Reelz releases Autopsy: The Last Hours of Frank Sinatra

‘Autopsy: The Last Hours of Frank Sinatra’ Where To See, What To Expect

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Released on Sunday, June 20, Autopsy: The Last Hours of Frank Sinatra follows the iconic singer’s struggles with alcohol dependency. Over a 60-year career, Sinatra became one of the most popular entertainers of the 21st century. It was tragic, indeed, to lose the singer before his time. Now, the latest in the Autopsy series explores the last days of the singer known as “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”

The life of Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra was born to Italian immigrants Natalina Della and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra. He came into the world in Hoboken, New Jersey on December 12, 1915. Sinatra grew up on the rough streets of Hoboken and this led to him working hard to get ahead in his life.

Reelz releases Autopsy: The Last Hours of Frank Sinatra
Reelz releases Autopsy: The Last Hours of Frank Sinatra [Image @ReelzChannel]
Sinatra started out as a saloon singer in dark little dives, where he always brought his own PA system. Eventually, he got work as a band singer, first with The Hoboken Four and then with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. Sinatra’s press agent, George Evans, shaped his image into that of a street thug and punk who was saved by his first wife, Nancy Barbato Sinatra.

Along with his stellar singing career, Frank entered the film industry including movie gems like Anchors Aweigh in 1945 with Gene Kelly. He also starred in the 1945 film The House I Live In, along with On the Town and Take Me Out to the Ball Game in 1949. Sinatra’s controversial affair with lauded screen actress Ava Gardner broke his marriage to Nancy and badly affected his career. While “Ol’ Blue Eyes” continued to star in films, a vocal cord hemorrhage all but ended his singing career.

Due to the hardships he suffered, towards the end of his life, Frank became increasingly dependent on alcohol. He eventually passed away on May 14, 1998, in Los Angeles, California of a heart attack at the age of 82.

Autopsy: The Last Hours of Frank Sinatra

The latest Reelz documentary, Autopsy: The Last Hours of Frank Sinatra explores Sinatra’s life. It also goes on to examine the events that led up to the singer’s death. The docu also explores one particular incident that could have made all the difference to Sinatra’s life.

The official synopsis reads that as a heartthrob, Frank Sinatra was “the embodiment of sex appeal.” However, this didn’t mean that he would escape the traumas of love. Frank’s second marriage to Ava Gardner ended after Frank’s infidelity and several suicide attempts. This was when Sinatra started drinking Jack Daniels, which resulted in a “decades-long alcohol dependency.” Meanwhile, Dr. Michael Hunter believes that Frank’s fate was far from inevitable. In fact, he says there was an event in his life that could have turned his life around.

As noted by Meaww, the Reelz Channel is renowned for its documentaries. As part of the latest series, fans have learned a lot about some of their favorite icons. A previous show Autopsy: The Last Hours of Michael Jackson is eye-opening for that singer’s fans. Meanwhile, Autopsy: The Last Hours of Whitney Houston is a moving and informative episode about the sad loss of another icon.

Autopsy: The Last Hours of Frank Sinatra dropped on Reelz on June 20 at 8 pm.

Anne Sewell

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