Frank Sinatra partly owed success in his latter years to the Mafia bosses, who gave him work when no one else would book him.
Speaking candidly about her father's links to mobsters in her new
book My Father’s Daughter, Tina Sinatra has confirmed what most fans merely assumed; they were his best friends.
She says, "he was working in the clubs and hotels the Mafia owned
and controlled; he worked for them. When dad was on the skids,
they were hiring him when no one else would. That was a big boost
when he couldn't get a job. They stuck by him."
But she admits that no matter how close members of the Mafia go
to Sinatra, his greatest friend was American President John F Kennedy.
She adds, "they were very good friends and they had great fun
together. It was hard for him to meet someone as big as he was. In
my father's own mind he was like, 'Hey.' He was big." – Wenn.
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