Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Speaking of Italian Americans.

Frank Sinatra was the only child of Italian Immigrants. He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. His father was Anthony Sinatra, a New York fireman of Sicilian origin, and his mother was Natalie Garavanta. Sinatra's parents had both emigrated from mainland Italy to America in the 1890's. His mother had political connections with the democratic party in Hoboken.

He made a handful of movies with his friends Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. The three actors-performers were well known as "The Rat Pack".

Frank was also known for his stormy love life. His first marriage was to Nancy Barbato, with whom he had 3 children, Nancy, Frank Sinatra Jr, and Christina. That marriage ended when he had an affair with Ava Gardner. She became his 2nd wife when he married her in 1951. They split up in 1953. He then had a romance with Lauren Bacall. His next wife Mia Farrow was some 30 years younger then him. They were divorced 2 years later. Finally in 1976 he married his last wife Barbara Marx who remained with him until the day he died.

Frank's public life became rumored with allegations that he had associations with organized crime and the Mafia. During the 1940s he visited Havana with the Fischetti family who were known mobsters. Sinatra was also friends with Sam Giancana, a Mafioso with associations to the Kennedy family. Despite J Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI, suspecting Sinatra of Mafia involvement, nothing was ever proved against him. The character named Johnny Fontaine in "The Godfather" was also believed to be based on Frank Sinatra and his mafia connections.

I have always been a huge fan of Frank Sinatra and thought the following song of Frank's may also be of particular interest to our followers.

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