The first objective biogrphy of Frank Sinatra since Kitty Kelley's opus - an entirely new assessment of the most important figure in 20th century entertainment. This book discusses Sinatra the performer, the singer and the actor and the life which has made him the most enduring and successful of the Hollywood artists.
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Frank Sinatra has been a legend in many people's lifetimes. His long career saw success, followed by failure, followed by even greater triumph--and the longest sequence of post-retirement comebacks in twentieth-century show-business history. He is simply one of the most enduring performers of our era.
Michael Freedland's new biography gives a full portrait of the unorthodox singer's life, starting with his rough beginnings in the Italian quarter of Hoboken, New Jersey. Supported by his indomitable mother, Dolly, he battled toward a singing career despite any great evidence of talent.
Nevertheless, by the 1930s, a remarkable new popular singer had burst upon the ears of a generation of bobby-sox-wearing teenagers and created a new style of hero-worship. A unique voice and a unique style of phrasing gave Sinatra qualities to rival his idol and competitor, Bing Crosby. But unlike Crosby, Sinatra had an unerring eye for a good song, making his list of hits far longer, culminating, decades later, in the trademark, "My Way."
Sinatra's life was also studded with scandal and romance. He married four times and had many liaisons, too. And alongside the romantic history was the more boisterous one--drinking with members of the Rat Pack, brawls with journalists, and the association with the Mafia, often alleged but never proven.
This biography is a fitting tribute to a singer, actor, and hell-raiser, one of the legendary figures of entertainment, a man who, in every aspect of his personal and professional life, took it "All the Way."About the Author:
Michael Freedland is the author of 33 books, mostly biographies of leading personalities and figures in the world of entertainment. He writes for newspapers and magazines in Britain and America. He broadcasts frequently on the BBC- including a seven-part series on American comedy - and a four part series f
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