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Frank Sinatra

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra

Full Name: Francis Albert Sinatra
Profession: Singer and Actor

United States of America

Biography: Frank Sinatra first came to fame as a idol for bobbysoxers in the 1940s.

Sinatra also had a career in film, before his break-through role in 'From Here to Eternity' for which he won an Oscar for best supporting actor. He went on to star in films such as 'Man with the Golden Arm', 'Guys and Dolls' and 'Oceans Eleven'.

He started Reprise Records in 1961 and continued to record successful albums with such hits as 'Strangers in the Night', 'Somethin' Stupid' and 'My Way'.

Sinatra performed and recorded into his 1980s and became one of the best selling recording artists ever.

Born: December 12, 1915
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: May 14, 1998 (aged 82)

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Married Life

  • 1939-02-04 American singer Frank Sinatra (23) marries 1st wife Nancy Barbato (21) at Our Lady of Sorrows catholic church in Jersey City, New Jersey; divorce in 1951
  • 1951-10-29 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 1st wife Nancy (Barbato) divorce due to infidelity after 12 years of marriage
  • 1951-11-07 American entertainer Frank Sinatra (34) marries 2nd wife American film star Ava Gardner (26); divorce in 1957
  • 1957-07-05 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and movie star Ava Gardner divorce after 6 years of marriage
  • 1966-07-19 American saloon singer Frank Sinatra (50) marries American actress Mia Farrow (21) at the Las Vegas, Nevada home of casino executive Jack Entratter; divorce in 1968
  • 1968-08-16 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage
  • 1976-07-11 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra (60) marries 4th wife Barbara Marx (45)

Historical Events

  • 1939-07-13 Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut, with The Harry James Orchestra, singing "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "Melancholy Mood"
  • 1940-02-02 Frank Sinatra performs at the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana, his first as featured singer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
  • 1941-02-07 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"
  • 1943-02-06 Singer Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's "Your Hit Parade"
  • 1943-12-31 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater
  • 1949-12-08 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released
  • 1951-03-27 Frank Sinatra records "I'm a Fool to Want You"
  • 1953-08-05 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)
  • 1956-07-17 MGM releases film "High Society", a musical re-working of "The Philadelphia Story" set in Newport, Rhode Island; starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, with songs by Cole Porter
  • 1960-12-19 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records ("Ring-A-Ding-Ding")
  • 1961-02-13 Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records
  • 1962-10-24 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released
  • 1966-03-15 8th Grammy Awards: "Taste of Honey", Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra & Barbra Streisand win
  • 1966-04-11 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts
  • 1966-07-23 Frank Sinatra's album "Strangers In The Night" hits #1 on the US charts, (Grammy for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance)
  • 1967-03-02 9th Grammy Awards: "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra wins best record, "Michele" by The Beatles best song
  • 1968-12-30 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"
  • 1980-01-26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1980-06-14 Theme From NY, NY by Frank Sinatra hits #32
  • 1983-10-27 Larry Flynt pays hitman $1M to kill Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione, Walter Annenberg, and Frank Sinatra; Flynt's business manager immediately stops payment; Flynt claims he was just joking
  • 1997-01-09 Heart attacks sends singer Frank Sinatra back to hospital

Quotes by Frank Sinatra

  • "Fear is the enemy of logic."