... that many people claim that the storyline of singer/actor Johnny Fontaine in The Godfather was based on Frank Sinatra and his real-life quest to win the role of Maggio in From Here to Eternity. This may or may not be true. What is true is that Sinatra felt certain that he was right for the part and that this movie could resurrect his fading career and campaigned heavily for the role. Studio executives were reluctant to hire him. The part about Mob pressure and decapitated horse heads most likely is fiction. Most people believe that then-wife Ava Gardner (at the height or her career) used her influence to get her husband the part.
... that Frank Sinatra directed one movie during his career. A war movie called None But the Brave. It was semi-controversial at the time, telling the story of American and Japanese troops stranded on an island during World War II who have to stop fighting and cooperate in order to stay alive.
... that in 1963, Frank Sinatra's teenage son Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped. Frank Sinatra paid the ransom and his son was returned safely. The kidnappers were then caught by police shortly thereafter. A movie about the bumbling kidnappers called Stealing Sinatra was made in 2001.
... that the role of Dirty Harry was written for Frank Sinatra. When he turned it down, the producers offered it to John Wayne. It was only after Wayne turned it down that it was given to Clint Eastwood.
... that in 2008 Frank Sinatra was honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a commemorative stamp.
... that in 1985 President Ronald Reagan presented Frank Sinatra with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
... there were many rumors about Frank Sinatra's associations with certain New York Mafia members. Is it true? The FBI definitely believed it to be true. Courtesy of the Freedom of Information Act, you can read the un-redacted portions of Frank Sinatra's FBI file.
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Frank Sinatra is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Frank Sinatra's stars:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1600 Vine St.
Walk of Fame Star (Television)
6538 Hollywood Blvd.
Walk of Fame Star (Recording)
1637 Vine St..
Former Home of Frank Sinatra
915 Foothill Road
Beverly Hills, CA SEE MAP
"I'll be respectable and nice - Give up cards and dice, - And go for shoes and rice - So gentlemen, deal me out - Do not try to feel me out - I got no more evenings free (you may scratch me) - Since Adelaide, Adelaide, ever loving Adelaide - Is taking a chance (talk about your long shots) - Taking a chance on me."
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