Nancy Sinatra, 1st Wife of Frank Sinatra, Dead at 101

Bessie Dean
July 15, 2018

Nancy Sinatra, the teenage sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his children, has died.

She wrote: "My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101".

Nancy Sinatra Senior has died aged 101, it's been confirmed.

Nancy and Frank Sinatra began dating as teenagers before marrying at a church in Jersey City, New Jersey, on February 4, 1939, reports the Associated Press.

When Sinatra eventually became a huge success at the beginning of the 1940's, they went on to move to Los Angeles, where he became a movie star and a famous ladies' man.

Just days after the singer and Nancy signed their divorce papers, Frank Sinatra married Gardner.

"One thing led to another, and they started going together".

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Attempts to reach representatives for Nancy Sinatra Jr. late Friday were unsuccessful.

Nancy Sinatra never remarried and lived a quiet life in Beverly Hills, California, focusing on charity work, the newspaper said.

Their marriage ended in the 1950s after his affair with actress Ava Gardner made headlines. Weeks after the pair's divorce became final in 1951, Sinatra's ex-husband married Gardner, while Sinatra went on to raise the couple's three children: Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina.

Superstar and Hollywood icon Frank passed away in 1998, and the couple's son Frank Jr. died in 2016.

She largely withdrew from the spotlight following the divorce, although is credited under her maiden name of Nancy Barbato as of appearing in her daughter Nancy's 1975 concert film Nancy and Lee in Las Vegas and a guest spot on Dinah Shore's talk show in 1974.

Gay Talese, in 1966, wrote there was "no bitterness", and instead, only "great respect and affection" between Frank and Nancy.

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