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Memoir claims Frank Sinatra took 12 showers a day


Frank BarbarSinatrtheir Rancho Mirage Calif. home 1994.

Frank and Barbara Sinatra in their Rancho Mirage, Calif., home in 1994.

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Updated: September 29, 2011 12:28AM



The Sinatra saga . . .

Yipes! It’s looks like Frank Sinatra, the legendary crooner, was also a clean freak.

♦ Translation: In a memoir titled Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank, Sinatra’s fourth and final wife, Barbara Marx Sinatra, claims the singer took at least 12 showers a day because he was so obsessed with being clean.

♦ Tipple twaddle: The wealthy widow, who was married to the singer for more than two decades (longer than his three previous wives put together), also claims drinking gin made him “mean,” so she would lock the door when she spotted the gin bottle in use.

♦ Dreesen data: Comedian Tom Dreesen, who was once an opening act for Sinatra, tells Sneed: “I was supposed to go to Barbara’s book signing party, but had to miss it because of coming to Chicago for my Sinatra show. In all the years I knew Frank, I never knew about the shower obsession — but I wasn’t married to him and she knew how to handle him better than anyone. He called her ‘My Barbara,’ and every time he got on a plane or went anywhere, he’d say: ‘I’ve got to call my Barbara.’ ” (Dreesen is appearing in his “Evening of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra” June 9-11 at the Ruth Page Theater.)

The good wife . . .

In search of real Chicago grit and gristle to sprinkle into the scripts of their hit CBS drama “The Good Wife,” the show creators, Robert and Michelle King, lunched with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez Thursday at Macy’s Walnut Room.

♦ Foreground: “The show is about the attorney wife of the Cook County state’s attorney so they wanted to know how Anita fielded marriage and kids and the media and police corruption and how Anita manages the office and to be sure their script terminology is correct,” said Alvarez spokeswoman Sally Daly.

♦ Background: The series, which is not filmed here, takes place in Chicago, and largely revolves around events at the 26th and California courthouse, which is where the Kings, who live in California, spent a lot of time Wednesday.

♦ The kicker: Don’t be surprised if Alvarez winds up in a cameo appearance.

A Biden bit . . .

Just in case you didn’t know why Veep Joe Biden told folks this week he was smart enough to marry an Italian-American, wife Jill’s family name was changed to Jacobs from Giacoppa by her paternal grandfather.

The Schwarzenegger file . . .

By golly, the news wires are going nuts about Maria and the Muscleman. Since the latest segment of “As the Worm Turns,” when it was disclosed Arnold Schwarzenegger had sired a son with the family housekeeper, the family opera is spewing soap spittle from various media outlets at an alarming rate. Such as:

♦ The couple’s eldest son, Patrick, 17, has moved out of the family’s $23 million compound home to a smaller apartment near his school.

♦ Mother, Maria Shriver, and the rest of the muscleman brood have temporarily relocated to a hotel.

♦ Maria is expected to file for divorce and was spotted seeking comfort last week from her pal, Irish bred U2 frontman Bono, who is very close to the Kennedy clan.

♦ HE’s still wearing his wedding ring; SHE is not.

♦ While it’s been reported Shriver has hired star attorney Laura Wasser, TMZ claims that Schwarzenegger has hired Bob Kaufman, another big-time Hollywood lawyer who helped Jennifer Aniston in her divorce from Brad Pitt.

This, folks, is gonna be an expensive bloodbath.

Sneedlings . . .

Today’s birthdays: Rafael Nadal, 25 and Anderson Cooper, 44.



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