On July 19, 1966, actress Mia Farrow married singer Frank Sinatra at the Las Vegas casino of Jack Entratter. Farrow was just 21 years old at the time while Sinatra was 50. The celebrity wedding ceremony lasted four minutes, with no members of Frank’s family present. Old Sinatra pal William Goetz, a movie producer and his wife served as best man and matron of honor, respectively, at the civil ceremony.
At 21, Mia Farrow personified the adjective gamine: Her close-cropped hair perfectly complemented her delicate features and she wore a white silk faille mini-dress with diamond-shaped buttons. paired with a short, boxy matching jacket – the epitome of 60s mod.
The newlyweds jetted off to Palm Springs for a blowout bash featuring a Who’s Who of Hollywood: Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Dean Martin, Edward G. Robinson and many more.
They met while she was visiting the set of Sinatra’s film, Von Ryan’s Express and at that the time Sinatra was enjoying a wave of renewed popularity as the song ‘Strangers in the Night’ returned him to the top of the charts. They both said the age difference didn’t matter but to his children, it mattered as Mia was five years younger than his oldest daughter, Nancy.
It is said the deal was if Mia were to marry Frank, she had to agree to give up her career. His previous wife Ava Gardner had worked throughout their marriage, and Frank didn’t like it. Sinatra wanted Farrow to give up her acting career which she initially agreed to do. She accompanied Sinatra while he was shooting several of his films but soon tired of doing nothing and signed on to star in Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. Filming for Rosemary’s Baby ran over its initial estimated filming schedule which allegedly angered Sinatra who had cast Farrow in a role in his film The Detective. After Farrow failed to report for filming, Sinatra cast actress Jacqueline Bisset in Farrow’s role.
In November 1967, while Farrow was filming Rosemary’s Baby, Sinatra’s lawyer served her with divorce papers. Their divorce was finalised in August 1968. Farrow later blamed the demise of the marriage on their age difference and stated that she was an “impossibly immature teenager” when she married Sinatra. The two remained friends until Sinatra’s death in 1998.
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Written by Sarah Gorlov.