Captivated by Marilyn Monroe's charm and beauty, Frank Sinatra found himself swept into a whirlwind romance with the iconic actress.
Things progressed quickly and Sinatra soon found himself seriously considering proposing but logic overruled his heart when his lawyer warned him it would only end in tragedy.
In the new episode of "The Killing of Marilyn Monroe" podcast released Monday, experts revealed how the couple's relationship came crashing down after Sinatra’s lawyer interfered.
"Like many men, Frank Sinatra fell under her spell. He treated her like he had never treated any other woman," said entertainment journalist Charles Casillo, according to U.S. Weekly.
Sinatra was still married to actress Ava Gardner when he met Monroe in 1954. It was only years later that the two started a sizzling relationship that lasted several months in 1961, The Telegraph previously reported.
It always seemed that Monroe was far more attached to the relationship than Sinatra was but this latest revelation suggests that Sinatra was equally in love with America’s most-beloved actress but in the end chose his career and reputation.
Monroe's battle with crippling depression and anxiety has been well documented and Sinatra was "very protective of her," Casillo said. But his attorney did not believe he could save Monroe from herself.
"He actually went to his lawyer and said, ‘I think I am going to marry Marilyn,’ and his lawyer talked him out of it," Casillo noted. "The lawyer said, ‘Don’t marry her. She’s going to commit suicide, and if she kills herself during the time that she is Frank Sinatra’s wife, you will go down in history as the man responsible for Marilyn Monroe’s death.'"
James Kaplan, who authored the biography "Sinatra: The Chairman," wrote of how concerned Sinatra was of Monroe's mental health.
A year after they broke up, Sinatra took her to his Cal Neva resort, in Lake Tahoe, in an attempt to save her from the inner demons that were tearing her apart. A week after the holiday Monroe took her own life, The Telegraph reported.
These personal accounts tell the story of an actress in turmoil. There have been numerous reports of Monroe struggling with crippling depression and anxiety. Claudia Kalb, author of "Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities" said that Monroe suffered from a severe mental health disorder that impacted her life, work and relationships.
"I did not realize the extent to which she suffered. I knew her as the Hollywood actress with that beautiful, glamorous look. But I did not know the internal chaos that she struggled with throughout her life, or the extent to which she sought help and craved answers and wished she could make her life better," said Kalb, according to National Geographic.
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