HOLLYWOOD—One of the greatest entertainers of the 20th Century was Frank Sinatra. December 12 marks the centennial birthday for New Jersey’s legendary crooner, actor, businessman and one of the most beloved entertainers. For the past year, the media has dominated O’l Blue Eyes big 100, preparing album collections, biography, photo books, a full-length documentary, and even a star-studded “Grammy All-Star” tribute show.
Some performers that are scheduled to perform include Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Usher and many more. The show will be filmed at the Encore Theatre in Las Vegas and will air on December 6 on CBS.
Sinatra fever is in full gear. His website, will share 100 fun facts about the man on sinatra.com. Then, the new “Sinatra 100” photo book, an intimate, candid look at one of 20th century’s greatest entertainers, with many unseen family archive images portraying the artist both on and off stage. As a special bonus, afterwords will be given via his children Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr. and a foreword from fellow crooner Tony Bennett and casino mogul Steve Wynn.
Another photo compilation titled “Sinatra: The Photographs,” with a foreword from fourth and final wife Barbara. It includes a commentary from Sinatra himself. If that wasn’t enough, two collections of Sinatra tracks was released earlier this year. Another release was on November 20, titled “Frank Sinatra: A Voice On Air 1935-1955,” for the avid collector, with 91 never-before-heard renditions and rare live radio recordings. If you missed the HBO documentary “All or Nothing At All,” it will air again on his birthday December 12 on HBO.
Then we have “Live From Lincoln Center,” a Sinatra tribute. On December 18, the renowned “Live From Lincoln Center,” will air its own commemoration titled “Sinatra: Voice For A Century.” Renditions from Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Bernadette Peters, Sting, the New York Philharmonic and many more. Comedian Seth MacFarlane will host the event which will air on December 18 on PBS.
If all else fails, and none of the events fit into your busy holiday schedule. Throw a Sinatra-themed party at home with a movie marathon. Some of his great movies include “From Here To Eternity” or “The Man With The Golden Arm,” or “Pal Joey.” Throw some lengthy Sinatra-centric tunes on, drink his favorite drink Jack Daniel’s whiskey on orange plastic cups (his favorite color) and buy some party fedoras to honor the man and his music. It’s no surprise that I’m a fan of Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy.
Another native New Jerseyan that is making news is actress Anne Hathaway, with a baby on the way. The 33-year-old actress is expecting her first child with hubby Adam Shulman, according to reports. The couple tied the knot in California in September 2012. The star of “Les Miserables” finally found love after being unlucky in love before.
She was dating the handsome Raffaello Follieri before he was busted in a real estate scam. Follieri was sentenced in 2008 to 4.5 years in prison and admitted to owing more than $3.6 million to those he ripped off.
Rose’s Scoop: Looks like everyone is getting into the holiday season. Prince William has the Christmas spirit, he began caroling with Kate Middleton’s mom and sister-in-law Pippa Middleton. Plans for this year’s celebration remain a secret. Someone sure looks like he gearing up for Christmas.