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Frank Sinatra is a cult singer in American history. During his 60-year career, the performer has gone from a child from New Jersey to a popular singer, successful actor and chairman of the board of directors.
Sinatra became his own in the world of movie stars, communicated with presidents and became famous for his felt hat. The most interesting and little-known facts from the biography of Frank Sinatra will be discussed.
Arrest for seduction and adultery. It turns out that at one time Sinatra even went to prison. It happened in November 1938, when a 23-year-old guy was arrested in Bergen County, New Jersey. He was charged with seduction, which in the 1930s threatened with serious consequences. Sinatra was caught having sex with a certain woman of good reputation. As a result, the charge was dropped, and Frank himself was released. But on December 22, he was again sent to prison. It turned out that Sinatra's mistress was married, which made it possible to supplement the accusation with adultery. The guy spent about 16 hours in prison, after which the officials decided to finally release him. Naturally, the singer himself tried not to advertise this story.
Potential king of the action genre. While Sinatra did not sit in the recording studios, he starred in films with might and main. The most famous of them are "From Now and Forever" and "The Man with a Golden Hand". But Sinatra's name could be mentioned as an action classic, along with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor demonstrated his fighting potential in the film "The Manchurian Candidate". In this thriller, Sinatra took part in a battle with elements of martial arts, where his opponent was Henry Silva. This scene is iconic, in fact, it is the first karate fight in American cinema. Spencer Tracy used a similar martial art in Bad Day at Black Rock. But technically it was not a full-fledged fight, because the opponent did not know karate.
Thanks to The Manchurian Candidate, Sinatra has become a famous movie hero. During the fight scene, his character accidentally hits the table with his hand. Sinatra got into the role so much that he even broke his little finger. And this injury bothered him all his life, preventing him from starring in Dirty Harry. Initially, Warner Bros. considered Sinatra's candidacy for this role, eventually giving it to Clint Eastwood. The thing is that the very injury to the finger did not give the actor the opportunity to easily handle the Magnum pistol. But Sinatra had another chance to become an action hero. In 1988 the film Die Hard was released. It was based on the novel by Roderick Thorpe, which tells the story of the aging police officer Joe Lelland. But in 1966, Sinatra actually played this man in the movie "Detective". When 20th Century Fox decided to direct the film, the studio asked Sinatra if he wanted to play the shrewd John McClane. Luckily for movie buffs and Bruce Willis fans, the star said no.
The man behind Scooby-Doo. After his epic appearance in 1969, Scooby-Doo has become one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time. He became a participant in films, television programs, souvenirs were excellently sold with him. But who remembers that all this took place thanks to Frank Sinatra? The famous Great Dane was originally just a minor character in The Mystic Five. It was dedicated to five teenagers who traveled, playing music, and along the way, exploring mysteries involving otherworldly forces. The dog's character was planned to be made cowardly, he had to travel everywhere in a hat and sunglasses. But the producers of CBS were worried that the cartoon turned out to be too scary for children. Clouds began to gather over the painting "Hanna-Barbera", but it was Sinatra who saved the situation. During the flight to Los Angeles, the head of the CBS children's programming studio, Fred Silverman, listened to the singer's song "Strangers in the Night." Towards the end of the song, Sinatra began to improvise, singing meaningless phrases like "Dubi-Dubi-Doo." And then it dawned on the producer, he decided to name the dog Scooby-Doo and make him the main character of the show. Silverman hastily returned to the company's headquarters and immediately began to implement his new idea.
Frank Sinatra vs. Marlon Brando. Sinatra had many star friends, but he never loved Marlon Brando. In fact, these two actors were ready to eat each other. The rivalry began during the filming of Boys and Dolls in 1955. From the very beginning, the relationship between the actors did not work out. Sinatra immediately showed his resentment, claiming that he should have got the role of Terry Malloy in the movie "At the Port". It was for her that Brando received his first Oscar. Worse was the fact that Brando got the romantic lead role in the musical, while Sinatra got the comic side role. The angry singer decided to teach a lesson to a competitor. That is why, when Brando asked for vocal lessons, Sinatra coldly replied that he did not want to help "this shit", having in the form of the acting style of a rival. When it came to Brando, Sinatra called the most overrated actor in the world, nicknamed "mutter". Instead of playing a funny guy, Sinatra went out of his way in front of the camera to outshine Brando. Frank played a pop singer when he just had to sing. But Brando did not think to turn the other cheek. During the most difficult scene, he might just go for a nap. Knowing that Sinatra hated taking takes, Marlon deliberately fired wrong. And during the scene where Sinatra's character ate a piece of cheesecake, Brando constantly forgot his words, forcing his opponent to gorge himself on dessert. On the ninth slice of the pie, Sinatra lost patience, dropped the plate, stuck his fork in the table and yelled, "How many cheesecakes do you think I can eat?"
