Nancy worked as a secretary while Frank Sinatra earned his way as singing waiter. So Nancy would call Dolly, Dolly would call Frank, and later rather than sooner he'd show his face for dinner. She went so far as to plead with Joan Cohn, the wife of Columbia Pictures despot Harry, to give Frank the role of Maggio in "From Here to Eternity." But Frank's comeback seemed to bring out the worst in both of them. In London, they were almost evicted from their apartment. People said Frank's despair chased him through a lot of bars and into many willing arms.
It was definitely a marriage made in Hoboken, not heaven. Frank was a big man now, and no fruit was forbidden or out of reach. Frank came ahead home to the States and then learned of Ava's return from the newspapers. Dolly effected a reconciliation one night, after which Ava returned to the hotel to wait for him following his show. But those were places he would have ended up anyway. Mia was five years younger than his oldest daughter, Nancy. She was willing to put herself entirely at Frank's disposal.
Faking an orgasm was soon as easy as opening her eyes. Next Christmas, her present, wrapped neatly, was a gold cigarette case she kept joints in.
Ralph found himself hobnobbing with movie stars, and his name popped up regularly in the gossip columns, linked to this starlet or that one.
Ralph even had awesome friends: the Dreyfuss family sold the Pirates to a group that included John Galbreath and Bing Crosby. In the off-seasons, Crosby liberated Ralph from his old room in Alhambra and introduce him to the inner circle of Tinsel Town.
So she tried to lose herself in a never-never land where reality faded and her dreams drifted, just out of reach. But the absolute nadir of tawdry is his account of Ava Gardner—do not read further unless you are prepared to have your idea of a lovable old Hollywood icon sullied beyond repair.
I still think I could have helped Judy, but she kept dodging me. She should have known that being hooked on barbiturates didn’t mean a damn thing to me: after all, I ad been there. We were both athletic in bed, and pretty verbal, too.