Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank

Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank

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by Barbara Sinatra

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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,


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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Editorial Reviews

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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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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Lady Blue Eyes 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
gramJS More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
hingham26 More than 1 year ago
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.
CarolynSS More than 1 year ago
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.
pretty-bird More than 1 year ago
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!
Linda Castleberry More than 1 year ago
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.
jqTN More than 1 year ago
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.
Carolyn Geving More than 1 year ago
Loved this book I believe much was left unsaid still very enjoyable,
BrittC More than 1 year ago
Ol' Blue Eyes would be proud. I enjoyed Barbara's stories of their life together. I highly recommend this book. May his legacy continue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells so many things about Sinatra that I never knew. I was not aware of his wonderful generosity. Barbara Sinatra gives much insight into the man she loved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like I wasted my time reading this book. So many stories about jewelry and parties. Did enjoy reading about her charities. His disturbing behavior must have been hard for her.
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she earned it the hard way married to a ego violent alcoholic and lucky she didnt get a STD
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Thought it was very intresting wondered why nothing about Sinatras daughters they were a part of his life to
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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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