July 14, 2018

First wife of Frank Sinatra dead at the age of 101

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Nancy Sinatra Sr., the first wife of legendary showman Frank Sinatra, with whom she had three children, has passed away at 101 years old.

Nancy Barbato, as she was called before marrying the superstar, drew her last breath on Friday, July 13, 2018. So far, the cause and setting of the death are yet to be learned.

The news of her passing was given by her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., who took to her Twitter account to let her friends, fans and followers know that she had lost her sweet mother.

Nancy's daughter described her as a 'blessing' and considered her the light of her life before thanking her for everything she ever did for her. The tweet was short but direct and affectionate.

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The late 101-year-old met Sinatra in the summer of 1934. At the time, he wasn't the big name that he turned out to be, only a little-known singer from Hoboken, New Jersey.

They started talking and ended up tying the knot on February 4, 1939. With little money, the newlyweds moved into a small apartment in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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After months of being married, Sinatra was lucky enough to strike a deal with Harry James, the famed trumpeter, which provided his career with a powerful boost.

In the next few years, Nancy would give birth to their first two children: Nancy Jr, who is most famous for singing These Boots Are Made For Walking, in 1940 and Frank Jr. in 1944.

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Months after Frank's birth, the couple moved to Toluca Lake, in California, where their youngest child, Tina, was born in 1948.

The couple eventually separated in 1950, and, just ten days after the break-up, Sinatra married Ava Gardner, who was one of the biggest names in Hollywood at the time.

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Still, the famous musician would still care for his family. According to Tina's book, My Father's Daughter: A Memoir, even though his career was faltering and money was running dry, he still used it to help his ex-wife and children.

After Gardner, Sinatra went on to marry Mia Farrow in 1966 and Barbara Marx in 1976, but Nancy never remarried, holding on to the picture of the happy marriage that she once had.

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