Nancy Sinatra Sr dead at 101: Frank Sinatra's first wife passes away

Calvin Saunders
July 15, 2018

Nancy Sinatra Sr, the teenage sweetheart and first wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra, has died.

Nancy is survived by her two daughters, Nancy and Tina; her son, Frank Sinatra Jr., passed away in 2016 at the age of 72.

Her daughter called her "a blessing and the light of my life".

In 1950 Nancy Senior was granted a legal separation because of Frank's mental cruelty - she claimed the superstar went away for weekends by himself, and he had a string of extra marital affairs.

She born as Nancy Barbato on March 25, 1917 and met Frank in 1934 at the New Jersey holiday resort of Long Branch.

After he became a pop-music sensation in the 1940s, the couple moved to Los Angeles, where the singer would also become a movie star, raconteur and notorious womaniser.

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They were divorced in 1951, just weeks before he married Ava.

Frank went on to marry actress Mia Farrow and former showgirl Barbara Marx. As part of their divorce settlement, Nancy got a percentage of her husband's income, their home, custody of their children and a Cadillac; said to have remained on friendly terms with her ex-husband, she also never remarried, devoting her time to her family. She and Frank had been married for 22 years at the time of his passing in 1998.

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.

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

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

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