Frank Sinatra’s First Wife, Nancy Sr., Has Died At 101

Sinatra was Frank Sinatra's first wife and was the mother to three of the singer's children: Nancy Jr., Frank Jr. and Tina.

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

Nancy Sinatra Sr was born as Nancy Barbato on 25 March 1917.

Sinatra, then Nancy Barbato, met Frank Sinatra in summer of 1934 in Long Branch, N.J. and they were married roughly five years later, on February 4, 1939 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic church in Jersey City, N.J. Before Sinatra's singing career took off, the couple lived in an apartment in Jersey City.

Sadly, the marriage eventually crumbled as Nancy filed for a legal separation on the grounds of his mental cruelty amid reports that he embarked on another affair, this time with Hollywood icon, Ava Gardner, and they were divorced by 1951.

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

Nancy raised their three children, Nancy, Frank and Tina.

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She never remarried, and devoted her life to charity and her family, her daughter said.

That latter accomplishment led Sinatra to leave him after an affair with actress Ava Gardner became public knowledge.

Her death comes two decades after her husband's, who died of a heart attack in 1998 at age 82.

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.

Nancy Sinatra Sr is predeceased by her son, singer Frank Jr, who died in 2016 at the age of 72.

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

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