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Barbara Blakeley was a farm girl turned model and Vegas showgirl before marrying Frank Sinatra in 1976. It lasted 22 years, the longest of his 4 marriages, right up until his death in 1998. Therefore, Barbara has a surplus of secrets to share in her new autobiography Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank.
While she describes him as "without doubt, the most romantic man I had ever met", she also dishes about his legendary temper, gin-induced rants, and how "women would always be part of the deal with Frank".
One of the first stories she shares about Sinatra was when she visited his Palm Springs home while she was still married to his neighbor, Zeppo Marx. The group was playing charades and when Barbara told Frank his time had run out, he grabbed the clock out of her hand and smashed it against the wall! However, Barbara says she never found him dangerous and he was always very much a gentleman.
Another tale tells what a generous gift giver he was. When asked what she wanted one birthday, she mentioned a Rolls Royce Corniche, never dreaming he'd really buy it. But when she got home, the car was parked in their driveway.
If you want to know the names of every King Charles Spaniel the couple owned, and why Frank refused to perform anywhere more than 15 minutes from an airport, and much more, pick up a copy of Lady Blue Eyes!