October 16, 1927 
Bosworth, Missouri, U.S.
|Other names||Barbara Marx|
|Occupation||Las Vegas showgirl and model|
(1976-1998; his death)
Robert Harrison Oliver
(1940s-1950s; divorced); 1 son
Barbara A. Blakeley was born in Bosworth, Missouri, one of two daughters of Charles W. Blakeley and his wife, the former Irene Prunty Toppass (died 1993, California). Her family relocated to Wichita, Kansas, where she was raised.
Blakeley first married Robert Harrison Oliver, an executive with the Miss Universe pageant, in the mid- to late-1940s, a marriage which produced a son, Robert "Bobby" Oliver, but ended in divorce.
While working in Las Vegas, she met Zeppo Marx, and, on September 18, 1959, they married. Barbara's son, Bobby, assumed the family name of his stepfather. It was presumed at the time that Bobby Marx had been legally adopted by Zeppo Marx, but Tina Sinatra has claimed that, according to Robert Harrison Oliver, no such adoption took place. Barbara and Zeppo divorced in 1973.
Barbara was married to singer Frank Sinatra from July 11, 1976 until his death on May 14, 1998. It was Sinatra's fourth and final marriage, and the longest-lasting one. She converted to Roman Catholicism before she and Frank were married. According to her book, Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank, "He [Frank] never asked me to change faith for him, but I could tell he was pleased that I'd consider it."  The Roman Catholic church, which, in the 1950s, had savaged Sinatra for his decision to divorce Nancy Sinatra and marry Ava Gardner, reversed its position and officiated at his fourth marriage.
Frank's daughter, Tina, claimed that, while married to Sinatra, Barbara persuaded Frank to legally adopt Bobby Marx - although Marx was a grown man and, subsequently, Sinatra's children intervened to prevent it. In the book Lady Blue Eyes, Barbara disputes this, claiming that Frank offered, but, despite their close relationship, Bobby did not want the adoption.
Frank and Barbara Sinatra founded the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center in Rancho Mirage, California, in 1986. The center is adjacent to the Betty Ford Center on the campus of the Eisenhower Medical Center. The non-profit facility provides individual and group therapy for young victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
Barbara Sinatra authored Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank (Crown Archetype; released May 31, 2011)
- The Night We Called It a Day, a film about Frank Sinatra in which Melanie Griffith played Barbara Marx Sinatra.
- The 1930 United States census cites Barbara A. Blakeley, daughter of Irene and Charles W. Blakeley, as 3 years old in April 1930
- U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 & 2 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
- Sinatra, Barbara. "Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank". p. 172. 2011, Crown Archetype. New York
- IMDb profile
- Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated