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Frank Sinatra (born Francis Albert Sinatra, 12.12.1915, died 14.5.1998) Frank Sinatra was an American singer and actor, famous for being a part of the 'Rat Pack'.

Childhood: Frank Sinatra was born to Natalie Della and Anthony Sinatra, in Hoboken, New Jersey. His mother, known as Dolly, ran an illegal abortion business and was twice arrested for it. His father served with the Hoboken Fire Department.

As a teen, Sinatra worked as a delivery boy at the Jersey Observer newspaper. He also had a job as a riveter at the Tietjan and Lang shipyard. In the early 1930s, Frank Sinatra began singing in public.

Music and Movie Career: Frank Sinatra's break came in 1935, when his mother persuaded him to sing with The Three Flashes. When Sinatra joined, they became known as The Hoboken Four. They impressed Edward Bowes enough for him to let them appear on his show Major Bowes Amateur Hour.

In July 1939, Sinatra released his first record, 'From the Bottom of My Heart'. It sold less than 8,000 and is now a sought-after collectors' item. Sinatra then joined Tommy Dorsey's band, one of the most popular bands of the time. His first appearance with the band came in January 1940, at the Coronado Theater in Rockford. The contract that Sinatra signed with Dorsey allowed Dorsey one third of Sinatra's earnings for the whole of Sinatra's career, rendering their relationship a tenuous one. MCA records eventually bought Sinatra out of the contract.

Sinatra's first solo sessions without the Dorsey band were released on the Bluebird label in 1942.

Sinatra's first film appearance came in 1940 with the release of Las Vegas Nights.

During the 1942-3 musicians' recording strike, Frank Sinatra signed a deal with Columbia Records. He eventually recorded a session with Alec Wilder and seven of the tracks became hits.

In 1945, Frank Sinatra went on to co-star with Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh. The following year, he released his debut solo album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra. He retained his popularity for some time but by the end of 1948, Sinatra had slipped down Down Beat's annual poll of popular singers, behind Billy Eckstine, Frankie Lane and Bing Crosby. The following year, he teamed up with Gene Kelly twice more, in Take Me Out to the Ball Game and On the Town.

Frank Sinatra took a two-year break from performing. When he returned in 1950, he suffered from a hemorrhaging of his vocal cords at the Copacabana. However, the following year, he made his Las Vegas debut, at the Desert Inn.

His career enjoyed something of a rebirth in 1953 when he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in From Here To Eternity. The film also starred Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Cliff and Deborah Kerr. Throughout the 1950s, Sinatra worked with arrangers such as Billy May, Gordon Jenkins and Nelson Riddle, on some his most popular albums, Frank Sinatra Sings For Only the Lonely, Songs For Swingin' Lovers and Come Fly With Me. Sinatra was vocally critical of rock and roll in the 1950s. He was notable for his criticism of Elvis Presley, though he would later go on to record covers of songs made famous by Elvis, as well as the Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon.

Sinatra started the 1960s well, with the album Nice 'n' Easy topping the US album charts. He formed his own label, Reprise, and released their first album Ring-A-Ding-Ding. He also starred in Ocean's 11, the definitive movie moment for The Rat Pack (in this case: Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Frank Sinatra). The film was later re-made with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.

Sinatra also starred in The Manchurian Candidate, along with Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh. Quincy Jones (who later worked extensively with Michael Jackson) arranged the album It Might As Well Be Swing for Sinatra.

In 1967, 'Something Stupid', a duet between Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy Sinatra went to the top of the US Billboard charts. Later that year, he collaborated on Francis A. & Edward K. with Duke Ellington. Paul Anka wrote the song 'My Way' with Sinatra in mind and it became one of his signature tunes.

Despite having announced his retirement in 1971, Sinatra came out of retirement in 1973 to record Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back, an album and accompanying TV special.

1980 saw Sinatra release Trilogy: Past Present Future, a highly ambitious triple album, which was nominated for six Grammy awards. This was followed by She Shot Me Down: another success for the singer.

Sinatra's 75th birthday came in 1990. He celebrated with a national tour and performed with Ella Fitzgerald for the final time when he was awarded the 'Ella Award'. At the 1994 Grammy Awards, Bono of U2 presented him with his Legend Award.

To mark Sinatra's 80th birthday, the Empire State Building glowed blue.

Personal Life: Frank Sinatra married Nancy Barbato in 1939. They divorced in 1951. They had three children together, Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina.

He was married to Ava Gardner between 1951 and 1957. He then married Mia Farrow in 1966. They split two years later. His final wife was Barbara Marx, to whom he was still married at the time of his death.

Death: Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Mourners at his funeral included Liza Minnelli, Tony Curtis, Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson.



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Publicist Murray Weissman Dies At 90


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The veteran Hollywood publicist and awards show consultant passed away on Monday (29Dec15) at his home in Los Angeles, according to Variety.com.

Weissman began his career as a publicity executive with ABC and CBS television networks and also spent 10 years as chief of the motion picture publicity department for Universal Pictures.

In 1981, he founded his own marketing and publicity company and went on to form Weissman/Markovitz Communications with his son-in-law Rick Markovitz in 2006. Weissman worked on campaigns for TV shows and movies including Transparent, American Horror Story, Breaking Bad and The Big Short.

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Lady Gaga Dresses As Frank Sinatra For Tribute Show


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The Bad Romance star slicked back her hair to complete her masculine look for her performance at the Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert in Las Vegas on Wednesday (02Dec15).

Lady GaGa gave a rendition of Sinatra's ode to her hometown, New York, New York, during the star-studded gala show, which was held at the Wynn Las Vegas Encore Theater and hosted by funnyman Seth MACFarlane.

Usher kicked off the show with a performance of That's Life, and other stars who took to the stage included Las Vegas regular Celine Dion, who sang All the Way, and Alicia Keys, who belted out I've Got a Crush on You.

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Jerry O'connell Serenades Parker Posey


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The actress turned 47 on 8 November (15), and she celebrated with a belated bash at a live piano karaoke bar called Sid Gold's Request Room on Saturday (21Nov15).

Jerry was among the guests and he thrilled his old friend by taking the microphone and singing My Way in honour of the birthday girl.

"He got pretty into it; everyone was cheering for him," an onlooker tells the New York Daily News. "He... sounded on key to me."

Harry Connick, Jr. Starstruck After Meeting Frank Sinatra


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The Independence Day star froze when he saw Sinatra sitting in the front row at his 75th birthday tribute show in 1990, and stumbled over song lyrics.

"I didn't plan on actually meeting him, but I went onstage, and there was some of the greatest singers in the world at this event," he told late night host James Corden on Tuesday (17Nov15). "In fact Ella Fitzgerald was sitting backstage by herself and she was kind of rocking back and forth and I went up to her and I said, Ms. Fitzgerald, are you OK?' and she goes, 'Oh yes, I'm terribly nervous.' I'm thinking, 'You (sic) nervous!' So I sang my song, but I completely forgot the words because he was sitting (right in the front)."

Connick, Jr. caught up with Sinatra as he was leaving and attempted to explain himself, so the birthday boy would not think he was a hack, but the veteran crooner's response was not what he thought it would be.

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Frank Sinatra, Jr. Performing Live At Bergen Performing Arts Center

Frank Sinatra JR. - Frank Sinatra, Jr. performing live at Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood at Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, New Jersey, United States - Friday 13th November 2015

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Lady Gaga And Celine Dion Added To Frank Sinatra Tribute


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The ladies will join Zac Brown and Harry Connick, Jr. among other stars, at the Sinatra 100 - An All-Star Grammy Concert to be held at the Wynn Las Vegas on 2 December (15).

The tribute, which will also feature Sinatra's protege Tony Bennett, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys, will air in America four days later (06Dec15).

Thrilled to be part of the show, Celine Dion says, "I've been singing Frank Sinatra songs in my shows for many years. His voice has been such an inspiration for me and it will always be."

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Frank Sinatra 'Narrates' His Own Biopic


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Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All is "the definitive account of the life, music and career" of the late singer, told in his own words through "extensive archive interviews" and commentary from those closest to him.

The film features rarely seen footage of Sinatra's 1971 Retirement Concert in Los Angeles.

Director Alex Gibney, the man behind hit documentaries Steve Jobs: The Man in the MAChine, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, tells WENN the film's narrative is shaped by Sinatra's song choices for that concert, which he interprets as the singer's "personal guide through his own life".

Tom Jones Wants To Be A Hollywood Actor


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Tom Jones wants to be a movie star.

The 'Not Unusual' crooner turned 75 this year - but he has no plans to retire anytime soon as he's set out plans to appear on the big screen.

He told The Sun newspaper: ''The thing that I have always thought about is making a movie. I was offered a movie role once in a film called 'Wild Rovers', and I did this thing called 'King Of The Teds'.

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Tom Jones, Elvis & Frank Sinatra Considered Las Vegas Hotel Venture


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The Welshman has revealed Sinatra approached him about launching a major new venue, called Tiger Bay, in Sin City.

He tells BANG Showbiz, "Frank Sinatra asked me if I would be interested in building a hotel with him in Las Vegas. He said to me, 'Let's do it and then we can control them rather than them controlling us'."

"It came pretty close," Jones explains. "Frank and myself and Elvis Presley and some other people who were big names at the time we're going to do it. We almost got to it but it never occurred. We could have called it Tiger Bay, that would have been good.

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Tom Jones Almost Opened A Vegas Hotel With Sinatra And Presley


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Tom Jones ''came close'' to opening a hotel in Las Vegas with Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

The 75-year-old singer revealed that 'New York, New York' crooner Frank approached him about setting up their own establishment in Sin City with a group of other high profile entertainers and they even planned to call it Tiger Bay.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the Q Awards in London, he said: ''Frank Sinatra asked me if I would be interested in building a hotel with him in Las Vegas. He said to me, 'Let's do it and then we can control them rather than them controlling us.' It came pretty close, Frank and myself and Elvis Presley and some other people who were big names at the time we're going to do it. We almost got to it but it never occurred. We could have called it Tiger Bay, that would have been good.

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Marilyn Monroe Reportedly Rejected Frank Sinatra's Wedding Proposal


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Marilyn Monroe rejected Frank Sinatra's wedding proposal, a new biography about the singer claims.

The 'Come Fly With Me' crooner is believed to have asked the actress - who died of a drugs overdose, aged 36, in 1962 - for her hand in marriage in 1961, a year before her death, but she reportedly turned him down to get back together with her estranged husband Joe DiMaggio.

Sinatra's closest aide Jilly Rizzo told 'Sinatra: The Chairman' author James Kaplan: ''Yeah, Frank wanted to marry the broad. He asked her and she said no.''

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'Frank Sinatra' Press Night

Jack Pack - 'Frank Sinatra' press night held at the Palladium in London - Arrivals at The Palladium - London, United Kingdom - Monday 20th July 2015

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Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday Celebration

Kristen Rae Myers - Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday celebration held at Avalon at avalon - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th May 2015

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Signs Copies Of The New 'Sinatra: New York' Box Set At J&R Music World.

Frank Sinatra Jr and Frank Sinatra Tuesday 3rd November 2009 Signs copies of the new 'Sinatra: New York' Box Set at J&R Music World. New York City, USA

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Frank Sinatra

Date of birth

12th December, 1915

Date of death

14th May, 1998

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

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