The first wife of Frank Sinatra and the mother of the late crooner’s three children, Nancy Sinatra Sr. died Friday. She was 101.
Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., wrote on Twitter that her mother “passed away peacefully.” A post on her webpage said her mother died at 6:02 p.m., but didn’t indicate where she died or give her cause of death, Fox News reports.
“She was a blessing and the light of my life,” Nancy Sinatra Jr. wrote. “Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything.”
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
— Dave (@dave911rsr) July 14, 2018
Nancy Barbato and Frank Sinatra met as teenagers in the summer of 1934 in Long Branch, N.J., and were married at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City, N.J., on Feb. 4, 1939, during the Depression. Nancy was from Jersey City while Frank was from neighboring Hoboken.
Nancy and Frank lived their early years together in a small Jersey City apartment, so poor they returned to their jobs as a secretary and singing waiter just days after marrying, according to the New York Times.
It was also where their two eldest children were born: Nancy Jr. on June 8, 1940, and Frank Jr. on Jan. 10, 1944, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The family relocated to California in 1944 after Frank became a pop-music sensation. It was also where their third child, Tina, was born.
The 1940s saw Frank’s star rise, as a singer and movie star, but also as a notorious Hollywood womanizer. After an extramarital affair with actress Ava Gardner became public, Nancy left her husband.
The couple divorced in 1951. Weeks later Frank married Gardner, while Nancy went on to raise their three children.
Nancy Sinatra Sr. outlived both her ex-husband and her son, singer Frank Jr., who died in 2016, age 72.
She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Sinatra Jr., a singer known for her song “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” and other hits, and Tina, a film producer and memoirist.
Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends.
Rest in peace young lady. Godspeed.