Nancy Sinatra Sr, first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

Nancy Barbato and Frank Sinatra were high school sweethearts.

Nancy Sinatra Sr., the first of Frank Sinatra's four wives and mother of his three children, has died.

"My mother passed away peacefully tonight", her daughter, also named Nancy Sinatra, tweeted Friday night.

Nancy Sinatra Sr. married Frank Sinatra Sr., then an aspiring lounge singer, in 1939.

She later added: 'Godspeed, Momma and thank you for everything you did for us and for the world, ' alongside a fitting tribute, a link to Frank's hit She's Funny That Way. Frank who passed away on May 14, 1998, from all accounts, took care of Nancy after their divorce for the remainder of her life.


Though her husband would remarry three more times, Nancy, a staunch catholic, never remarried.

After Sinatra became a pop-music sensation in the 1940s, the couple moved to Los Angeles, where the singer would also become a movie star, raconteur, man about town and notorious womanizer.

All three of Frank's children Nancy, JR., Frank and Tina were born of the marriage between Frank and Nancy, SR.

However, in September, 1950, Nancy was granted a legal separation because of his mental cruelty.

"There is no bitterness, only great respect and affection between Sinatra and his first wife", Gay Talese wrote in 1966.

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