Frank Sinatra's wife, Barbara Sinatra, dies at 90

Frank Sinatra's wife, Barbara Sinatra, dies at 90

Marx and Frank Sinatra had been close friends and neighbors in Rancho Mirage until she left Marx.

He sadly passed away from a heart attack in 1998 at the age of 82.

Her family requests that gifts be directed to the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children, 39000 Bob Hope Dr.in Rancho Mirage.

Barbara met Frank when he was living next door to the married couple, and they became friends during the tail end of his tempestuous relationship with Ava Gardner, even playing couple's tennis together.

The ex-model was known for being by the crooner's side on tour, at the dais when he received each award during his career and quite frankly, until the end.

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She was the last of Sinatra's four wives, their partnership being the longest lasting of the Fly Me To The Moon singer's marriages. She had previously been married to Zeppo Marx, the youngest of the Marx Brothers comedy team. She was 90 years old. She had married Robert Harrison Oliver, a singer, and had her son Robert with him.

"Barbara started raising funds for [the center] in 1985 with Frank's support", Thoresen told The Desert Sun.

Her charitable pursuits included establishing the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children in Rancho Mirage, which advocates for children who have suffered physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

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. "There are several child advocacy centers like it around the country, [but] this one is probably most recognised".

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