March 25, when he was nineteen, and they were married on February 4, , in Jersey City, New Jersey , Barbato's home town. These affairs also became public knowledge and caused great embarrassment to Nancy Barbato Sinatra, who considered calling off their marriage then and had an abortion when she became pregnant in Nancy Barbato Sinatra and Frank Sinatra announced their separation on Valentine's Day , February 14, , with Frank's additional extra-marital affair with Ava Gardner compounding his transgressions and becoming public knowledge once again.
After originally just seeking a legal separation , Frank and Nancy Sinatra decided some months later to file for divorce, and this divorce became legally final on October 29, Frank Sinatra's affair and relationship with Gardner had become more and more serious, and she later became his second wife.
Sinatra later expressed regrets at having married Nancy saying "What I had mistaken for love," he ruefully stated later, "was only the warm friendship Nancy had brought me. Ava Gardner[ edit ] Ava Gardner , Sinatra's wife from to Kitty Kelley claims that Sinatra had first seen photographs of Ava Gardner in a magazine and had sworn that he would marry her.
Ruth Rosenthal, a friend of Gardner's, stated that Gardner initially detested him upon meeting him at MGM, finding him to be "conceited, arrogant and overpowering". Their similarities, however, from vices like smoking, drinking hard liquor and cursing, to their volatile tempers and love of violent sports, soon became apparent.
He was inconsolable in the fall of after the split, and according to Kelley, on November 18, Van Heusen found him in the elevator of his 57th Street apartment with his wrists slashed. At the time, Sinatra was enjoying a wave of renewed popularity as the song " Strangers in the Night " returned him to the top of the Billboard charts only seventeen days later.
They met on the set of Sinatra's film, Von Ryan's Express. She remained his wife until his death, although her relations with Sinatra's children were consistently portrayed as stormy, something Nancy Sinatra confirmed when she publicly claimed that Barbara had not bothered to call Frank's children even when the end was near, although they were close by, and the children missed the opportunity to be at their father's bedside when he died.
The first was in , when Garland was recovering from a nervous breakdown and the two went on a romantic rendezvous in the Hamptons Garland was still married to director Vincente Minnelli.
The second was during one of Garland's many separations from her third husband Sid Luft in Sinatra had just come off his messy separation from Ava Gardner and was spotted in Garland's company until Luft found out. According to Kelley, her husband Humphrey Bogart believed that Sinatra was in love with Bacall and failed to attend the Sands on Bacall's 32nd birthday out of jealousy, though the two men were on good terms. The two first met on the set of the film Can-Can. Children[ edit ] Sinatra had three children with his first wife, Nancy Barbato: Although Sinatra did not remain faithful to his wife, he was by many accounts a devoted father.
On December 8, , Frank Sinatra, Jr. Because the kidnappers demanded that Sinatra call them only from pay phones , Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout the ordeal, and this became a lifetime habit.
The kidnappers were subsequently apprehended and convicted. She legally changed her last name to Sinatra in This guy can really sing". He received negative press for fights with Lee Mortimer in , photographer Eddie Schisser in Houston in , and Judy Garland's publicist Jim Byron in , whom he reportedly referred to as a "fucking parasite".
Cobb nearly died from a heart attack in June , Sinatra flooded him with "books, flowers, delicacies", paid his hospital bills, and visited him daily, telling him that his finest acting was yet to come. He died as a practicing Catholic and had a Catholic burial. He commented that he would "probably have ended in a life of crime" if it had not been for his interest in music.
However, Peter Lawford had said that Sinatra only referred to them as the "boys" or "the Outfit", rather than the "Mafia". She also claimed that Silvers had told her that "like Bugsy, Frank had a Mafia Redneck mentality", with their shared love of high-living and grandiose plans in Las Vegas.
The documents include accounts of Sinatra as the target of death threats and extortion schemes. They wiretapped Giancana's conversations, and found that Giancana no longer trusted Sinatra after he had been spotted with Kennedy. According to Kelley, Giancana blamed Sinatra for the ordeal. He vehemently declared that "any report that I fraternised with goons or racketeers is a vicious lie".
He believed that as he was the best, he had to give his best to the audience, and would wear expensive custom-tailored tuxedos on stage as a sign of respect and to look important.