Kennedy and Mafia connections. Frank Sinatra's connections to the mafia are arguably the worst thing in the history of music. Despite all the singer's denials, everyone knew that he was in contact with the most influential persons of the criminal world. Frank has appeared in photographs with Carlos Gambino and is said to have brought women to Jonna Kennedy and Sam Giancana (the Chicago mob). Sinatra became the inspiration for Johnny Fontaine, the crooner from The Godfather. But was Sinatra a gangster? Or did he just enjoy hanging out with tough guys? In any case, he was involved in some dark deeds that have affected the most powerful people in the country. For example, Sinatra once acted as an intermediary between the Kennedy clan and the Chicago mafia. This happened in 1960, when John F. Kennedy became the Democratic nominee for President. His father decided to secretly influence the course of the elections. Joseph Kennedy decided to turn to Sam Giancana for help, as he had certain leverage. But direct communication could turn into a scandal. That is why Sinatra was brought in as an intermediary. Frank was on friendly terms with John, agreeing to act as a liaison. Sinatra is said to have put in a word to the mafiosi and Giancana provided the votes needed to win. But when Kennedy entered the White House, his brother, who became Attorney General, declared war on the Mafia. 283 prominent criminals were convicted in 1963 alone. Giancana was not pleased, but Kennedy could not put the horse's head in bed. It was decided to punish Sinatra, albeit not very severely. The singer's daughter recalls that he had to give two concerts for eight days at Giancana's personal club, in the Villa Venice.
FBI classified files. It's no secret that Edgar Hoover initiated the opening of a personal file on Frank Sinatra at the FBI. The head of the federal department had every reason to hate the singer. He corrupted the youth of America and fought for civil rights. After the death of the singer, his personal file was declassified. Surprisingly, the FBI managed to collect not so much. Of course, the case was 15 centimeters thick and contained 1,300 pages, but despite numerous testimonies, the bureau had little real compromising evidence. Having looked through all the records, one could find an investigation about the singer's social circle, his medical records. There is also a receipt by which Sinatra agreed to be an FBI informant. But there is a rather strange part of the case, which attracts attention in the first place. In a letter dated August 13, 1943, an anonymous informant warned Edgar Hoover of Sinatra's unusual voice. The letter says that while listening to the singer's program, high-pitched squeals were noted, created, presumably, by female fans. The author of the letter, clearly paranoid, argued that these desperate cries of allegiance were proof of mass hysteria and the creation of the cult of another Hitler in America. Vigilant Edgar Hoover took note of this assessment and opened a 40-year investigation against a man with a passionate admirer.
The kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. The singer's son really wanted to be like his father. In pursuit of his fame, 19-year-old Frank Jr. began performing at venues across the country, barely finishing his studies in Nevada. On December 8, 1963, the aspiring singer was in his hotel room when there was a knock on the door. Frank opened, expecting to see delivery couriers. However, instead of the false messengers, they grabbed the singer, threw him into the trunk of a car and drove away from the scene of the abduction. These bandits were Barry Keenan and Joseph Amsler. Initially, they planned to kidnap the sons of Bing Crosby or Bob Hope, but in the end they turned their attention to Sinatra Jr. The kidnappers believed that he was more balanced and would not panic. Keenan and Amsler were not the most adventurous criminals, forgetting to take money for gas with them. They borrowed a few dollars from their victim and, after refueling, headed towards Los Angeles. The information about the abduction quickly became known to the authorities. Frank Sr. was immediately offered their services and power in the person of Robert Kennedy, and the mafia, in the person of Sam Giancana. And the singer decided to contact the FBI. While at the Renault Hotel, Sinatra received a phone call from a third attacker, John Irwin. The singer, desperate to save his son, was ready to offer a ransom of a million dollars. Fortunately, the criminals weren't greedy. They only needed $ 240,000. After receiving instructions from the FBI, Sinatra carried out the ransom. Within a few hours, his son was at large. A few days later, John Irwin's conscience woke up, he confessed and surrendered his accomplices. The kidnappers were arrested, the money was returned to his father. The criminals were sentenced to harsh terms, but they got out ahead of schedule, going crazy. And Sinatra himself bought a gold watch for all the FBI agents who helped him save his son. When they said that they could not accept such expensive gifts, the singer bought another copy personally for Edgar Hoover. This fixed the problem.
