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Frank Sinatra’s wedding rehearsal dinner ended in a fight

A black and white photo of Frank Sinatra and Barbara Sinatra cutting into their wedding cake together.

Frank Sinatra’s strained relationship with the press lasted for years and even impacted his marriage. In 1976, Sinatra prepared to marry Barbara Marx in his fourth wedding ceremony. During the rehearsal dinner, persistent members of the paparazzi began to frustrate Sinatra. He asked one of his close friends to stop them from taking photos, which resulted in a physical argument.

A black and white photo of Frank Sinatra and Barbara Sinatra cutting their wedding cake together.

Frank Sinatra and Barbara Sinatra | Bettmann / Contributor via Getty

The singer had a contentious relationship with the press

Despite his level of celebrity, Sinatra attempted to keep the press at bay. He gave surprisingly few interviews and didn’t like the attention of the paparazzi. He even violently attacked journalists who wrote unflattering articles about him. On one occasion, he was nearly trapped in Australia after numerous union protests over comments he made about journalists.