Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, NJ in 1915. Nicknamed “the Voice”, he was one of the greatest singers in American pop history and the first modern pop superstar. For millions of fans, his rise from modest Italian-American roots was a symbol of triumph for the ethnic everyman.
During his 50 years in show business, Sinatra appeared in over 50 films, won an Academy Award as best supporting actor for his role in From Here to Eternity (1953), recorded numerous hit songs and gave countless performances in nightclubs, concert halls and sports arenas.
Regarded as the ideal 1950’s man due to his charming playboy persona, this blue-eyed boy next door took the world by storm, raising vocalized swing music to a new level. When his career took a downward spin in the late 1940’s – so did his marriage to first wife Nancy Barbato and after a brief two year marriage to movie star Ava Gardner, Sinatra made a stunning career comeback in 1953 and re-emerged as a coarser, jazzier version of himself.
Sinatra was known for using his influence to support political candidates including John F. Kennedy. Though he oversaw Kennedy’s inaugural gala in Washington in 1961, Sinatra eventually changed his tune by the 1970’s when he became a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon and later, Ronald Reagan. His shift in loyalty away from Kennedy happened when
Kennedy cancelled a weekend trip to Sinatra’s house after learning the entertainer played host to Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana and his associates.
Sinatra gave his last concert on Feb. 25, 1995 and died in 1998 at the age of 82 survived by his fourth wife Barbara Marx and three children.