Tuesday, July 12, 2011

7/12 Larry Manetti Talks with Barbara Marx Sinatra

Thirty years after she first heard his voice singing on the jukebox at her local drive-in, Barbara Ann Blakely heard Frank Sinatra take the wedding vows that began his fourth, final, and most enduring marriage.

Her new book, Lady Blue Eyes, is Barbara Sinatra’s first public love letter to the husband she adored, she celebrates the sensational singer, possessive mate, sexy heartthrob, and devoted friend that she found in Frank. For more than two decades, Barbara was always by his side, traveling the globe and hosting glittering events for their famous friends, including presidents, kings, queens, Hollywood royalty, and musical legends. Among them were Sammy Davis, Jr., Princess Grace of Monaco, Bob Dylan, and Ronald Reagan. Each night, as Frank publicly wooed his bride with love songs from a concert stage, she’d fall in love with him all over again.

From her own humble beginnings in a small town in Missouri to her time as a fashion model and her marriage to Zeppo Marx, Barbara Sinatra reveals a life lived with passion, conviction, and grace. A founder of the Miss Universe pageant and a onetime Vegas showgirl, she raised her only son almost single-handedly in often dire circumstances until, after five years of tempestuous courtship, she and Frank committed to each other wholeheartedly. In stories that leap off the page, she takes us behind the scenes of her iconic husband’s legendary career and paints an intimate portrait of a man who was variously generous, jealous, witty, and wicked. Coupled with revealing insights about many of Frank’s celebrated songs, this is much more than the story of a showbiz marriage.

It is a story of passion and of a deep and lifelong love.
BARBARA ANN SINATRA was Frank Sinatra's wife and steadfast companion for more than twenty years. A proud mother and grandmother, Barbara lives in California.

Some Interesting Trivia About Barbara Marx. Sinatra:

Started out as a Las Vegas showgirl.

One-time sister-in-law of Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Gummo Marx, and Groucho Marx.

One-time daughter-in-law of Sam Marx.

Stepmother of Nancy Sinatra, Tina Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Jr.

Founder of the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center in Rancho Mirage, California in 1986, with her husband Frank Sinatra. The center is next door to the Betty Ford Center on the campus of Eisenhower Medical Center. The not-for-profit facility provides individual and group therapy for young victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Was portrayed by Melanie Griffith in The Night We Called It a Day (2003).

1 comment:

  1. I like Sinatra's class and style on stage , which I hate to say, did not followed him offstage . He seemed like a friendly guy , but he did have a chip on his shoulders. That's what I love about Dean Martin , he never boasted of mafia connections like Sinatra did. I knew them both , I used to frequent Dean's restaurant in Santa Monica ,Ca. It must had been hell when he was in a bad mood being his wife . By the way Larry, how's Bob ? I heard he's had a tough brake , but he's tough enough to take it . Please tell him I miss him on t.v. , my name is Jess DeCristo, you can find me at my page in sodahead.com , God bless.