Barbara Sinatra dead at 90

Barbara Sinatra Frank Sinatra wife dead age 90

Barbara Sinatra passed away at her Rancho Mirage home in California on Tuesday (25Jul17).

The former model and humanitarian was music legend Sinatra's fourth wife.

She met and married Frank Sinatra at a private ceremony in Rancho Mirage in 1976. She lived with her mother in Long Beach while attending the modeling school. She later Wednesday Zeppo Marx of the famous Marx Brothers comedy family before her marriage to Frank.

A statement read: 'She died comfortably surrounded by family and friends at her home, ' according to The Desert Sun. She made a name for herself as an advocate for victims of child abuse, building up her foundation with Frank's help. She had one son, Robert Marx, with a far less successful lounge singer named Bob Oliver. They were married in 1959 and divorced in 1973. She began having an affair with Sinatra despite being married to Marx.

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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. "You worry about new ones, '", Barbara previously said. She was able to successfully leverage her fame as Sinatra's wife to raise funds and rally support for several charitable causes.

She used her husband's fundraising powers to build the Sinatra Children's Center at the Eisenhower Medical Center in 1986 where she focused on helping victims of child abuse.

In the years since, Thoresen said, more than 20,000 children have been treated at the center in the desert city of Rancho Mirage and hundreds of thousands more throughout the world through videos it provides.

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