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Barbara Sinatra

1927 - 2017
Barbara Sinatra (Mario Suriani / AP)
Barbara Sinatra, a former model and showgirl who was the fourth and last wife of singer Frank Sinatra, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017, according to multiple news sources. She was 90.

Frank Sinatra preceded her in death nearly 20 years ago. The couple married July 11, 1976. They remained married until his death May 14, 1998. It was the singer’s longest-lasting marriage.

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The former Barbara Marx Blakeley was born March 10, 1927, in Bosworth, Missouri.

In 1986, the couple founded the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage, California, a nonprofit organization that provides individual and group therapy for young victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

She wrote a book about her life with the entertainer titled “Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank.” In the book, she recalled one of her visits to Frank Sinatra’s home in Palm Springs, California. At the time, she was married to Zeppo Marx, one of the Marx Brothers and a neighbor of the singer. During a game of charades, she was the timekeeper. When Sinatra’s time was up, he grew angry, grabbed the clock from her hands, and threw it against a door.

In a 2011 interview with Andrew Goldman for The New York Times Magazine, Sinatra was asked whether the clock incident gave her pause in getting involved with the star.

“I never felt danger around him. He was always very much a gentleman, and he really cared about treating me well,” she told the writer.

Sinatra is survived by her son, Robert O. Marx; his wife, Hillary; and their daughter, Carina.

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