S01:E02 - The Hollywood Years
50 min
Producers viewed Frank Sinatra as a novelty or an extra added attraction, but he believed he could make it as an actor. He began starring in small film roles, and even gained positive film reviews. Sinatra made his MGM debut with Anchors Aweigh, which was a hit and won the oscar for best musical score. After acting in a few flops, he scored a main role in On the Town which was his last film for MGM. He divorced his long time wife Nancy Sinatra for the movie star Ava Gardner. The age of television arrived, and with no new movie prospects Sinatra took the plunge and debuted "The Sinatra Show" on CBS. It was a huge failure, and Sinatra's vocal chord hemorrhaged while singing at a club. Sinatra was at an all time low so he went on the road singing at saloons like the old days, slowly nursing his voice back to life. Sinatra fought for the part of Maggio, in From Here to Eternity, against all odds and won an oscar for it. His bet paid off and he was back on top.

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