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

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

Frank Sinatra's first wife Nancy dies aged 101
Frank Sinatra's first wife Nancy dies aged 101

The news was posted on Twitter by Nancy Jr, famed for her song These Boots Were Made For Walkin’, early on Saturday morning.

Frank and Nancy met in 1934 at the New Jersey holiday resort of Long Branch when he was 19 and she was 17.

In September 1950 Nancy was granted a legal separation because of his mental cruelty and an affair with actress Ava Gardner, who he later married.

Nancy Jr is the eldest of the couple’s three children, followed by singer Frank Jr, who died in 2016, and actress Tina.

Nancy devoted herself to family and friends and withdrew from the showbusiness spotlight after her divorce from Sinatra.

As Nancy Barbato, she made two TV and film appearances, one in her daughter Nancy’s 1975 concert film, Nancy and Lee in Las Vegas, and in 1974 on her friend Dinah Shore’s talk show.

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


Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

LOS ANGELES – Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died.

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.

Nancy and Frank Sinatra had been dating as teenagers and married at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic church in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Feb. 4, 1939, just as Frank’s singing career was about to take off.

Nancy Sinatra left Frank after his affair with actress Ava Gardner became public knowledge.

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.

After the gossip over the divorce and Gardner marriage died down, Nancy Sinatra devoted herself to family and numerous celebrity friends, largely withdrawing from the spotlight.

In later years she would become known as Nancy Sr., especially after daughter Nancy became a 1960s singing star in her own right with “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and other hit songs.

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

LOS ANGELES – Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died.

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.

Nancy and Frank Sinatra had been dating as teenagers and married at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic church in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Feb. 4, 1939, just as Frank’s singing career was about to take off.

Nancy Sinatra left Frank after his affair with actress Ava Gardner became public knowledge.

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.

After the gossip over the divorce and Gardner marriage died down, Nancy Sinatra devoted herself to family and numerous celebrity friends, largely withdrawing from the spotlight.

In later years she would become known as Nancy Sr., especially after daughter Nancy became a 1960s singing star in her own right with “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and other hit songs.

1st wife of Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra Sr., dies at 101

1st wife of Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra Sr., dies at 101

LOS ANGELES – Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has died.

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.

Nancy and Frank Sinatra had been dating as teenagers and married at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic church in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Feb. 4, 1939, just as Frank’s singing career was about to take off.

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.

After the gossip over the divorce and Gardner marriage died down, Nancy Sinatra devoted herself to family and numerous celebrity friends, largely withdrawing from the spotlight.

She is credited, under the name Nancy Barbato, on the Internet Movie Database with just two TV and film appearances, in her daughter Nancy’s 1975 concert film, “Nancy and Lee in Las Vegas,” and in 1974 on her friend Dinah Shore’s talk show.

In later years she would become known as Nancy Sr., especially after daughter Nancy became a 1960s singing star in her own right with “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and other hit songs.

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Frank Sinatra’s first wife Nancy dies aged 101, daughter announces
Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101
Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101
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