Frank Sinatra's first wife Nancy dies aged 101, daughter announces

Lewis Collier
July 15, 2018

Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., tweeted that her mother died Friday and a posting on her web page said she died at 6:02 p.m. but didn't indicate where she died.

She later added: 'Godspeed, Momma and thank you for everything you did for us and for the world, ' alongside a fitting tribute, a link to Frank's hit She's Funny That Way.

Born Nancy Barbato of Jersey City, New Jersey, she and Frank Sinatra started dating as teenagers, and the pair married five years later.

Nancy Sinatra Sr. married Frank Sinatra Sr., then an aspiring lounge singer, in 1939.

Frank Sinatra's fourth wife Barbara died a year ago aged 90.

Nancy Sinatra Sr. ended their marriage in 1951 when Frank Sinatra's affair with actress Ava Gardner became public. Nancy Sinatra worked as a secretary while her husband tried to get his music career started as a singing waiter at a local restaurant.

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Nancy Sinatra has just posted a short time ago on the Sinatra family website sad news that her beloved mother Nancy Barbato Sinatra, has passed away at the age of 101. He Wednesday actress Ava Gardner days later; it would not be his last union.

Legendary singer Frank Sinatra died in 1998 of a heart attack at the age of 82.

Nancy, who never remarried, later became known as Nancy Sr after daughter Nancy became a 1960s singing star in her own right.

The couple remained together for 11 years before separating in 1950.

"Nancy was giving herself a manicure on the front porch when Frank came over with his ukulele and began to serenade her", according to an account on Sinatra's website.

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

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