It was on this day, May 14, 1998, Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra, sɨˈnɑːtrə/, (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) died. An American singer and film actor, Sinatra was… the first modern pop superstar.
“Sinatra was… the first modern pop superstar… Following his idol Bing Crosby, who had pioneered the use of the microphone, Sinatra transformed popular singing by infusing lyrics with a personal, intimate point of view that conveyed a steady current of eroticism… Almost singlehandedly, he helped lead a revival of vocalized swing music that took American pop to a new level of musical sophistication… his 1950s recordings… were instrumental in establishing a canon of American pop song literature.”
–Stephen Holden, Rolling Stone Record Guide
Sinatra enjoyed a huge film career and began making movies almost as soon as his singing career took off. His most important pictures include The Manchurian Candidate with Angela Lansbury, From Here to Eternity with Burt Lancaster, The Man With the Golden Arm with Arnold Stang, Kings Go Forth with Natalie Wood, Guys and Dolls with Marlon Brando, High Society with Bing Crosby, Pal Joey with Rita Hayworth, Some Came Running with Dean Martin, Never So Few with Steve McQueen, A Hole in the Head with Edward G. Robinson, Meet Danny Wilson, On the Town with Gene Kelly, Robin and the 7 Hoods with Bing Crosby, Ocean’s 11 and Sergeants 3 with the Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop), Step Lively, None But the Brave (directed by Sinatra), The Detective with Lee Remick, Come Blow Your Horn with Lee J. Cobb and Barbara Rush, and The Pride and the Passion starring Cary Grant, among many others spanning most of his lengthy career.
Sinatra began to show signs of dementia in his last years. After a heart attack in February 1997, he made no further public appearances. After suffering another heart attack, he died at 10:50 p.m. on May 14, 1998, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, with his wife, Barbara, by his side. He was 82 years old.
The U.S. Postal Service issued a 42-cent postage stamp in honor of Sinatra on May 13, 2008.The Hoboken Post Office was renamed in his honor in 2002. The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens and the Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken were named in his honor.
The U.S. Congress passed a resolution on May 20, 2008, designating May 13 as Frank Sinatra Day to honor his contribution to American culture. The resolution was introduced by Representative Mary Bono Mack.
To commemorate the anniversary of Sinatra’s death, Patsy’s Restaurant in New York City, which Sinatra frequented, exhibited in May 2009 fifteen previously unseen photographs of Sinatra taken by Bobby Bank. The photos are of his recording “Everybody Ought to Be in Love” at a nearby recording studio.
Wynn Resorts dedicated a signature restaurant to Sinatra inside Encore Las Vegas on December 22, 2008. Memorabilia in the restaurant includes his Oscar for “From Here to Eternity”, his Emmy for “Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music”, his Grammy for “Strangers in the Night”, photographs and a gold album he received for “Classic Sinatra”.
There is a residence hall at Montclair State University named for him in recognition of his status as an iconic New Jersey native.
The Frank Sinatra International Student Center at Israel’s Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus campus, was dedicated in 1978 in recognition of Sinatra’s charitable and advocacy activities on behalf of the State of Israel.
Here are the movies in which "Old Blue Eyes" appeared among others.
Reveille with Beverly
Higher and Higher
The Kissing Bandit
Three Coins in the Fountain
Young at Heart
Guys and Dolls
The Tender Trap
The Joker Is Wild
Come Blow Your Horn
Robin and the 7 Hoods
My Funny Valentine
The King of Comedy
The Pope of Greenwich Village
1900 – Billie Dove (Lilian Bohny) (actress: All the Brothers were Valiant, The Black Pirate; died Dec 31 1997)
1921 – Richard Deacon (actor: The Dick Van Dyke Show, B.J. and the Bear, Leave It to Beaver, Carousel, Francis in the Haunted House, The Patsy, Bad Manners, Blackbeard’s Ghost; died Aug 8, 1984)
1944 – George Lucas (George Walton Lucas Jr.) (film producer, director: Star Wars series, Indiana Jones series, American Graffiti)
1951 – Robert Zemeckis (Producer/Writer/Director…Producer: Back for the Future, Real Steel, Mars Needs Moms, Behind the Burly Q, Beowulf, The Reaping, Monster House, Last Holiday, The Polar Express, Gothika, others; Writer: Back to the Future I, II, III, Used Cars, 1941, I Wanna Hold Your Hand)
1952 – Robert Zemeckis (Academy Award-winning director: Forrest Gump ; Death Becomes Her, Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Romancing the Stone, Used Cars, I Wanna Hold Your Hand; script writer [w/Bob Gale]: 1941; executive producer: Tales from the Crypt)
1961 – Tim Roth (Actor: Lie to Me (TV series), Pete Smalls Is Dead, King Conqueror, The Incredible Hulk, Virgin Territory, Funny Games, Youth Without Youth, Even Money, Dark Water, Reservoir Dogs, others)
1962 – Danny Huston (Actor: Magic City (TV series), Wrath of the Titans, Two Jacks, Playoff, A Monster in Paris, The Warrior’s Way, Clash of the Titans, Edge of Darkness, X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
1969 – Cate Blanchett (Actress: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Elizabeth: The Golden Age. I’m Not There, Hot Fuzz, Notes on a Scandal, The Good German, Babel, Little Fish, Stories of Lost Souls, The Aviator, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, I The Missing. Coffee and Cigarettes, Veronica Guerin. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, I Heaven, The Shipping News, Charlotte Gray, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bandits, The Gift, The Man Who Cried. The Talented Mr. Ripley, Pushing Tin, An Ideal Husband, Elizabeth. Oscar and Lucinda, Thank God He Met Lizzie, Paradise Road, Parklands)
1971 – Sofia Coppolla (Actress: CQ, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Inside Monkey Zetterland. The Spirit of ’76, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Cotton Club, Rumble Fish, The Outsiders, The Godfather: Part I, II, III)
1971 – Deanne Bray (Actress: Heroes (TV series), The L Word (TV series), Universal Signs, Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero, Last Mountain, What Do Women Want)