After Sinatra died on this day, his funeral was organized at the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
The famous American musician Frank Sinatra died on this day at the age of 82. The son of Sicilian immigrant to the United States, Sinatra was born in the vicinity of New York. He started his music career early, and perhaps also had connections with organized crime. In the film The Godfather, the character of the singer Johnny Fontane, who sings at the wedding of Corleone’s daughter and the Mafia backs his singing and film career, is said to be modeled after Sinatra. After watching the film, Sinatra reportedly also noticed the similarity.
Among numerous awards, Frank Sinatra won an Oscar (for the film From Here to Eternity), as well as 13 Grammy Awards. He was married to actresses Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow, he proposed to Lauren Bacall and is also known for his relationship with Marilyn Monroe. After he died on this day, his funeral was organized at the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. This church is the official parish church of the Catholic celebrities who live in Beverly Hills. Besides Frank Sinatra’s, the funerals of known Catholics like Gary Cooper, Rudolph Valentino, Alfred Hitchcock, Rita Hayworth etc. were held there.
Sinatra’s funeral brought together a vast number of celebrities. Gregory Peck, Tom Selleck, Liza Minnelli, Kirk Douglas, Bob Dylan, Sophia Loren, and Jack Nicholson were all there. On Sinatra’s tombstone stands the inscription from one of his songs: The Best Is Yet to Come.