Some Hollywood romances lead to marriage. Such unions might not last, but in certain marriages the\u00a0love never dies. Such was the case with Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. When Sinatra, already a famous crooner, first spotted the gorgeous Gardner, it was in a magazine photograph. He declared to a friend,\u00a0 \u201cI\u2019m gonna marry that girl one day.\u201d\u00a0One obstacle:\u00a0Frank was married to his first wife, Nancy Sinatra, the mother of his three children. When Sinatra\u00a0found himself\u00a0in Gardner\u2019s presence,\u00a0at a friend\u2019s party,\u00a0he was completely infatuated.\u00a0 She wasn\u2019t. Gardner had already met him at MGM studios and wasn\u2019t impressed, considering him \u201ctoo arrogant, overpowering and conceited.\u201d During that time, Gardner was unhappily married to Artie Shaw, who she said was \u201can aggressive eradicator of her self-esteem.\u201d https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/179530252247085\/photos\/a.179541275579316.1073741828.179530252247085\/541068559426584\/?type3 Sinatra\u2019s and Gardner\u2019s\u00a0paths crossed again on February 10, 1949, when Gardner, who was headed for MGM\u2019s silver anniversary party in her green Cadillac, drove past Sinatra. When she pulled alongside, a grinning Frank raised his hat, catching Gardner\u2019s attention. She later recalled: \u201cHe was so handsome, with his thin, boyish face, bright blue eyes and \u00adincredible grin. And he was so \u00adenthusiastic and invigorated, clearly pleased with life, in general, himself, in particular, and, at that moment, me.\u201d Soon after, he asked her out, and this time she didn\u2019t think twice. They went for a late-night drunken drive from Palm Springs to Indio and shot out streetlights and store windows with .38 pistols\u00a0as they went by. https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/HollywoodPageOfDeath\/photos\/a.503192216469066.1073741828.503188679802753\/955966817858268\/?type3 That first date set the tone for their relationship, one of\u00a0 intense passion, quarrels, and alcohol. Sinatra was sure it was love and so he wasted no time announcing to Nancy that he was leaving her and their family for another woman. The divorce papers were quickly signed, and in 1951, the church bells rang for Gardner and Sinatra. Their marriage was followed\u00a0closely by the American press, which didn\u2019t hold back in its criticism, labeling the whole affair as a \u201cscandalous infidelity.\u201dAt the time Frank was 35 and Ava was 28. They were clearly mad about each other but were unable to find much peace together. Their fiery liaison was wracked by feelings of insane jealousy each carried, whether it was over a co-star or an over-infatuated fan. They were both quick tempered and couldn\u2019t\u00a0control\u00a0it, even in public. According to one of their friends, \u201cbeing with them was like \u00adsitting on cracked eggs. You never knew if there were going to be verbal daggers.\u201d https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/OneYFilms\/photos\/a.182617091806855.45029.182602675141630\/997525383649351\/?type3 Moreover, both of them were attention seekers with a large appetite for stardom, booze, and excitement. And both were guilty of an infidelity here and there. The fights grew more vicious. Their marriage imploded and in 1953, the pair divorced. Sinatra reportedly\u00a0blamed actor Peter Lawford for the split and was inconsolable. On November 18 of that year, Sinatra was found in the elevator of his 5th Street apartment with his wrists slashed. He spent two days in hospital, saying that there had been an accident with broken glass. They managed to get along with each other after the divorce, but\u00a0Sinatra never got over Ava, and as his daughter Tina Sinatra stated in an interview: \u201cDad and Ava moved permanently from turbulent romance to entitled friendship, and no one replaced her.\u201d https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/DavideFotopictures\/photos\/a.604783289550394.1073741831.602856289743094\/1574850685876978\/?type3 Gardner\u00a0carried on with her life, getting involved in new relationships but never remarrying, claiming that \u201cFrancis and I became \u00adlovers forever, eternally. Big words, I know, but I truly felt that no matter what happened we would always be in love.\u201d Sinatra married Mia Farrow, divorcing her after\u00a0two years, and then wed fourth wife Barbara in 1976. But for Gardner\u2019s birthday each year, Sinatra sent her an extravagant\u00a0bouquet of flowers. Gardner would put them in a vase in her bedroom and keep it there, long after the blooms had faded. Credits:\u00a0thevintagenews Related: 10 Tragic Backgrounds Of Beloved Hollywood Stars 20 Celebs With Unusual Body Parts Share if you like this story on facebook..