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Barbara Sinatra, the humanitarian, founder of the Barbara
Sinatra Center for Abused Children, former model and wife of the late Frank Sinatra
passed away today in Rancho Mirage, California, she was 90 years old.
Mrs. Sinatra died of natural causes, according to a family spokesman. She died comfortably surrounded by family and friends at her home. Funeral arrangements will be announced within a few days. Mrs. Sinatra is survived by her son Robert Oliver
Marx; his wife Hillary Roberts; and her grand-daughter Carina Blakeley Marx.
Blakeley in Bosworth, Missouri, her father Willis owned Blakeley's General Store on Bosworth's Main Street. At age 18 her family moved to Long Beach, California and shortly thereafter Barbara
married Robert Oliver
and began her modeling career. Following a divorce to Oliver, Barbara
married Zeppo Marx in 1959 in Las Vegas
and they settled in Palm Springs. Barbara
became Frank Sinatra's fourth and last wife in a private ceremony at the Annenberg Estate in Rancho Mirage in July of 1976.
and Frank Sinatra
travelled the world for 26 years together until his death in 1998. After moving to Palm Springs in the late 1950's, Barbara
began an illustrious journey as an activist especially for children. Barbara
Sinatra was not a woman who just lent her name to a cause or event. In 1985, with the support of her husband, Frank, she began a concentrated effort to raise funds for the establishment of a state-of-the-art facility to provide services and counseling for children suffering the effects of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The nonprofit Barbara
Sinatra Children's Center on the campus of Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA would also focus on prevention, community education and breaking the generational cycle of abuse.
She devoted much time and energy to the Children's Center that bears her name and to speaking out on the need for abuse victims to have access to counseling. Barbara
was an avid and tireless fundraiser and child advocate, and, as the Center's Founder and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, intimately involved in the organization's operations. In her many travels, she served as keynote speaker and appeared before groups and organizations of all sizes on behalf of abused children in England, Australia, Canada, Italy, and throughout the United States. Barbara
Sinatra also served on the Board of Trustees of the Princess Grace
Sinatra's efforts, more than 20,000 children through age 18 have received beneficial therapy at the Barbara
Sinatra Center for Abused Children, making it possible for them to cope with traumas associated with abuse. In 2016, the Barbara
Sinatra Children's Center Foundation, which she helped fund, developed a series of animated videos entitled "The Protect Yourself Rules" for children in grades K-6. These videos are distributed to teachers, school counselors, after-school programs and parents, free of charge. After only 11 months, the program has been shown to over 700,000 children throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.
In 2011, Barbara
Sinatra co-wrote with Wendy Holden, Lady Blue Eyes…My Life with Frank. The book covers Barbara's humble beginnings to her life with her iconic husband and her philanthropic efforts including the Children's Center.
was a beloved community leader in the Palm Springs area for over 50 years and also maintained homes in Beverly Hills and Malibu, California. The family requests that memorial gifts be directed to the Barbara
Sinatra Center for Abused Children, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, California 92270.