On this day 96 years ago, one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, notable movie icons, and music legends was born. Let’s take a look back at the life of Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra and some of his memorable works.
American singer and film actor Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 to Italian immigrant parents in Hoboken, New Jersey. The young Sinatra took mundane jobs for a living, working as a newspaper delivery boy and later as a shipyard riveter. However, he took interest in music and liked listening to big band jazz. Although he never had the chance to have proper education for reading music, he managed to learn music by ear, and it was all he needed to start a professional singing career. He got his first break in 1935 when his mother convinced a local group of singers to let him join in 1935.
The young Sinatra also had a brush with controversy in 1938 when he was arrested for having a relationship with an older woman, which was a criminal offense at the time. If you’re curious and would like to know more about this brush with infamy, you might want to read about it on From Famous to Infamous: Frank Sinatra's Mug Shot.
By the early 1940s, Sinatra reached the peak of his career, ranking alongside the most popular male singers in the Billboard and magazines. Although he recorded music for adults, he also became appealing towards teenage girls. His popularity lead to the term “Sinatramania,” one of its highlights being the singer’s so-called “legendary opening” at the Paramount Theater in New York. Two years later, when Sinatra returned to the Paramount, 35,000 fans were nearly driven to a riot outside the venue when they were denied entrance. Although it was only in March 1946 that he released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, the so-called “Ol’ Blue Eyes” went on to release nearly 60 studio albums and 297 singles throughout his five-decade career.
Aside from enjoying a successful musical career, Sinatra was also able to establish a notable film career. Among his best known movies include The Manchurian Candidate, The Man With the Golden Arm, High Society, Never So Few, Ocean’s Eleven, and many others.
Sinatra exhibited signs of dementia in his final years and suffered a heart attack in February 1997, after which he no longer made public appearances. He passed away on May 14, 1998 after another heart attack. His wife Barbara beside him encouraged him to fight, to which he replied with his final words: “I’m losing.” The singer-actor was 82.
Now, as we greet let’s take a look at some more photos of Frank Sinatra, including some stills from his movies with some equally memorable Hollywood stars:
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All information for this article were taken from Frank Sinatra on Wikipedia