Living with the rich and famous

Written By Lingkar Dunia on Sunday, May 29, 2011 | 11:39 PM

It's a wonder to me that anyone even remembers Frank Sinatra -- "Old Blue Eyes." 

When I was a student I used to make money by ushering at a local movie theatre that specialized in old movies.  Frank Sinatra featured in some of them ... but I don't really remember the plot.  But he could sing and dance, and was generally charming, so I guess he was hot in his day.

Apparently, he still has an audience. Douglass K. Daniel reviews a memoir by his widow, Barbara Sinatra, called Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank (Crown Archetype), that is probably expected to do quite well.

She was born Barbara Blakeley, and had a lust for the wild side. A twice-married model and showgirl, she met Sinatra when he was in his fifties.  She fell for him.  An affair commenced, along with all the glitz and glamor -- and demons.

Sinatra, apparently, had a hair-trigger temper. It was part of his "dangerous" charm. One gets the impression that it paid to be happy to submit to his every whim.

She smoked -- he didn't like it -- she quit (though he never gave up, himself).

When he was drunk, she got out of the way.



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