Tina Sinatra

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Tina Sinatra
Born
Christina Sinatra

(1948-06-20) June 20, 1948 (age 72)
OccupationActress, singer, author, producer
Years active1968–2004
Spouse(s)
(m. 1974; div. 1976)

Richard M. Cohen
(m. 1981; div. 1983)
Parent(s)Frank Sinatra
Nancy Barbato
FamilyNancy Sinatra (sister)
Frank Sinatra Jr. (brother)

Christina Sinatra (born June 20, 1948) is an American businesswoman, film producer, Hollywood agent and memoirist.

Early life[edit]

Christina Sinatra was born on June 20, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, the youngest child of the American singer and actor Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra.[1] She has two siblings, Nancy and Frank Jr. Her parents divorced when she was three years old.

Career[edit]

Sinatra never wished to be a singer like her father and siblings, but took acting classes with Jeff Corey, and appeared opposite Hampton Fancher in the 1969 television mini-series Romeo und Julia 70 in Germany, where she lived for several years.[2] After returning to the United States, she took more classes with Corey, and appeared in episodes of Adam-12, It Takes a Thief, McCloud (TV series), and Mannix.[2]

Despite her hesitance to sing, Sinatra appeared on the album The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas with her father and siblings in 1968. She contributed to five tracks on the album, including "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and a duet on "O Bambino (One Cold and Blessed Winter)", with her sister. Tina also appeared with her siblings on an episode of Dean Martin's television show with Martin's children.[2]

In her memoir, she wrote of her acting career that though her reviews were generally favorable, she lacked the ambition and confidence to become an actress.[2] Sinatra remained in the entertainment industry, becoming a theatrical agent under Arnold Stiefel, and at one stage represented Robert Blake.[2] At her father’s request, in the 70s she began to take charge of parts of the elder Sinatra’s career.[3] Upon her father's death, Tina Sinatra took control of Frank Sinatra's film and music legacy.[3]

An occasional film producer, she also appeared in the television movie Fantasy Island (1977), which became the pilot program for the long-running TV series of the same title.[4][5] She was executive producer of the 1992 CBS television mini-series, Sinatra, about her father's life.[6][7] She was also a producer of the 2004 remake of her father's 1962 film, The Manchurian Candidate. A lead actor in The Manchurian Candidate, Frank Sinatra owned the film's legal distribution rights until his death.[8][9]

Sinatra published a memoir, My Father's Daughter, in 2000, co-written with Jeff Coplon.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In June 1970, Sinatra announced her engagement to actor Robert Wagner.[11] They called off the engagement in January 1972.

On January 26, 1974, Sinatra married the musician Wes Farrell at her father's apartment at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.[12] They divorced on September 3, 1976.[13]

On January 30, 1981, Sinatra married Richard M Cohen. They divorced on January 11, 1983.[13]

She started a petition in favor of the construction of the Beverly Hills Community Dog Park in Beverly Hills, California, in 2015.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, nytimes.com; accessed March 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Tina Sinatra (2000). My Father's Daughter: A Memoir. Simon and Schuster. pp. 157–. ISBN 978-0-7432-0433-0.
  3. ^ a b "Episode 668: Frank Sinatra's Mug". NPR.org. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  4. ^ David, Mark (September 19, 2008). "Tina Sinatra Lists Bev Hills House". Variety. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Dixon, Wheeler W. (February 17, 2006). Visions of Paradise: Images of Eden in the Cinema. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0813537986.
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (November 6, 1992). "'Sinatra': The Gentleman Is a Scamp". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  7. ^ Shales, Tom (November 8, 1992). "FRANKLY, THIS 'SINATRA' SINGS". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Hoberman, J. (September 14, 2003). "FILM; A Co-Production Of Sinatra and J.F.K." The New York Times. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (July 28, 2004). "The Manchurian Candidate". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  10. ^ Tina Sinatra; Jeff Coplon (2000). My Father's Daughter: A Memoir. ISBN 978-0-684-87076-2. OCLC 45008498.
  11. ^ Joyce Haber (June 30, 1970). "Tina Sinatra Plans To Marry Wagner". The Ithaca Journal.
  12. ^ Nancy Sinatra (1986). Frank Sinatra, My Father. Simon and Schuster. pp. 235–. ISBN 978-0-671-62508-5.
  13. ^ a b "Tina Sinatra". Internet Movie Database. Amazon.com. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  14. ^ Lelyveld, Nita (December 20, 2015). "First off-leash dog park approved for Beverly Hills". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 6, 2016. Those for and against the dog park started online petitions — the pro one penned by Tina Sinatra, an animal activist and daughter of Frank — and tensions grew as the time for a decision approached.

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