December 18, 2012 |
When singer Nancy Sinatra put a Santa Monica compound she owned on the market last month, it appeared her boots were ready to do some walkin' — to borrow from the title of her '60s hit. But it seems they ran instead. Sinatra, the daughter of legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy, sold the property in 16 days for $5 million. The asking price was $4.895 million. The Cape Cod-inspired home and guesthouse sits on a nearly half-acre flat lot off a cul-de-sac.
October 24, 2012 |
Michael Feinstein was, he says, just a "nobody" some three decades ago when he was hired to play a private birthday party at Chasen's for Frank Sinatra's wife, Barbara. But even in his 20s, Feinstein, now 56, was a consummate interpreter of the Great American Songbook. "I was playing as many obscure songs I could come up with to get [Sinatra's] attention," Feinstein said over the phone from his home in New York. "After an hour, he came over to me and said, 'How do you know all of those songs?
October 12, 2012
Back in 1975, when Mel Haber first opened his Palm Springs restaurant, he waited for the call that would signal true success. Three months passed before it came: “He's on his way over.” The “he” was Frank Sinatra. In those days, said Haber, owner of Melvyn's Restaurant (200 W. Ramon Road, Palm Springs), maître d's alerted each other when Sinatra and his entourage left one restaurant night spot on the way to a next, which they often did. In a town full of megawatt stars, no one had an aura as powerful as Sinatra's - not Gregory Peck or Marlon Brando, not even Ronald Reagan.
October 4, 2012 |
A triplex in West Hollywood that has counted both singer Frank Sinatra and film star Marilyn Monroe among its former tenants has come on the market at $4.75 million. Sinatra's and Monroe's rentals overlapped in 1961. He used his apartment as a getaway and she lived in hers, according to "Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra," written by George Jacobs, his valet at the time. The owner is Beverly Coburn, actor James Coburn's first wife. She bought the building in 1989 for $1.643 million from interior designer Kalef Alaton, who had remodeled it. The three units in the gated compound share a courtyard and patio space.
September 24, 2012 |
The Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 this year, but it's not the only Golden Gate with a reason to celebrate. The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has unveiled a major expansion -- its first in 50 years -- that adds a five-story luxury tower with 16 suites to the 122-room boutique hotel. Fourteen suites honor swinging Rat Pack guests such as Frank Sinatra , Sammy Davis Jr . and Dean Martin . They include a 50-inch flat-screen TV, a California king bed and a sectional sofa with a queen-size pull-out.
August 5, 2012 |
He's the ultimate insider at the ultimate insider's bank, the place Frank Sinatra turned to for ransom money when his son Frank Jr. was kidnapped. Michael Jackson partied in his vault. Bram Goldsmith, 89, has seen it all at City National Bank. The son-in-law of one of the founders, he took the reins of the "bank to the stars" in the mid-1970s and remains chairman of the parent company to this day. Launched in 1954, City National's 58-year run stands out in an industry where small banks tend to get gobbled by larger rivals.