Skip to comments.DiMaggio and Sinatra: The Feud Between Two Italian-American Pathbreakers
Posted on 06/13/2014 5:47:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
In March 1949, Joe DiMaggio posed in Yankee Stadium, smiling, with another famous Italian-American of his era each in his professional uniform but their friendship would not endure.
On the evening of Nov. 5, 1954, the Yankee Clipper and Frank Sinatra hastily got up from dinner with friends at the Villa Capri in Hollywood and drove to a little apartment house at Kilkea Drive and Waring Avenue. DiMaggio was being divorced by Marilyn Monroe, his wife of less than a year. A private investigator, Barney Ruditsky, had called to report that she was there with another man.
When a door was kicked in on one of the apartments we still do not know exactly who did the deed the intruders, one using a flash camera, found not Monroe but a shrieking office secretary, Florence Kotz, in her bedclothes. (She later sued DiMaggio, Sinatra, Ruditsky and three others she identified as their confederates, and got $7,500 in an out-of-court settlement brokered by Sinatras lawyer.) In later testimony before a California state senate panel examining the ethics of private investigators, Ms. Kotzs landlady, Virginia Blasgen, recalled seeing, from her window, DiMaggio and Sinatra outside the building, arguing. She said Sinatra appeared animated but amused he was jumping up and down and looking at me, smiling but DiMaggio simply looked mad.
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That DiMaggio got Kennedy elected by manipulating Chicago votes, right?
Those were the days,my friend——I thought they’d never end.
I loved the fifties-——especially Sinatra.
I have read that DiMaggio was very conservative although they might have meant about his views of marriage.
Sinatra was a jerk.
I can’t remember her name right now but one of Marilyn’s best friends said that Sinatra was a bad lover.
She starred in a lot of “B” or Drive-In movies.
His season high for strike outs was 39 in his rookie year. He hit 361 homers and struck out 369 times in a 13 year career. In 1941 he had 30 homers and 13 strike outs for the season. Pretty amazing by today’s standards.
Kilkea and Waring are a couple miles south of where I used to live when I lived in Hollywood.
The Villa Capri was in downtown Hollywood. The family that owned it now runs Patsy's Pizza in Farmer's Market on Third St. and Fairfax Ave. I've never eaten there, but it would have to have really good Italian cuisine to divert me from Andre's, a cafeteria-style Italian restaurant next to Whole Foods, across Third from Farmer's Market.
I was born in 68 but had the pleasure of seeing Sinatra live in the early 90’s. Just incredible. One of the best voices in music history.
I just remembered who Marilyn’s friend was. Her name was Jeanne Carmen.
She said that listening to Sinatra sing made her want to jump on him and make love to him. After she did, it turned out he was a poor lover.
“I was born in 68 but had the pleasure of seeing Sinatra live in the early 90s.”
I cannot tell you how jealous I am.
I met my husband at a party when he asked me to dance to Sinatra’s “You Make Me Feel So Young”. It was in 1957.
We were both Sinatra fans and remained so for the rest of his career.
I hear the “rap crap” the kids listen to now and just shake my head.
FYI my 5th,and last, child was born in 1968 as you were. Now THAT was an interesting year.
Check out “His Way - The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra” by Kitty Kelley, 1986.
Sinatra sued her twice & lost. Then he announced, don’t be seen reading her book in public. Vito & the boys would not approve.
Wasn't there another story about a drunken Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack where they believed that Marilyn was up a hotel room and they tried to take the door off the hinges to essentially gang rape her?
Sinatra’s evil ways went way beyond Marilyn Monroe (rest her soul; I think she was murdered).
BTW, I’ve been threatened on this thread for criticizing Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Great memory for you!
I feel very thankful to have seen him. I’m a music nut. Almost all genres (except rap and pop country) and I’ve been to dozens and dozens of concerts. Seeing Sinatra live is in my top 5 ever and will remain so. To complete the story my now wife and I took our parents (born in the 30’s and 40’s) to see the show. Great time.
Well, I’m more of a Dean Martin fan, but dang, I love this song: