06:36 PM EDT 03/24/2014
Originally posted 06/03/1999 12:00AM
The FBI opened the books on the late Frank Sinatra Tuesday. Spanning 40 years of trailing Ol' Blue Eyes, the 1,275 pages of records, pictures and reports by FBI agents sometimes portrayed Sinatra in an unflattering light but never seemed to prove he was directly involved in the Mafia or the Communist Party. "Sinatra enjoys surrounding himself with hoodlums and ... would give up his show business prominence to be a hoodlum himself if he had the courage to do so," one FBI document said. The files also show the FBI's accounts of Sinatra as the victim of threats to his life and the target of extortion schemes.
Originally posted 02/23/1999 12:00AM
Frank Sinatra's 1947 Twin Palms Estate is for sale in Palm Springs, according to an ad that ran in Sunday's Los Angeles Times. "An opportunity to own a legendary home designed by a legendary architect for a truly legendary man," reads the announcement. "The four-bedroom, seven-bath home has been meticulously restored including original and period furnishings. Pool cabana with his/hers baths and changing rooms." The den once contained Frank's toy train set that circled a miniature replica of his hometown, Hoboken, N.J., and John F. Kennedy once slept at the house. Asking price: $1,890,000.
Originally posted 11/06/1998 12:00AM
Found, in Old Blue Eyes's hometown of Hoboken, N.J.: a lacquered aluminum record from the 1930s that may actually be Frank Sinatra's first recording as a solo artist. The recording, made by amateur musician Walter Costello, features Sinatra singing "Roses of Picardy," accompanied by Costello on the accordion. "My opinion is that the record is for real," Tom Owen, a voice identification expert, told the Associated Press. "If it's not Sinatra, it's the best fake you could do." Costello's widow, Angela "Dolly" Calandriello, said her only plans for the momento are to display it at Hoboken's mini-museum for Sinatra, called From Here to Eternity -- after his 1954 Oscar-winning movie.
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