Frank: The Voice
"SINATRA ADMITS Hurting Wrist, But Laughs Off Suicide Rumor!"
So ran a wire-service headline back in 1952, shortly before
KAPLAN PRESENTS the hard and soft of Frank: "Frank didn't have a heart of stone, but rather, one that was divided into a million chambers."
But what is most striking in this chronicle, is the emphasis on the soft. Or rather, Sinatra's insecurities, which would inevitably lead to aggressive behavior, or overemotional reactions, especially as things began to go wrong in the late 1940s. (Great stuff on Frank's relationship with his fearsome mother, Dolly, and the tortures suffered by his first wife, Nancy.)
In Kaplan's book, one finds a far more vulnerable
It is Sinatra's sudden decline, the messiness of it, that's truly gripping in "The Voice." Why? Because it's so ... feminine, almost. So very
SINATRA'S OBSESSION with
(Unlike Elizabeth Taylor and
"THE VOICE" ends with Sinatra winning the Oscar for "From Here to Eternity." This was a role that Ava begged
He would reign in this manner until a waif named
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