Barbara Sinatra Dead: Philanthropist and Widow of Frank Sinatra Dies at 90

Barbara Sinatra Dead at 90

Barbara Sinatra, the former model, activist and wife of the late singer Frank Sinatra, died Tuesday at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, according to a family spokesman.

In a statement, her foundation wrote, "Through Barbara Sinatra's efforts, more than 20,000 children through age 18 have received beneficial therapy at [the center], making it possible for them to cope with traumas associated with abuse".

Barbara and Frank Sinatra were Wednesday on July 11, 1976, and they remained married until Frank's death on May 14, 1998.

She met the singer through her previous husband, Zeppo Marx of the famous Marx Brothers comedy team.

He was previously married to Nancy Barbato from 1939 to 1950, Ava Gardner from 1951 to 1953, Mia Farrow from 1966 to 1968 and he married Barbara eight years later.

"Barbara started raising funds for it in 1985 with Frank's support", director John Thoresen revealed.

Barbara and Frank founded together the Barbara Sinatra Children's Charity Centrer in Rancho Mirage, California, in 1986.

"Frank would come over and sit and read to the kids", Mr Thoresen said of the sometimes volatile entertainer.

"A very wise French lady once said to me: 'You never worry about old flames".

She remained active at the centre until recently, pushing for creation of the video programme just past year and making sure the children had anything they needed, Mr Thoresen said.

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