Sinatra and DiMaggio's Wrong Door. Frank Sinatra was the modern Don Juan, dating some of Hollywood's most desirable women. His wives were such beauties as Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow, but the most legendary partner was, without a doubt, Marilyn Monroe. The couple's relationship has been pretty weird all along. The two became lovers after Marilyn broke up with playwright Arthur Miller, and Sinatra even introduced the sexy blonde to John F. Kennedy. But the strangest moment in their friendship was the "Wrong Door" scandal, involving baseball star Joe DiMaggio. It happened in 1954 when Monroe was married to an athlete. But by that time, their relationship began to deteriorate. Sinatra dined with DiMaggio in a Hollywood restaurant one November night. Then the singer was called to the phone. A private detective called who was following the actress. He accompanied her to an apartment building, believing that she was meeting her lover there. The angry husband ran out of the restaurant with Sinatra without even paying the bill. But it was not so scary, because the head waiter went with them, wanting to help. A crazy crowd rushed into the apartment complex and knocked down the door. There were witnesses with cameras who wanted to capture the betrayal of Marilyn Monroe. However, after turning on the light, the crowd found a terrified woman named Florenc Kotz. It turned out that in the hustle and bustle of the men broke into the wrong room. Embarrassed, the group of "guardians of morality" withdrew and dissipated. And Marilyn was in another room, having come to visit her friend. Ms Kotz sued a group of jealous people, winning $ 7,500. And DiMaggio could not contain his jealousy and the marriage fell apart. In the end, he took offense at Sinatra, blaming him and Kennedy for Marilyn's death. Closer to his death, the legendary athlete forbade the mention of Sinatra's name in his presence.
Civil rights activist. Nine years before the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education, Frobel High School in Gary, Indiana, admitted 200 African American students. Not all white children were happy to study together with blacks. About a thousand angry teenagers gathered and began to protest, threatening to miss lessons. And then Frank Sinatra appeared. Earlier that year, he starred in the musical drama Home I Live. This film was a kind of lecture that Sinatra taught to a group of young men. The singer tried to convey to them that all Americans are equal, regardless of race or religion. The emotions from participation in the project were still fresh in Sinatra's memory, and he went to the Frobel school. There he spoke to all the students, explaining to them the unacceptability of racism. And before leaving, Sinatra took a promise from the students to remain tolerant and even sang the main song from the movie "The House I Live In". It sounded: "Children in the playground, faces that I see, all races and religions, this is what America is to me." This was neither the first nor the last time the singer has advocated for civil rights. In an era of rampant racism, Sinatra enjoyed performing with black performers such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. Sinatra never performed at venues where black access was prohibited, he did not stay in hotels if his African American friends were forbidden there. Once Sinatra brought singer Lena Horn to a club for whites, and then he performed in support of Martin Luther King. True, once the performer allowed himself racist jokes about Sammy Davis Jr. right on stage. Nevertheless, Frank can be considered a real fighter for the rights of blacks at a time when most of the performers were too scared and did not challenge society. Sinatra once said: “As long as the majority of white people consider blacks second-rate, we have a problem. I don't know why we can't change that. "
Sinatra hated "My Way". The song "My Way" was one of the most iconic songs for Frank Sinatra. The original song was written by French composer Jacques Revo. And then Paul Anka wrote the English text especially for Frank Sinatra.He was just about to retire in 1969, and he needed a song that would be a great final chord of his work. But the singer could not stay away from the stage. He returned to delight his listeners for another 25 years. However, upon his return, Sinatra was surprised to find that everyone wanted to hear "My way" from him. She had already become a kind of visiting card of the singer, the audience did not allow him to finish his performances without a hit about a life lived without regret. The song became part of the world's musical heritage, and everyone began to perform it, not just Sinatra. "My Way" was sung by Sid Vicious, The Three Tenors and even Gonzo the Great. In 2005, this song was performed more often at British funerals than any other. And in the Philippines, karaoke fans took it so seriously that poor performance sometimes ended in murder. And the funny thing was that Sinatra himself absolutely hated this song. And every time, speaking in front of his audience, the singer announced his attitude towards her. During a concert at Caesar's Palace, he told the crowd, “I hate this song. You have been singing it for eight years, so you should have gotten tired of it too. " And when Sinatra performed at the Amphitheater (a hall in Los Angeles), he said: "The time will come and this moment will be painful for you, but not for me." His most famous comment on "My Way" was at Carnegie Hall, when the singer claimed that the song was written by 18-year-old Frenchman Jacques Strappe. Sinatra was very annoyed that he had to sing this song at every concert. Some have argued that he really hated the song, and not just disliked it. Sinatra seemed like a world guy and the center of all life, but some of his friends claimed that he was quite humble. He was not one to sing about his own greatness in front of a crowd of fans. Sinatra would rather talk about loving others than loving yourself. However, fans demanded that he perform "My Way" without fail.