Sinatra Tributes Pour In
Frank Sinatra had not been seen in public since a heart attack had finally ended his career in January 1997 but that absence does not alter the fact that Sinatra was one of the world's most revered artists and commanded total respect from fellow entertainers. The legendary entertainer died the night of May 15, 1998 of a heart attack in the emergency room of Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre. He was 82. His death sparked an outpouring of emotion from the millions of fans who love his music and his movies.
Sinatra, rightfully, is globally more recognized for his singing career than his acting career but, such was the man's ability, he easily moved to acting with his main feature début beginning early in his career back in 1943 with an inauspicious feature film début in Higher and Higher in a role written purposefully for him - although the star had appeared in cameos with the Tommy Dorsey Band in a handful of early '40s films. In total, Sinatra added his famous name to a staggering 66 movies.
Tributes from around the world have poured in. President Clinton said he was moved by the entertainer's death. Speaking at the G8 talks in Birmingham, England, he added, "I think every American would have to smile and say he really did do it his way." Martin Scorsese, in Cannes for the film festival, was quoted as saying that Sinatra was "an idol of mine and millions A great American, and a great actor. You know, he was the idol. There will never be another one like him. He was the original. I am very, very upset." Sophia Loren, who shared a simlar rags-to-riches destiny with Sinatra, said told Italian television that even death would never silence 'The Voice'. "The last time we saw each other was at a cocktail party in honour of someone, and he said to me, 'You are the mostest'."
"He was one of the most romantic figures ever," Harvey Weinstein, co-chief of Miramax Film, said, "Part of America died today."
Actor Johnny Depp, also visiting the Riviera town, called Sinatra "a great, uncompromising hero." He added, "It's a huge loss." (By Terry Richards)
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