MEDIA: NATIONAL ENQUIRER SINATRA SPECIAL: AN EXPERT’S VIEW. Steve Harrison works out why the Hollywood gossip rag failed to dish the dirt

When Frank Sinatra died, the journalists at the National Enquirer probably got out the Jack Daniels in celebration. No longer need they fear the retaliatory ’break his legs’ being growled from a shuttered room in some Palm Springs hospital.

When Frank Sinatra died, the journalists at the National Enquirer

probably got out the Jack Daniels in celebration. No longer need they

fear the retaliatory ’break his legs’ being growled from a shuttered

room in some Palm Springs hospital.



Sinatra underground must have looked like a pretty rich seam to the

celebrity gossip sheet that makes Hello! look like the Times Literary

Supplement.



In the past it’s kept us updated on Cher’s, Demi’s and Hugh’s anatomical

’jobs’ and it also lifts the three- inch shag pile in Hollywood’s

bedrooms and reports on what scurries away.



But how does it handle the delicate area of the tribute? No-one’s shag

pile was thicker than Sinatra’s and the Enquirer’s ’tribute’ dutifully

lists his affairs. We also have the obligatory mob references with

Sinatra rubbing the very broad shoulders of Big Paul, Jimmy the Weasel

and the rest of the wiseguys. The whole thing is topped and tailed by

’his first love’ and ’his last frantic hospital battle’. Yet somehow the

Enquirer has failed to dish the dirt.



It’s not too surprising, really, for no-one succeeded in exposing or

exploiting the unsavoury Sinatra better than, well, Sinatra. That’s

because, like other of this century’s ’greats’, he realised it wasn’t

enough to be the best, he had to be different. And Sinatra knew it was

the regular glimpses of his dark side that kept him in the

spotlight.



The truly shocking revelation would have been that Sinatra was, in fact,

a teetotal, monogamous fitness fanatic of Welsh extraction. That’s the

only story that might have made him spill the heavenly Jack Daniels

he’ll be pouring himself this evening.



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