Frank Sinatra’s Childhood Sweetheart Passes AwayLamar Green - July 14, 2018 19 0 COMMENTS
Frank Sinatra’s childhood sweetheart and the first of his four wives has passed away. She was 101-years-old.
Nancy Sr. has three children with Frank Sinatra. According to her daughter, Nancy Jr., she died at around 6:02 p.m. She, however, did not indicate where her mother died.
“She was a blessing and the light of my life,” her daughter said.
My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything.
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) July 14, 2018
Nancy and Frank Sinatra had been dating as teenagers and married at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Feb. 4, 1939, just as Frank’s singing career was about to take off.
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.
Nancy Sinatra left Frank after his 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.
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.
“There is no bitterness, only great respect and affection between Sinatra and his first wife,” Gay Talese wrote in 1966, “and he has long been welcome in her home and has even been known to wander in at odd hours, stoke the fire, lie on the sofa, and fall asleep.”
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