#2. His parents were Italian immigrants
Sinatra’s mother, Natalina “Dolly” Garaventa, was the daughter of a lithographer from Genoa. A strong presence, she became an influential force in local Democratic circles. She worked as a midwife, and according to some reports, she also operated an illegal abortion service for Italian Catholics.
His father was Antonino Martino “Marty” Sinatra, a bantamweight boxer who fought under the name Marty O’Brien. He later worked as a firefighter for 24 years and worked his way up to Captain. In 1903, he arrived at Ellis Island with his mother and sisters. They joined his father, who had immigrated to the U.S. in 1900.