In a new book about legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra, the author claims that the star considered reuniting with his first wife before he passed away in 1998.
Author Tony Oppedisano used to be part of Sinatra’s management team. The award-winning producer released a memoir on June 8 about his time around Ol’ Blue Eyes. Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Small Hours covers the two mens’ longtime friendship that began when Oppedisano was only 21 years old.
Oppedisano recently spoke with FOX News about his memoir. That’s when the producer opened up about Sinatra wanting to reconnect with his first wife, Nancy Barbato. While Sinatra married four different women in his lifetime, his first always held a special place in his heart.
“Nancy was probably the single longest friendship that he had in his life,” Oppedisano said to FOX News. “And there was a comfort there. But that didn’t change the fact that Frank was very much in love with Barbara, his last wife, obviously. Their marriage lasted 22 years longer than any other marriage in his story. And it was something that probably couldn’t really ever happen because too many people would have gotten hurt.”
“There was no way of figuring out how to put that relationship back together by the way of revisiting a marriage without what would have happened then between him and Barbara,” Oppedisano continued. “So he was between a rock and a hard place. But they did remain very, very close.”
Frank Sinatra’s First Wife Nancy Hoped That They May Reconcile One Day
Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato started seeing each other when both were just teenagers. In 1939, the couple tied the knot around the time the singer began to gain notable interest in the entertainment industry. By the early 1940s, Sinatra had become a bonafide star and the couple moved to Los Angeles.
Sinatra went on to become a movie star as well, and that’s when his womanizing days began. He had an infamous affair with actress Ava Gardner and eventually divorced Nancy to marry her. Yet he and his first wife stayed close as she raised their three children and chose to never remarry.
“I remember I asked her, ‘Why didn’t you ever remarry?'” Oppedisano said to Nancy. “She said, ‘Well, for one thing, the children were small. I never wanted my kids to doubt who their father was. That was always number one for me. And [over the years] I thought about it. And I realized, once you’ve married Frank Sinatra, how the hell am I going to top that one?'”
The couple’s bond stood the test of time, even if their marriage did not. The author and friend of Sinatra thinks that Nancy held on to the idea of reconciliation at some point. Yet it wasn’t meant to be in the long run.
“I think that was something she fantasized about. That maybe they would be able to figure out a way of getting back together. But they knew it would probably never happen,” Oppedisano said.