Frank Sinatra's first wife Nancy dies aged 101

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Nancy Sinatra, the first wife of singer Frank Sinatra and the mother of his three children, died this past Friday at the age of 101, as confirmed by her daughter, singer Nancy Sinatra.

Nancy Sinatra has just posted a short time ago on the Sinatra family website sad news that her beloved mother Nancy Barbato Sinatra, has passed away at the age of 101.

"She was a blessing and the light of my life", she wrote.

MRS Sinatra was a lovely and classy woman, who whenever you would read about her in articles or in forums on Facebook, was highly respected.

When Sinatra shot to fame in the 1940s, the couple relocated to Los Angeles, where their youngest daughter Tina Sinatra was born.

Two years later, the Sinatras separated after Frank's affair with Ava Gardner became public knowledge, with Frank marrying Gardner, the second of his four wives, shortly after. They married in 1939 and had three children together.

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Nancy Jr is the eldest of the couple's three children, followed by singer Frank Jr, who died in 2016, and actress Tina.

Nancy Sinatra never remarried and lived a quiet life in Beverly Hills, California, focusing on charity work, the newspaper said.

In this October 23, 1946 file photo, singer Frank Sinatra and his wife Nancy smile broadly as they leave a Hollywood night club.

Her death comes two decades after her husband's, who died of a heart attack in 1998 at age 82.

She largely withdrew from the spotlight following the divorce, although is credited under her maiden name of Nancy Barbato as of appearing in her daughter Nancy's 1975 concert film Nancy and Lee in Las Vegas and a guest spot on Dinah Shore's talk show in 1974.

In the 1960's, Nancy became known as Nancy Senior, due to the success of Nancy Junior's singing career, particularly the song, "These Boots Are Made For Walking". Frank frequently requested food from her, foods she was known for being an expert at preparing, including Italian dishes.