35 Facts About Frank Sinatra
You know that Frank Sinatra was as talented a singer as he was an actor. That he had a collection of nicknames, from The Voice to Ol’ Blue Eyes. And that he liked to do things “My Way.” In honor of what would have been the legendary crooner’s 101st birthday, here are 35 things you might not have known about Frank Sinatra.
1. HIS BIRTH WAS A TRAUMATIC ONE.
Born on December 12, 1915, in an apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey, Francis Albert Sinatra was blue and not breathing when he was yanked out of his mother with forceps. Thought to be dead, the infant was laid on the kitchen counter while the doctor attended to his mother. His grandmother picked up the newborn, stuck him under some cold water, and little Frank wailed out his first song.
2. THOSE FORCEPS CAUSED SOME DAMAGE.
Those forceps left their mark on the left side of Sinatra’s face, in the shape of a scar that ran from the corner of his mouth to his jaw line and a cauliflower ear. As a teenager, he was nicknamed “Scarface.” He also suffered a bad case of adolescent acne, which left his cheeks pitted. Self-conscious about his looks as an adult, Sinatra often applied makeup to hide the scars. Even with that, he hated to be photographed on his left side. The physical insecurities didn’t end there: Sinatra also wore elevator shoes to boost his five-foot-seven stature.
3. HE WAS A BIG BABY.
The future crooner weighed a whopping 13.5 pounds.
4. HE CARRIED HIS OWN P.A. SYSTEM.
When Sinatra was just starting out as a singer, he came prepared: he carried his own P.A. system to the dives in which he typically performed.
5. HIS BAD BOY IMAGE WAS REAL.
Sinatra’s bad boy image began with his infamous 1938 mug shot. The charge? The most Frank reason possible: “seduction.” The charge was reduced to “adultery,” then later dropped.
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