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Thirty years after she first heard his voice singing on the jukebox at her local drive-in, Barbara Ann Blakely heard Frank Sinatra take the wedding vows that began his fourth, final, and most enduring marriage.
 
In Lady Blue Eyes, Barbara Sinatra’s first public love letter to the husband she adored, she celebrates the sensational singer, possessive mate, sexy heartthrob, and devoted friend that she found in Frank.  For more than two ...
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Thirty years after she first heard his voice singing on the jukebox at her local drive-in, Barbara Ann Blakely heard Frank Sinatra take the wedding vows that began his fourth, final, and most enduring marriage.
 
In Lady Blue Eyes, Barbara Sinatra’s first public love letter to the husband she adored, she celebrates the sensational singer, possessive mate, sexy heartthrob, and devoted friend that she found in Frank.  For more than two decades, Barbara was always by his side, traveling the globe and hosting glittering events for their famous friends, including presidents, kings, queens, Hollywood royalty, and musical legends.  Among them were Sammy Davis, Jr., Princess Grace of Monaco, Bob Dylan, and Ronald Reagan.  Each night, as Frank publicly wooed his bride with love songs from a concert stage, she’d fall in love with him all over again.
 
From her own humble beginnings in a small town in Missouri to her time as a fashion model and her marriage to Zeppo Marx, Barbara Sinatra reveals a life lived with passion, conviction, and grace.  A founder of the Miss Universe pageant and a onetime Vegas showgirl, she raised her only son almost single-handedly in often dire circumstances until, after five years of tempestuous courtship, she and Frank committed to each other wholeheartedly.  In stories that leap off the page, she takes us behind the scenes of her iconic husband’s legendary career and paints an intimate portrait of a man who was variously generous, jealous, witty, and wicked.  Coupled with revealing insights about many of Frank’s celebrated songs, this is much more than the story of a showbiz marriage. 
 
It is a story of passion and of a deep and lifelong love.

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Three women preceded Barbara Marx as Frank Sinatra's wives, but those three failed marriages totaled fewer years than his one successful union, which ended only with the death of the legendary singer/actor in 1998. Lady Blue Eyes, Mrs. Sinatra's long-awaited memoir relives not only the eventful magic of their 22-year marriage, but also the fascinating story of her own rise from small-town Midwestern girl to Las Vegas showgirl; to her first marriage with Marx Brother Zeppo; to her candid takes on their numerous celebrity and politician friends. A moving double portrait.

Library Journal
Barbara Sinatra, the fourth and final wife of Frank Sinatra, offers a heartfelt and moving memoir. She starts with her small-town Missouri youth; modeling career; stint as a Vegas showgirl; first marriage to a wealthy gambler, Zeppo Marx; and growing infatuation with her neighbor Frank Sinatra, whom she married in 1976 and lived with until his death in 1998. Relating her interactions at countless dinner parties, tennis matches, and golf outings, the author captures the personalities of such insiders as Gregory Peck, Spiro Agnew, Dean Martin, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. She casts Frank as a loving, volatile, generous, and obsessive creative genius who surrounded himself with a coterie of understanding and compliant friends to shield him from the constant pressures of his iconic status. VERDICT Though shedding little new light on Frank Sinatra musically, this memoir ably captures the character of the singer and provides an enjoyable romp through pop culture of the 1950s–80s. It complements the autobiographies of Sinatra's daughters, Nancy (Frank Sinatra, My Father, o.p.) and Tina (My Father's Daughter).—Dave Szatmary. Univ. of Washington, Seattle
Kirkus Reviews

Glamorous days and nights in a privileged bubble with the Chairman of the Board.

Sinatra's memoir begins engagingly, as the former Barbara Ann Blakeley recalls her hardscrabble Midwestern childhood, her early modeling career in California and her showgirl days in Vegas, where she first encountered Frank and his Rat Pack. The author details her bumpy marriage to Zeppo Marx, who introduced her to the leisurely life in Palm Springs, where Frank was a neighbor. Flirtation with the singer, then in the midst of a brief early-'70s "retirement," turned into an affair after an assignation in Monaco, depicted here with admirable honesty. Unfortunately, after recounting Frank's ardent courtship, her divorce from Marx and a protracted march to the altar (finally triggered by Barbara's ultimatum) in 1976, the book turns breathless and the prose gets mauve. The author drops big names by the dozen, recalling an endless whirl of globetrotting concert appearances, charity events, lavish dinners and late-night hijinks. She also catalogs every glittering Cartier bauble the singer ever purchased for her. Though she considers Frank's hot temper, pugnacity and oft-boorish behavior, the author dutifully soft-pedals his worst transgressions and sidesteps the sensational elements. Sinatra's dealings with mobsters are foisted off on his late pal Jilly Rizzo, while the shadowy connections of fixer Sidney Korshak are left unmentioned. However, the author is unable to resist a dig at former First Lady Nancy Reagan, whose relationship with Sinatra was much whispered about. After a couple hundred pages of rapturous encomia, the book gains some force in the late going as Sinatra's increasing infirmity and death in 1998 are poignantly delineated. Ultimately, readers learn little about the complex inner workings of the driven, very private entertainer.

