In pictures: Frank Sinatra at 100

He was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century, famed for hits including ‘New York, New York’, ‘Strangers in the Night’, and ‘Let it Snow’

Frank Sinatra, 1 October 1947. (Photo by William Gottlieb/Redferns)

Born in 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey, Frank Sinatra went on to become an award-winning singer and actor. One of the top-selling artists of all time, Sinatra has sold 150 million records worldwide. 

Sinatra died on 14 May 1998, aged 82.

Here, ahead of what would have been Sinatra’s 100th birthday on 12 December, we look back at his life in pictures…

c1921: Frank Sinatra as a young boy, wearing a suit with coattails and a top hat.

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c1936: Frank Sinatra poses for an early portrait, holding a pipe.

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Sinatra poses for a mug shot after being arrested and charged with "carrying on with a married woman" in 1938 in Bergen County, New Jersey. The charge was later changed to adultery, and was eventually dismissed.

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c1940: Frank Sinatra sits at a table in a nightclub next to his first wife, Nancy Barbato, to whom he was married from 1939 to 1951. Sinatra wears a striped suit, silk tie and a 'FDR' pin in his lapel.

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Frank Sinatra and family in July 1949: (clockwise from top) Frank Sinatra; son, Frank Sinatra Jr., daughter Tina Sinatra; wife, Nancy (Barbato) Sinatra; daughter Nancy Sinatra.

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Frank Sinatra poses with his second wife, American actor Ava Gardner, standing behind their wedding cake on their wedding day, 7 November 1951. Sinatra married Gardner just a few months after divorcing his first wife, and their union lasted until 1957. Earlier this year Sinatra's daughter Nancy told CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood that her father had once told her that if he could go back in time he would have stayed with her mother.

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Frank Sinatra sings into a microphone during a recording session in a studio at Capitol Records in the early 1950s.

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Frank Sinatra in a hat, sport coat and tie, smiles as he leans against a bollard on the 20th Century Fox studio lot, California, April 1954.

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Frank Sinatra poses for a publicity still for the movie Pal Joey in 1957 in Los Angeles, California.

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c1960: the members of the Rat Pack posing in a full-length studio portrait. The Rat Pack featured Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

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Frank Sinatra eating a sandwich in his newly renovated $100,000 kitchen at his home in Palm Springs, California, 1965.

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c1965: a contact sheet showing Frank Sinatra in a raincoat and trilby.

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Frank Sinatra and actress Mia Farrow cutting their wedding cake in Las Vegas, 19 July 1966. Farrow was Sinatra's third wife. Sinatra had divorced his second wife, Ava Gardner, in 1957. Sinatra's third marriage lasted just two years - the couple divorced in 1968.

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Frank Sinatra performs at an Italian American Civil Rights League Benefit Concert on 20 November 1970 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Frank Sinatra and Barbara Marx, 10 April 1973. The couple wed in 1976, and remained married until Sinatra died in 1998.

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Frank Sinatra performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London, 1 September 1980.

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Frank Sinatra shakes the hand of Queen Elizabeth II, watched by singers Perry Como and Dionne Warwick, at a dinner at the studios of 20th Century Fox on 27 February 1983 in Los Angeles, California.

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Frank Sinatra poses for a portrait in 1990 in Los Angeles, California.

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Crowds gather to pay their respects at Frank Sinatra's funeral mass at Good Shepherd Church in Beverly Hills, 20 May 1998.

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