Frank Sinatra was a true icon of the entertainment industry and one of the most successful singers of the 20th century. But out of the spotlight, the man dubbed Ol’ Blue Eyes had a rather colorful private life. And thanks to the star’s apparent associations with dangerous organized crime figures, a long shadow has been cast over his legacy. So, is there any truth to the shocking rumors that dogged Sinatra even before his death?
Indeed, some of the gossip surrounding the singer stands in marked contrast to the enduring vision of him as a slick, expensive-suit-wearing crooner. And Sinatra’s music was arguably the soundtrack to an era. In his 1940s and 1950s heyday, he released countless hit singles and chart-topping albums as well as scooping an Academy Award.