On today in 1998, the legendary singer, actor and show-business icon Frank Sinatra dies of a coronary attack in Los Angeles, at age 82.
Sinatra emerged from an Italian-American family in Hoboken, New Jersey, to end up being the first modern superstar of popular music, having an entertainment career that spanned a lot more than five decades. In the initial incarnation of his singing career, he was a master of the romantic ballads popular during World War II. After his appeal begun to wane in the late 1940s, Sinatra reinvented himself as a suave swinger with a rougher, world-weary singing style, and began a magnificent comeback in the 1950s.
In addition to his great musical success, Sinatra appeared in 58 films; one of is own earliest was Anchors Aweigh (1945). Playing a cocky Italian-American soldier who meets a violent death in From Here to Eternity (1953), co-starring Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift, Sinatra won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His film career flourished from then on, as he starred as Nathan Detroit in the movie musical Guys and Dolls (1955) and played a heroin addict in The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), that he was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor. He also starred in the musicals High Society (1956) and Pal Joey (1957) and turned in a memorable performance being an Army investigator in the acclaimed film The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
By the late 1950s, Sinatra had end up being the epitome of show-business success and glamorous, rough-edged masculinity. He even headed up their own entourage, referred to as the Rat Pack, including Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. The group had originally formed around Humphrey Bogart, who died in 1957. The Rat Pack first appeared together on the silver screen in 1960’s casino caper Ocean’s Eleven. They would continue to create Sergeant’s Three (1962), Four for Texas (1963) and Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964). Onscreen and in true to life, the Pack’s famous stomping grounds included Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York (notably the Copacabana Club).
Sinatra worked steadily in film through the entire 1960s, though a lot of his performances seemed perfunctory almost. His last major Hollywood role came in 1980’s The First Deadly Sin. A famous heartthrob, Sinatra married four times, divorcing his longtime sweetheart Nancy Barbato following a decade and three children (Nancy, Frank Jr. and Christina) to marry the actress Ava Gardner in 1951. Their marriage lasted significantly less than 2 yrs, and in 1966 Sinatra married the 21-year-old actress Mia Farrow, 30 years his junior; these were divorced in 1968. In 1976, he married Barbara Blakely Marx (the former wife of Zeppo Marx), plus they remained until his death together.