and renegotiated her contract with the Fox, it was suggested to her to work with Sinatra on many movie projects, including "Some Came Running" (1958) and "Can-Can" (1960). Those projects didn't materialize. Sinatra ended the next collaboration because he hadn't get on with Billy Wilder for one of the masculine leading role in "Some Like it Hot".
In 1957 at a party with Dean Martin :
In 1958 at a party with Lauren Bacall :
In 1959 at the Cocoanut Grove inauguration, with Liza Minelli :
On August 13, 1960, at the premiere of his show at the Cal Neva Lodge :
OnJanuary 20, 1961, he attended the presidential investiture of John Kennedy, at the Washington Hilton :
With Robert Kennedy in 1961 :
In 1961 when Marilyn moved again in Los Angeles, she stayed for a short time at his home, while he was on tour in Europe.
Party at the Lawfords in 1961 :
Marilyn visited him at the studio where he was recording an album, in May 1961 :
At the Cal Neva Lodge in 1961 :
On June 7, 1961, party for Dean Martin's birthday, at the Sand's, Las Vegas :
In August 1961, on the Romanoff's yacht, Newport Beach, Ca :
Several times, she went to Las Vegas to see Sinatra and Dean Martin who performed there.
They talked about different movie projects : one about the Rat Pack, and the remake of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945), into a musical.
Beginning of 1962 Peter Lawford announced him that John Kennedy wouldn't stay at his home, because of his contacts with the Mafia. Since this time, Sinatra limited the contacts with Lawford : he refused to talk to him on phone, he eliminated him from his shows at the Sand's, Las Vegas, and from 2 movies they had to shoot.
Many biographers, including those who looked more specially into Marilyn's death circumstances, had a lot to say on Sinatra's relations with the Mafia and on the fact that, during Marilyn's last years, he acted as an intermediary to the gangsters who were longing to sort the Kennedys out.Marilyn would have spent her last week-end with Sinatra at the Cal Neva Lodge (whose owners, in addition to Sinatra, were Milton Rudin and Sam Giancana).
Sinatra's biographer, J.Randy Taraborrelli, reproduced the allegations according to which Sinatra thought about marry Marilyn shortly before her death, so that the people "leave her alone and leave her breathing" so that she could relax. It was also Lena Pepitone's opinion.
But at that time, Sinatra dated the South-American dancer Juliet Prowse, with who he later got engaged
Those would-be wedding plans seems in
contradiction with the assertions of other biographers, according to
which Marilyn planned to remarry DiMaggio.
When Marilyn's body was discovered, some Sinatra's records were on the record player. DiMaggio banned Sinatra, and also all Marilyn's Hollywood friends, to attend the funeral.
In 1962, he shot an advert with Dean Martin and Peter Lawford, "Sargeants Three" :
In 1964, he organized a party in the honor of the composer Irving Berlin, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel :
In 1965, Frank Sinatra left his prints on Hollywood Boulevard :
On July 19, 1966, he married the actress Mia Farrow :
In 1974, at Kirk Douglas home, Palm Springs :
In 1984 : in court :
"Sinatra, the Untold Story". Michael Munn. Londres, 2002.
"His way". Kitty Kelley. Editions Presses de la Cité, 1986.