Los Angeles, Nancy Sinatra Sr, the childhood
sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and
the mother of his three children, has died. She was 101.
Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr, tweeted that her mother died.
She was a blessing and the light of my life, her daughter said.
Nancy and Frank Sinatra had been dating married in Jersey City,
New Jersey, on 4 February 1939, just as Frank’s singing career was
about to take off. Three years before marrying the then Nancy Barbato,
he had landed a 15-minute radio show on local station WAAT.
During the marriage’s early years, the Sinatras lived in a modest
apartment in Jersey City, where their two eldest children were born. For
a time she was employed as a secretary while her husband worked as
a singing waiter.
After Sinatra became a pop-music sensation in the 1940s, the
couple moved to Los Angeles, where the singer would also become a
movie star, raconteur, man about town and notorious womanizer.
That latter accomplishment led Sinatra to leave him after an affair
with actress Ava Gardner became public knowledge. Weeks after the
pair’s divorce became final in 1951, Sinatra’s ex-husband married
Gardner while Sinatra went on to raise the couple’s three children:
Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina.
After the gossip over the divorce and Gardner marriage died
down, Nancy Sinatra devoted herself to family and numerous celebrity
friends, largely withdrawing from the spotlight. She not only outlived
her husband, who died in 1998, but her son, who died in 2016.
She is credited, under the name Nancy Barbato, on the Internet
Movie Database with just two TV and film appearances, in her daughter
Nancy’s 1975 concert film, Nancy and Lee in Las Vegas, and in 1974
on her friend Dinah Shore’s talk show, the British Guardian newspaper
Source: Oman News Agency