Nancy Sinatra Senior, Frank’s first wife among four, as well as the mother of his three children, died at the age of 101. Nancy Sinatra Junior, Frank and Nancy Senior’s daughter, tweeted on Friday that her mother died at 6:02 pm.
Right around the same time as Frank was becoming a national celebrity in the United States, 1939, Frank and Nancy got married at Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, on the 4th of February.
When they first tied the knot, the couple lived in a small apartment in Jersey City, where their two oldest children were born. Nancy worked as a secretary while Frank worked as both a singer and a waiter.
RIP to Nancy Barbato Sinatra (1917-2018), the first wife of legendary performer Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), who has passed away at the age of 101 ????. The mother of Sinatra’s 3 children, 2 of whom survive her, she was married to Sinatra from 1939 until 1951. Prayers for her friends and family ????. #nancybarbato #nancysinatra #nancysinatrasr #nancybarbatosinatra #rip #gonebutneverforgotten #gonebutnotforgotten #oldhollywood #classichollywood #vintagehollywood #franksinatra
When Sinatra eventually became a huge success at the beginning of the 1940’s, they went on to move to Los Angeles, where he became a movie star and a famous ladies’ man.
Following his relationship with Ava Gardner, Nancy and Frank split up, and their divorce became official in 1951. Frank married Gardner, while Nancy went on to raise their children, Nancy, Frank Junior, and Tina.
Nancy, for the most part, avoided the spotlight and chose to instead dedicate her life to her children. She ended up outliving her son, who died in 2016, as well as Frank, who died in 1998.
My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything. ??
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) July 14, 2018
In the 1960’s, Nancy became known as Nancy Senior, due to the success of Nancy Junior’s singing career, particularly the song, “These Boots Are Made For Walking.”
As for her relationship with the legendary crooner, Nancy and Frank ended up getting along amicably. Frank frequently requested food from her, foods she was known for being an expert at preparing, including Italian dishes.
Gay Talese, in 1966, wrote there was “no bitterness,” and instead, only “great respect and affection” between Frank and Nancy. Since then, the Sinatra name has since gone down in history as one of the most culturally significant titles in American culture.