Actor Cary Grant, left, Barbara Sinatra, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin pose during Frank Sinatra's 40th Anniversary party at the Paramount Theater at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on December 12, 1979. Theirs was the longest lasting of the singer's marriages.
Barbara Sinatra was the music icon's fourth wife. When she turned 18, she and her family moved to Long Beach. The couple were married for 22 years when the singer died of a heart attack in 1998. She soon married Robert Oliver and started her modeling career. She had previously been married to Zeppo Marx, the youngest of the Marx Brothers comedy team.
A rep for the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center Foundation told the Desert Sun. They were married in 1959 and divorced in 1973.
Barbara is survived by her son Robert.
She remained active at the center until recently, pushing for creation of the video program just previous year and making sure the children had anything they needed, Thoresen said. But, sitting with Barbara were Bee Korshak, a friend from the Racquet Club, and her husband, Sidney, a mob lawyer the New York Times called "one of Hollywood's most fabled and influential fixers".
She and Frank had no kids. She was able to successfully leverage her fame as Sinatra's wife to raise funds and rally support for several charitable causes.
The family requests that memorial gifts be directed to the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270. The organization, founded in 1986, advocates for and provides counseling to victims of child abuse.