An Australian woman claims she is Frank Sinatra’s secret daughter after her actress mother had a whirlwind romance with the famous late singer.
Childcare worker Deana Sinatra, 63, is the daughter of actress Eva Bartok who had a whirlwind three-month romance with Frank in the late 1950s.
Ms. Sinatra, who was born in London but now lives in Sydney with her two sons, uttered the word ‘Daddy’ at the age of three after seeing Frank’s face on an album cover her mother was holding.
Despite never being publicly recognized by the beloved performer or his family, Frank has never denied her either – something Ms. Sinatra has stuck to.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Ms. Sinatra opened up about the pain of never meeting her father and the agony of his abandonment.
“I’m tired of convincing people who I am,” she said.
She now plans to share her full story in a memoir that tells everything.
Deana Sinatra, 63, who works in daycare, says she is Frank Sinatra’s secret daughter and how it affected her life decades after his death
Mrs. Sinatra said her mother met Eva Bartok Frank (photo in 1961) and ‘fell madly in love’ before she became pregnant with his child
Mrs. Sinatra is seen with her mother Eva Bartok who had a three-month romance with the sultry singer
The story began when Mrs. Sinatra’s mother met ‘Old Blue Eyes’ at a Hollywood party in 1956, when he was at the height of his fame.
‘Sparks flew’ immediately when Ms. Bartok recently ended her fourth marriage to actor Curt Jurgens – whose last name Deana took for the first half of her life.
The world-famous singer was then married to screen siren Ava Gardner and had three children from his first marriage to Nancy Sinatra.
Ms. Sinatra said her mother fell ‘madly in love’ with Frank, but returned to London shortly afterwards and found out she was pregnant.
At the time, Mrs. Bartok was a member of a group called Subud, a spiritual movement founded in Indonesia.
She was told by the people in the group that there was no need to tell Frank that she was pregnant with his child, so she kept it hidden from him.
At birth, Mrs. Bartok almost lost her daughter when she was discovered to have cysts on her ovaries.
The doctors told her there was no hope of saving the baby and that she would survive only if she had immediate surgery.
Ms. Bartok ignored the advice of medical experts and once again listened to her fellow believers in Subud and postponed the operation.
Miraculously, the cysts disappeared and Mrs. Sinatra was born a healthy daughter.
Her mother put Mr. Jurgens on the birth certificate in an effort to avoid a scandal, but it was not possible that he was the father due to medical conditions.
The mother and daughter lived in a Subud compound in Indonesia for three years before moving to Los Angeles when Deanna was 10.
When she became a teenager, the desire to meet her father soon became too great to bear.
My heart ached. I didn’t have a father and everyone else did, ”she said.
Ms. Sinatra said that at the age of 15, her desire to meet her father became too much to bear
Mrs. Bartok had told her that Frank was her father when she was a toddler, and that was something Mrs. Sinatra never questioned.
When she was 14, her mother was told that the famous singer was in town and that her friend had given her number so he could call her.
Finally one day Mrs. Bartok picked up the phone to hear her former lover on the other end.
Mrs. Bartok motioned for her daughter to pick up the other phone so she could listen to the conversation.
It was great to hear his voice. I keep telling people it was like liquid velvet, ”Mrs. Sinatra said.
“The conversation was as if (my mom and Frank) had seen each other recently, he said he would call in a few days, but he never did.”
Out of touch a year later, her mother tracked down one of Frank’s attorneys and decided to send a letter with a photo of the then 15-year-old Ms. Sinatra explaining that she was his.
‘It took about two months, it was a long wait and then we got a letter back from Frank thanking us for the note and the photo, but saying that at the time he was having enough problems with his own children and that he couldn’t get it. involved, ”Mrs. Sinatra said.
“It broke my heart.”
The letter has since been lost.
Ms. Sinatra said that as she kept trying to get in touch with her father over and over, her mother knew this was the last time they would ever speak.
A few years later, Ms. Sinatra contacted another of Frank’s attorneys, who invited her to visit him.
Ms. Sinatra said she shares many of the same features of Frank, including his blue eyes and crooked smile
With another photo of herself, she bravely met the lawyer, but was told that Frank couldn’t meet her again.
“He did ask if Frank could keep the photo,” she said.
Leaving her father has had a lasting impact on Ms. Sinatra, who admits she’s struggling to form relationships with men.
“There were times when his movies came up and I just refused to watch, and I just started crying,” she said.
‘The most interesting part of watching him on screen is the mannerisms I have that he has, I have his hands and his funny crooked smile, his eyes … I’m glad I didn’t get his nose. ‘
Deana Sinatra is seen with her mother Eva Bartok
Ms. Sinatra has spent time in Hollywood and was even featured in a movie starring Franks’ son Frank Sinatra Junior entitled Code Name Zebra.
When Frank died of a heart attack in 1998, Ms. Sinatra said she heard the devastating news from a friend.
She said ‘your father has passed away’ and I couldn’t breathe. Tears rolled down my eyes, luckily there was a chair near the phone that I could sink into, ”she said.
“I just got numb because that was the end for me.”
Three months later, Mrs. Sinatra’s mother died.
‘The non-relationship with my father has colored all my other relationships. It’s a very lonely life, ”she said.
Despite her heartbreak around her father, the 63-year-old now hopes that her book will not only heal the pain within itself, but also help others who have been rejected by their own families.
‘I am writing this book because it is a kind of therapy for me. Everyone needs to know where they come from, ”she said.
“It’s a very difficult and damaging path, but I think in the long run forgiveness is very important.”
Despite never meeting her father, Ms. Sinatra decided to change her last name to reclaim her history and bond with the father she never knew.
Mrs. Sinatra claimed that Frank wrote her a letter saying he couldn’t see her because he was having problems with his own children at the time