Nancy Sinatra, First Wife of Frank Sinatra, Mom Of Nancy, Frank, JR And Tina, Dies at 101

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Nancy Sinatra Sr., the first of Frank Sinatra’s four wives and the mother of the legendary entertainer’s three children, has died. She was 101.  She died Friday, according to her daughter Nancy. “My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything,” she tweeted Friday. The cause and setting of the death was not given.

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Nancy Barbato met Sinatra, then a little-known jazz singer from Hoboken, N.J., in the summer of 1934 in Long Branch, N.J., and they were married on Feb. 4, 1939.

 

They moved into a tiny apartment in Jersey City, N.J. — her hometown — and a few months later the singer enjoyed a huge career boost when he cut his first record with famed trumpeter Harry James.

 

The Sinatras’ first two kids were each born in Jersey City: Nancy (“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ “) on June 8, 1940, and Frank Jr. on Jan. 10, 1944.

 

Later in 1944, the family moved west to Toluca Lake, Calif. —  their neighbors included Bob Hope and Bing Crosby — and daughter Tina was born on June 20, 1948.

 

The Sinatras separated in September 1950. Just days after their divorce was finalized, Frank married sultry actress Ava Gardner — who earlier had been married to actor Mickey Rooney and bandleader Artie Shaw — on Nov. 7, 1951.

 

 

In December 1963, the family endured a terrible ordeal when Frank Jr., then 19, was kidnapped from a hotel room in Lake Tahoe and held for a $240,000 ransom. He was released unharmed.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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