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While some may still mourn the untimely passing of Nancy Sinatra, the legendary ‘Chairman of the Board’ of Sinatra Enterprises, Inc. is still very much alive and kicking. So much so that it appears that even her family has forgotten the terrible tragedy that befell her in 1995.

Nancy Sinatra was only 73 years old at the time of her passing. Since then, her family has carried on her legacy of philanthropy and giving back to the community. Most recently, they established the Nancy Sinatra School of International Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The school’s founding vice-president, Nancy Sinatra, described her as the “ultimate mama’s girl” and lauded her for “making the world a better place” and being an “icon for women.”

Sinatra died on November 4, 1995 after a long battle with breast cancer. She is buried in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. A family friend said that she was a “private person” who “just wanted to be with her children and grandchildren.”

This is interesting given that Sinatra was married to Sam ‘The Man’ Sinatra for only a few years before he died of a heart attack in 1987. The couple had two children together, Tina and Frank Jr. They also had four daughters from a previous marriage. At the time of Sam’s passing, the surviving children were still minors. They had not yet come of age.

Raising Mature Children

The children of famous people often get a pass on certain aspects of growing up in the spotlight. However, that is not the case for Nancy’s children. They are expected to grow up to be responsible, independent adults who will make their own choices in life.

Tina Sinatra is a renowned fashion designer who established her company, Tina Sinatra Enterprises, in 1984. Fashioned in the style of her mother, she designed the ‘Nancy Sinatra’ swimsuit that is now on sale at Nordstrom. In 2014, she released a limited-edition ‘Nancy Sinatra’ necklace that was inspired by her mother’s famous silk gowns.

She also designed the ‘It’s My Party’ piñata that was released in 2014 to celebrate her parents’ 75th Anniversary. While Tina has always taken an interest in her mother’s work, she admitted that she had to step up and be the “man of the house” for a few years after her mother’s passing.

Frank Jr., who was 19 at the time of his mother’s death, inherited her estate and became the CEO of Sinatra Enterprises, Inc. He also serves as chairman of the board for the Nancy Sinatra School of International Studies. In 2018, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Although he has always been his mother’s shadow and rose to fame as a result of her achievements, he has tried to distance himself from her fame in the years since her death. In an interview a few years after her death, he said that she was a “very private person” who “didn’t want to be famous.” He also credited her with helping to “put [his] life in perspective.”

However, even as a young man, he seemed to want to keep his mother in the public eye. When he was 16, he had surgery to remove a brain tumor. During his recovery, he had to wear a helmet to protect his head. When he got back on his feet, he tweeted about how great his mother was during his illness. When she heard about this, she reached out and thanked him. She also gave him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during her lifetime. While this may have been a way of thanking him for his support and efforts during her illness, it was also an acknowledgment of his celebrity. In other words, she was trying to acknowledge the conflict of interest that arises from having a son who is both a doctor and a celebrity.

‘My Mother Was an Actress. What Does That Mean?’

Many parents use their children’s fame for their own ends. That is arguably what happened to Nancy Sinatra. As a result of her fame, her children had a pretty sweet setup growing up. They had everything they needed and more.

However, as mentioned, that fame caused a conflict of interest for Nancy. When she died and her estate was divided, her daughters were the ones who got the short end of the stick. While her estate made them all rich women, it meant that they had to go looking for work. The late Alva Rogers, the children’s paternal grandfather, was initially appointed as executor of their mother’s estate. He was tasked with getting them established in their careers. The job required a lot of travel and meant he rarely had time for the family.

It was hard for the kids and especially for Tina, who was only 15 at the time. She had to step up and be the “man of the house” for a few years until her brother, Frank, got older and took over. By then, his friends called him ‘The Man with the Plan.’ He was definitely the boss of the family and had an idea of what he wanted from life.

Tina said that her mother’s career was a blessing and a curse. It was a boon because they could travel the world and meet famous people. However, it was also a curse because of all the pressure that came with being the child of a famous woman.

According to the family, the stress of being famous caused Nancy Sinatra to lose friends and suffer from depression and anxiety. One of her sisters, Doria, became her full-time assistant, travelling with her to concerts and fashion shows around the world. Another sister, Nancy, described her as having a “narcissistic streak” that she was never able to overcome. The strain of being famous may also have caused her to put on weight. In an interview, she said that she had gained 40 pounds by the time she was 40 and attributed that to her mother’s influence.

Lessons From Watching My Mother Work

Despite all of this, Nancy Sinatra’s children did not come away from the experience completely empty-handed. They learned a lot from watching their mother work. In particular, they learned to value their privacy and to not be afraid to walk away from a deal that wasn’t good for them. They also learned to be strong willed and assertive.

For example, Doria said that she had to learn how to say ‘no’ to people who might try to pressure her into doing something she didn’t want to do. Sometimes that meant turning down lucrative job offers because she didn’t want to sell out her sisters. Her mother’s example also meant that she had to be willing to take risks and put herself out there even if she wasn’t sure what would happen. That is probably why she invested so much in her fashion company and traveled internationally with her shows, meeting people and learning about different cultures.

When it came to her career, Nancy Sinatra was very much her own woman. She never followed the crowd and did what felt right for her.

She knew what she wanted and went after it with the tenacity of a lioness. She was always confident and secure in her decisions whether they were right or wrong. While she may have had conflicts with her parents and had to shoulder a lot of responsibility, she carried herself like a Queen, embodying the strength and confidence that was desired by men and women alike.

The Road Ahead

As the Sinatra children grew up, they realized that they had to make their own way in the world. They were the ones who would carry on their mother’s legacy, not her assistant. As such, they had to be brave and take calculated risks. In the process, they might fail, but that is what makes it exciting.

The future of the Sinatra legacy is something to look forward to. In particular, Tina has big plans for ‘The Nancy Sinatra School of International Studies.’ She said that her main goal is to “make the world a better place” and to “put [her] life in perspective” by helping students understand different cultures and countries. She also wants to create an environment where women can feel empowered. She has mentioned that many of her mother’s friends were not happy that she became a woman of influence because it meant that people would come to her for advice. That may have been one of the downsides of being famous. In an effort to overcome that, she created the Nancy Sinatra School of International Studies, a venue where students can gain the tools necessary to become successful in whatever field they choose. She plans to expand the school’s programming and establish a permanent home for it in the near future.

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