47 Facts About Frank Sinatra

1. Frank Sinatra continues to be seen as one of the icons of the 20th century, and has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in film and music.

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2. Frank Sinatra was buried in a blue business suit with mementos from family members—cherry-flavored Life Savers, Tootsie Rolls, a bottle of Jack Daniel's, a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Zippo lighter, stuffed toys, a dog biscuit, and a roll of dimes that he always carried—next to his parents in section B-8 of Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.

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3. Frank Sinatra died with his wife at his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on May 14, 1998, aged 82, after a heart attack.

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4. Frank Sinatra played a major role in the desegregation of Nevada hotels and casinos in the 1950s and 1960s.

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5. From his youth, Frank Sinatra displayed sympathy for African Americans and worked both publicly and privately all his life to help the struggle for equal rights.

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6. Frank Sinatra arranged Reagan's Presidential gala, as he had done for Kennedy 20 years previously.

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7. Frank Sinatra often invited Kennedy to Hollywood and Las Vegas, and the two would womanize and enjoy parties together.

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8. In November 1945 Frank Sinatra was invited by the mayor of Gary, Indiana, to try to settle a strike by white students of Froebel High School against the "Pro-Negro" policies of the new principal.

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9. Frank Sinatra denied Mafia involvement, declaring, "Any report that I fraternized with goons or racketeers is a vicious lie".

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10. Frank Sinatra became the stereotype of the "tough working-class Italian American", something which he embraced.

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11. In contrast, Frank Sinatra was known for his generosity, particularly after his comeback.

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12. Frank Sinatra was married to Hollywood actress Ava Gardner from 1951 to 1957.

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13. Frank Sinatra had numerous extramarital affairs, and gossip magazines published details of affairs with women including Marilyn Maxwell, Lana Turner, and Joi Lansing.

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14. Frank Sinatra had met Barbato in Long Branch, New Jersey in the late 1930s, where he spent most of the summer working as a lifeguard.

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15. In 1977, Frank Sinatra starred as a detective in Contract on Cherry Street, cited as his "one starring role in a dramatic television film".

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16. In 1970, Frank Sinatra starred opposite George Kennedy in the western Dirty Dingus Magee, an "abysmal" affair according to Santopietro, which was panned by the critics.

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17. In 1962, Frank Sinatra had a leading role opposite Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate, which he considered to be the role he was most excited about and the high point of his film career.

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18. In 1956 Frank Sinatra featured alongside Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in High Society for MGM, earning a reported $250,000 for the picture.

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19. Frank Sinatra made his film debut in 1941, performing in an uncredited sequence in Las Vegas Nights, singing "I'll Never Smile Again" with Tommy Dorsey's Pied Pipers.

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20. Frank Sinatra attempted to pursue an acting career in Hollywood in the early 1940s.

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21. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Frank Sinatra insisted upon direct input regarding arrangements and tempos for his recordings.

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22. Frank Sinatra was an aficionado of classical music, and would often request classical strains in his music, inspired by composers such as Puccini and Impressionist masters.

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23. In 1990, Frank Sinatra was awarded the second "Ella Award" by the Los Angeles-based Society of Singers, and performed for a final time with Ella Fitzgerald at the award ceremony.

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24. On June 6, 1988, Frank Sinatra made his last recordings with Reprise for an album which was not released.

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25. In 1986, Frank Sinatra collapsed on stage while performing in Atlantic City and was hospitalized for diverticulitis, which left him looking frail.

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26. On September 21, 1983, Frank Sinatra filed a $2million court case against Kitty Kelley, suing her in punitive damages, before her unofficial biography, His Way, was even published.

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27. Frank Sinatra was selected as one of the five recipients of the 1983 Kennedy Center Honors, alongside Katherine Dunham, James Stewart, Elia Kazan, and Virgil Thomson.

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28. Frank Sinatra continued to perform at Caesars Palace in the late 1970s, and was performing there in January 1977 when his mother Dolly died in a plane crash on the way to see him.

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29. In 1973, Frank Sinatra came out of his short-lived retirement with a television special and album.

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30. Frank Sinatra obliged and chose to sing "My Kind of Town" for the rally held in Chicago on October 20, 1972.

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31. In 1970, Frank Sinatra released Watertown, a critically acclaimed concept album, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Jake Holmes.

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32. Frank Sinatra released the album The World We Knew, which features a chart-topping duet of "Somethin' Stupid" with daughter Nancy.

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33. Frank Sinatra started 1967 with a series of recording sessions with Antonio Carlos Jobim.

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34. Frank Sinatra was backed by the Count Basie Orchestra, with Quincy Jones conducting.

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35. Frank Sinatra embarked on his first tour of Australia the same year.

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36. On March 13, 1953, Frank Sinatra met with Capitol Records vice president Alan Livingston and signed a seven-year recording contract.

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37. Frank Sinatra would fly to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in Van Heusen's single-engine plane.

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38. Toward the end of the war, Frank Sinatra entertained the troops during several successful overseas USO tours with comedian Phil Silvers.

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39. Frank Sinatra persuaded Stordahl to leave Dorsey with him and become his personal arranger, offering him $650 a month, five times the salary of Dorsey.

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40. Frank Sinatra copied Dorsey's mannerisms and traits, becoming a demanding perfectionist like him, even adopting his hobby of toy trains.

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41. Frank Sinatra became increasingly frustrated with the status of the Harry James band, feeling that he was not achieving the major success and acclaim he was looking for.

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42. In 1938, Frank Sinatra found employment as a singing waiter at a roadhouse called "The Rustic Cabin" in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, for which he was paid $15 a week.

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43. In New York, Frank Sinatra found jobs singing for his supper or for cigarettes.

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44. Frank Sinatra developed an interest in music, particularly big band jazz, at a young age.

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45. Frank Sinatra forged a highly successful career as a film actor.

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46. Frank Sinatra left Capitol in 1960 to start his own record label, Reprise Records, and released a string of successful albums.

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47. Frank Sinatra found success as a solo artist after he signed with Columbia Records in 1943, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers".

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