First Look: Frank Sinatra's Granddaughter Shares Rare, Intimate Photos From New Book
For his 100th birthday, photos and memories of the entertainer compiled by Amanda Erlinger, Nancy Sinatra's daughter, and co-editor Robin Morgan bring readers inside his world.
This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
"I didn't quite realize the size of the world I was getting into," says London-based photographer Terry O'Neill, whose work is featured in a book celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday and whose 1967 introduction to the singer came via a letter from his second wife, actress Ava Gardner; O'Neill never learned the contents, only that it worked. "Frank read it and told his guys, 'He's with me.' If he liked you, the world opened up for you."
Now granddaughter Amanda Erlinger, 39, an artist and the younger of Nancy Sinatra's two daughters, and co-editor Robin Morgan are sharing that world in a 400-page, 1,000-copy limited-edition book (ACC Editions, Aug. 10, $1,500) that collects memories and photos of the man from family, friends and professional photographers.
Contributors include the Sinatra family — his first wife, Nancy Barbato, 98, and children Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr., all of whom signed each copy — who share intimate details of the man. Tina misses "his soft, crooked fingers," and Erlinger recalls seeing him cry as he watched the Senate approve the Congressional Medal for him on C-SPAN. Debbie Reynolds, George Clooney and others add their own memories. "It was around him that I learned how to live," writes Quincy Jones, and Bob Dylan calls him "one of the few singers who sang without a mask." But it is the portrayal of Sinatra as a family man that Erlinger says makes this book unique: "He was a father, grandfather, husband and friend — and a man with an enormous heart."