A sometimes diverting and funny yet unsatisfying book about what it was like to be, in the writer's words, "the luckiest girl alive."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307382344
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 643,301
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Sinatra
Barbara Ann Sinatra was Frank Sinatra's wife and steadfast companion for more than twenty years. She is the founder of the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, and she devotes much of her personal and professional energy to numerous philanthropies. A proud mother and grandmother, Barbara lives in California.
 
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue: A Very Good Year 1

1 The House I Live In 7

2 New York, New York 25

3 Luck Be a Lady 43

4 All or Nothing at All 59

5 Fly Me to the Moon 77

6 Angel Eyes 101

7 Where the Air Is Rarefied 123

8 The Tender Trap 143

9 Love and Marriage 165

10 You Make Me Feel So Young 183

11 Come Rain or Come Shine 209

12 I Get a Kick Out of You 235

13 What Now My Love 255

14 Body and Soul 279

15 That's Life 299

16 Stormy Weather 321

17 You Will Be My Music 339

18 Put Your Dreams Away 353

Epilogue: The Best Is Yet to Come 373

Index 377

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    OKAY - not great

    The first part of this book was really good. It was personal about her early years and then Barbara met Frank. I found her a big bragger. That's all she talked about was how much jewelry she owned, her travels, restaurants and how much they owned together. It wasn't personal enough for me. She didn't get into the nitty-gritty of Frank. In her eyes he walked on water. I got tired of Barbara always talking about ME ME ME ME ME. The book was okay for me. Not great.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Me me

    All about her baubles,andwhat Frank could do forher.I think she was a gold digger, and made sure she got itall after Frank died. Read his daugter Tinas book tells alot more. Didnot like her reference to Mrs. Reagan.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    A Name Dropping Book

    I absolutely adored Frank Sinatra-that's why I bought the book.
    Barbara Sinatra did not impress me. She is so full of herself
    and name dropping on about every page. Frank Sinatra deserved
    better than this. She was a gold digger and not very likable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    An enjoyabe read!

    It took me back in time listening to good music, and remembering my parents being part of this era. Enjoying life, great movies, style, leading fashion, and fascinating people.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    shallow and name-dropping...

    Glossed over Sinatra's life and rarely a negative word living with a volatile entertainers numerous public displays of anger. Noticed a few references to his son, Frank Jr. but nothing about his daughters. Found it shallow and name-dropping--just another gold-digger who hit the jackpot.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Best written book I've read lately.

    I love to read every genre and I've been more than a little disturbed by the shoddy writing and editing I've seen lately. This book was well written, I didn't find it filled with grammatical or spelling errors. As for the content, I'm not sure what the other readers were looking to find, but I found this a very enjoyable book. I am not a Sinatra fan, I don't dislike him, but he was quite a bit before my generation. I felt that Barbara Sinatra painted a picture of HER life in the United States at different stages. The famous people, the real estate, the possessions, etc... were an integral part of who she was at those points in her life. The book is written so that I felt her joy, fear, grief and all the other emotions. The reader can understand what she does, why she does it and why it matters to her. I found her devotion to her husband a wonderful change from all the other celebrity biographies in which the purpose is to bring others down or point fingers and say "Its not my fault that I'm a jerk, its someone else's. See what misery they put me through." I hate those writers. I found Barbara's book warm and loving, a lovely tribute to Frank and to Barbara.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Somewhat interesting!

    Read "OKAY - Not Great"'s review and that is EXACTLY what I thought of this book. It was only somewhat interesting. All about ME, ME.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Fun to read

    Loved this book I believe much was left unsaid still very enjoyable,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Highly recommended and very entertaining. Could not put the book down. Found their life together very fascinating. They dined and jet-setted with royalty as well as their own close friends who friendships Frank cherished. I am surprised there was no mention of his children except a couple of small notes written about Frank Jr. There was no mention of his children or grandchildren visiting him at his home. I found it interesting how Frank could get an annulment of his first marriage in the Catholic church so he could marry Barbara in the Catholic church. How could he deny that he had children with his first wife. Just goes to show what money can buy.
    Barbara seemed to put up with a lot of Frank's moodiness and unusual ways, but I guess you can do that if the generous gifts of jewelry keep coming your way.
    But I will say in his defense that he was very generous with gifts of money to many charities and causes and anyone whom he felt was having a financial problem, that he seen fit to make it his problem and intercede on their behalf. RIP Blue eyes!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    A Lovely Memior!

    Ol' Blue Eyes would be proud. I enjoyed Barbara's stories of their life together. I highly recommend this book. May his legacy continue!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Intresting book

    Thought it was very intresting wondered why nothing about Sinatras daughters they were a part of his life to

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    Posted July 9, 2012

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    We will post audition results at 9:30 Pm EDT TODAY ONLY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Enjoyed immensely

    I found this book to be a wonderful read. Love the old Hollywood stories. I read this book in a couple of days.....couldnt put it down.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Really great

    Very enjoying

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2011

    Good read

    I loved this book..really brings you back to the Old Hollywood days.

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