Frank Sinatra Facts

5.)  His birth was a traumatic birth.

Frank Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in an apartment in the town of Hoboken, New Jersey, Francis Albert Sinatra was turning blue and wasn’t breathing when he was pulled out of his mother’s womb with pliers. He was about to be confirmed dead when the infant was laid on the kitchen counter while the doctor went to aid to his mother. His grandmother picked him up, she decided to stick him under some cold water from the sink, and little baby Frank Sinatra wailed out his first medley.

4.) Those Pliers Caused Some Damage

Those pliers most certainly left their signature on the left side of Sinatra’s face, in the shape of a scar that ran across the corner of his mouth to his jaw line along with a cauliflower ear. When he was a teenager, his nickname was “Scarface.” He also had a petty bad case of teenage acne, which left him with pitted cheeks. Insecure about how he looked as an adult, Sinatra often applied some makeup to conceal the scars. But even with that, he never liked to be photographed on his left side. The physical embarrassments didn’t end there: Sinatra also would wear elevator shoes to enlarge his five-foot-seven calibur.

3.) Suicide

Sinatra’s stardom plummeted hard in the early 1950s. He was so irrelevant that he even tried to commit suicide. One day while walking through Times Square, he saw groups of girls all lined up to get into a concert by the new singing phenomenon Eddie Fisher. Feeling burnt out, Sinatra walked back to his apartment, he put his head on his stove, and turned on the gas. Thankfully, his manager found him just in time, lying on the floor, sobbing to himself. Sinatra tried to commit suicide three other times all of them in the struggles of his infamous relationship with the famous actress Ava Gardner.

2.) The Ratpack

With his buddies Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford, Sinatra was the leader of the Vegas crowd known as the Rat Pack. The name was created by actress Lauren Bacall many years prior, to explain a Hollywood drinking crew that contained her then-husband Humphrey Bogart and Sinatra. The gentlemen in the Rat Pack actually referred to themselves by a separate title. They called themselves The Summit, which was a play on a 1960 summit meeting in Paris between that took place between top world leaders.

1.) Pasta Sauces

The year was 1990. It was tired of Paul Newman, but it was still yet to have a Marky Ramone brand of celebrity spaghetti sauce and leave it to Frank to fill that dynamic gap. But even though it was inspired by his mother’s very own recipe, the sauce was a fiasco. Delightedly,  however, Mama Sinatra’s Recipe can now be found online. The world never got its Marky Ramone brand tomato sauce in the end, but it temporarily, in fact, have a Frank Sinatra sauce.

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