As usual, children of very successful parents find it difficult to emulate and repeat such successes in their careers, especially if they choose to follow in their footsteps, as Nancy Sinatra, the daughter of legendary American singer and actor Frank Sinatra, found out. This does not mean, however, that Ms. Sinatra has not achieved considerable success in her career, as will be discussed below.
Who Is Nancy Sinatra?
Nancy Sandra Sinatra was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on June 8, 1940, the first child of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy (née Barbato). Sinatra spent her formative years in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, and then in Toluca Lake, California, where her father moved the family due to his burgeoning Hollywood career.
As a child, Nancy Sinatra was prepared to lead a life in show business. With her siblings, Frank Jr., born in 1944, and Tina, born in 1948, Nancy took piano, dance, theater, and singing lessons. After high school, Sinatra, who had seen her father rise to great heights in Hollywood, enrolled at the University of California in Los Angeles to study music, dance, and singing and to further refine her skills. However, the young lady later decided to drop out of school shortly after a year in order to concentrate on her professional career.
Sinatra made her debut in 1960 when she appeared on her father’s television show, the Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home, Elvis. On the show, the father-daughter duo danced and sang a duet called “You Make Me Feel So Young/Old”. The following year, she signed a contract with her father’s record label, Reprise Records, through which she released her first work, which included songs like “Cuff Links and a Tie Clip”.
Sinatra struggled to make a name for herself with her music in the USA, although some of her songs had been quite a hit in Europe and Japan. The lack of a major hit in the States put her in danger of losing her record deal. She was later rescued by songwriter and producer Lee Hazlewood, who took her under his wing and helped her get her career back on track. Among the Hazlewood hits that Nancy Sinatra led the charts with at the time were “These Boots Are Made for Walking”, “How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?
Also in the 1960s, Sinatra began her acting career with performances in the musicals For Those Who Think Young (1964), Get Yourself a College Girl (1964), and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966). In 1968, she played alongside Elvis Presley in the musical comedy Speedway (1968), which turned out to be her last movie role. In the 1970s and 1980s, Sinatra continued to release music that topped the charts, although she did not appear as active in public to pay attention to her family. Since then she has continued to release music and has appeared in one or two shows, most recently in an episode of the HBO crime thriller The Sopranos.
Nancy Sinatra’s Net Worth
Nancy Sinatra is reported to have a net worth of $50 million. The musician and actress acquired her wealth through her successful career as an entertainer, from which she still receives royalties today since she owns all her publishing rights and masters.
Ms. Sinatra is also said to have inherited a cash legacy of $200,000 from her father, in addition to her existing trust fund when he died.
Family – Parents, Husband, Children
As mentioned above, Nancy Sinatra was born as a descendant of Frank Sinatra, one of the most popular, influential, and best-selling music artists of all time. The Grammy-winning singer, who has also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for his acting, welcomed her with his first wife, also named Nancy. Not much is known about Nancy Barbato, as she loved a very private life until her death in July 2018.
In 1960 Nancy Sinatra married her first husband, the singer and actor Tommy Sands, who is best known for the song “Teen-Age Crush”. The couple married in 1960, but only stayed together for five years when they divorced in 1965. In 1970 Sinatra married choreographer Hugh Lambert and welcomed two daughters; Angela Jennifer “AJ” Lambert, born in 1974, and Amanda Catherine Lambert, born in 1976.