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Barbara Sinatra, Philanthropist and Singer’s Widow, Dies at 90


Barbara Blakeley Marx and Frank Sinatra in London in 1975. They married the following year.

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Barbara Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s fourth wife and a prominent advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused children, died on Tuesday at her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 90.

Her death was announced by John E. Thoresen, director of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.

With her husband’s help, Ms. Sinatra founded the center in 1986 as a nonprofit organization to provide therapy and other support to young victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

In the years since, Mr. Thoresen said, more than 20,000 children have been treated at the center, in Rancho Mirage, and hundreds of thousands more throughout the world through videos it provides.

Ms. Sinatra, a former model and Las Vegas showgirl, was born Barbara Blakeley on March 10, 1927, in Bosworth, Mo. She was a Palm Springs socialite before marrying Sinatra in 1976.

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