Nancy Sinatra Senior, Frank's first wife, dies aged 101

Nancy Sinatra Senior, Frank's first wife, dies aged 101

Nancy Sinatra Senior, Frank's first wife, dies aged 101

Bang Bang singer Nancy Sinatra Jr. shared the sad news on Twitter in the early hours of this morning, telling her 186,000 followers: "My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101".

Nancy Sinatra Junior, Frank and Nancy Senior's daughter, tweeted on Friday that her mother died at 6:02 pm.

Nancy Sinatra was divorced from her husband after he had a string of affairs.

When Sinatra shot to fame in the 1940s, the couple relocated to Los Angeles, where their youngest daughter Tina Sinatra was born.

In 1950, humiliated by reports in the press of Frank's affair with screen siren Ava Gardner, Nancy filed for separation and their divorce was finalized in 1951. They married in 1939 at a church in New Jersey, and as a wedding present, he gave her a record of a song called "Our Love" that he made for her. Nancy never married again.

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She is credited, under the name Nancy Barbato, on the Internet Movie Database with two just TV and film appearances, in her daughter Nancy's 1975 concert film, Nancy and Lee in Las Vegas, and in 1974 on her friend Dinah Shore's talk show.

Sinatra divorced Gardner two years later, and went on to marry Mia Farrow and then Barbara Marx.

All three of Frank's children Nancy, JR., Frank and Tina were born of the marriage between Frank and Nancy, SR. She ended up outliving her son, who died in 2016, as well as Frank, who died in 1998.

She also remained friendly with her ex-husband, the latter being said to have put in requests over the years for pasta and other Italian food dishes she was known to be an expert at preparing.

Gay Talese, in 1966, wrote there was "no bitterness", and instead, only "great respect and affection" between Frank and Nancy.

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