Frank Sinatra

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Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was born December 12, 1915.He was an American singer and actor. Beginning his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra became a successful solo artist in the early to mid-1940s, being the idol of the "bobby soxers." His professional career had stalled by the 1950s, but it was reborn in 1954 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He signed with Capitol Records and released some critically lauded albums. Sinatra left Capitol to found his own record label, Reprise Records, toured internationally, was a founding member of the Rat Pack and fraternized with celebrities and statesmen, with John F. Kennedy. Sinatra attempted to weather the altering tastes in popular music, but with sales of his music dwindling, and after appearing in several poorly received films, he retired in 1971.

Sinatra also forged a career as an actor, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity, and he was selected for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Man with the Golden Arm. He is also starred in such musicals as High Society, Pal Joey, Guys and Dolls and On the Town. He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Sinatra was also the receiver of eleven Grammy Awards. Frank Sinatra dead on May 14, 1998.

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