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Barbara Sinatra Queen of the Desert

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Frank Sinatra died in 1998, but three of his wives have survived: Nancy Sinatra, Mia Farrell and Barbara Sinatra.

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Meet Barbara...she was born Barbara Blakeley in Bosworth, Missouri in 1926 to Charles W. Blakeley and the former Irene Prunty Toppass (died 1993, California); she was raised in Kansas City, Missouri.

According to most bios she 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. Blakeley became a Las Vegas showgirl in the 1950s, modeled clothing for Mr. Blackwell and, according to Blackwell, was a regular at hotel/casino bars in order to come into contact with high rollers, where she reportedly met Zeppo Marx.

Her son Bobby assumed the family name of his stepfather when Zeppo and Barbara married on September 18, 1959. It had been assumed that Bobby Marx had been legally adopted by Marx. Tina Sinatra has claimed that, according to Robert Harrison Oliver, no such adoption took place. Decades later, after marrying Frank Sinatra, Barbara would try to get Frank to legally adopt Bobby Marx when Marx was a grown man; Sinatra's children intervened to prevent it.

In the early 1970s she started seeing Frank Sinatra, as a friend at first and later as a lover. The two were married from July 11, 1976 until his death on May 14, 1998. It was Sinatra's fourth and final marriage, and the longest-lasting one, despite Barbara's cool relations with the children from his first marriage.

According to Frank's biography by Kitty Kelley and confirmed by Frank's daughter, Tina, in her book My Father's Daughter, Frank's mother, Natalie, railed at the prospect of Barbara Marx as a daughter-in-law, declaring "I don't want no whore in this family!"

Today Barbara is based in Palm Springs as Barbara Sinatra was born Barbara Blakeley in Bosworth, Missouri in 1926 to Charles W. Blakeley and the former Irene Prunty Toppass (died 1993, California); she was raised in Kansas City, Missouri.

According to most bios she 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. Blakeley became a Las Vegas showgirl in the 1950s, modeled clothing for Mr. Blackwell and, according to Blackwell, was a regular at hotel/casino bars in order to come into contact with high rollers, where she reportedly met Zeppo Marx.

Her son Bobby assumed the family name of his stepfather when Zeppo and Barbara married on September 18, 1959. It had been assumed that Bobby Marx had been legally adopted by Marx. Tina Sinatra has claimed that, according to Robert Harrison Oliver, no such adoption took place. Decades later, after marrying Frank Sinatra, Barbara would try to get Frank to legally adopt Bobby Marx when Marx was a grown man; Sinatra's children intervened to prevent it.

In the early 1970s she started seeing Frank Sinatra, as a friend at first and later as a lover. The two were married from July 11, 1976 until his death on May 14, 1998. It was Sinatra's fourth and final marriage, and the longest-lasting one, despite Barbara's cool relations with the children from his first marriage.

According to Frank's biography by Kitty Kelley and confirmed by Frank's daughter, Tina, in her book My Father's Daughter, Frank's mother, Natalie, railed at the prospect of Barbara Marx as a daughter-in-law, declaring "I don't want no whore in this family!"

Today she makes her home in Palm Springs. Leaving Beverly Hills to Nancy Sinatra.

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