Frank Sinatra’s love life is the stuff of Hollywood tabloid legend. But how many women got to walk down the aisle with ‘Ol Blue Eyes?
In total, Sinatra was wed four times:
Nancy Barbato – 1939 Until 1951
His first was his 1939 marriage to Nancy Barbato which ended in divorce in 1951 with Sinatra admitting he had numerous affairs. The couple married before Sinatra had become a star and while he was working as a lifeguard in Long Branch, New Jersey.
Barbato is the mother of all of Sinatra’s children, Nancy, born in 1940, Frank Junior, born in 1944, and Tina, born in 1948. In 1946, amid tabloid rumor of Frank’s infidelity, Barbato had an affair.
The marriage finally ended in 1950 with their divorce following in 1951. The final straw had been Frank’s affair with Hollywood starlet, Ava Gardner.
Ava Gardner – 1951 Until 1957
Following their affair, Gardner became Frank’s second wife in 1951. The marriage seemed to destined to fail with Gardner filing for divorce as early as 1954. By then, Gardner had begun seeing matador Luis Miguel Dominguín.
Despite the divorce and their tumultuous marriage, Gardner and Frank remained friends.
Mia Farrow – 1966 Until 1968
Arguably Frank’s most notorious marriage came in 1966 when he wed 21-year-old actress Mia Farrow. At the time, Frank was 50. The relationship lasted until 1968 when they were divorced in Mexico. Like Gardner, it was known that Frank and Farrow remained close until his death in 1998.
In 2013, Farrow speculated that Frank might be the father to her son, Ronan, who was born in 1987.
Barbara Marx – 1976 Until 1998 (His Death)
Frank’s final marriage came in 1976 when he married Barbara Marx in Rancho Mirage, California. This one stuck and the pair remained married until his death in 1998.
Nancy Sinatra said that her relationship with Marx was never good. The Sinatra children accused Marx of not telling them when their father was dying.
The Desert Sun reported on July 25 that Marx had died at age 90 following months of declining health.