galleryFrank Sinatra's Life and Loves11.03.10galleryFrank Sinatra's Life and LovesSinatra was in a slump when he met the beautiful Ava Gardner at a party. Soon they were driving through the night guns blazing, says James Kaplan in an excerpt from his new biography, Frank.11.03.10 6:23 PM ETKeystone / Getty Images,KeystoneSinatra and Gardner attending a Hollywood party in February 1952. Reg Birkett, Keystone / Getty Images,Reg BirkettSinatra and Gardner leaving London for a trip to Africa, where she was to make a film in November 1952. AP Photo,Gardner arranges Sinatra's bow tie at London's Washington Hotel on December 9, 1951, prior to their leaving for the Coliseum Theater for the "Midnight Matinee."AP Photo,EFSinatra poses for a photograph with Gardner at the gala debut of Ernest Hemingway's romantic adventure drama Snows of Kilimanjaro on September 18, 1952, at the Rivoli Theater in New York. Pictorial Parade / Getty Images,Pictorial ParadeGardner and Sinatra during a visit to Hawaii in the 1950s. Bill Dudas / MPTVFrank Sinatra is The Voice.John T. Burns / AP PhotoFans surround Frank Sinatra as he arrives in Pasadena, California, August 11, 1943, for Hollywood film and singing engagements.Michael Ochs Archives / Getty imagesThe iconic mug shot. Defiance, style, and the astonishing intelligence of the pale, wide-set eyes. Courtesy of Perseus BooksFrank Sinatra in Higher and Higher, 1943. Michael Ochs Archives / Getty ImagesFrank Sinatra and Gene Kelly play a couple of sailors on shore leave in MGM's Anchors Aweigh, 1945.Courtesy of Perseus BooksGloria DeHaven and Frank Sinatra in Step Lively, 1944. The Sinatras at home,1948.NY Daily News Archive / Getty ImagesFrank Sinatra and his wife Nancy at the Mocambo in Hollywood. Sid Avery / MPTVFrank recording at Capitol Studio C, West Hollywood.AP PhotoFrank Sinatra is seen in Las Vegas with new love interest, actress Ava Gardner. Sinatra split with his first wife, Nancy, to marry Gardner in 1951.Hulton Archive / Getty ImagesSinger Frank Sinatra and screen actress Ava Gardner cut their wedding cake following their marriage in Philadelphia, November 7, 1951.Hulton Archive / Getty ImagesSinatra and Donna Reed hold their Oscars for From Here to Eternity, 1954.AP PhotoAmerican actress Grace Kelly smiles as she points a camera at Frank Sinatra during a pause in production of the film High Society, January 19, 1956.Courtesy of Perseus BooksFrank Sinatra sings "You're Sensational" to Grace Kelly in High Society, 1956.AP PhotoAmerican singer and actor Frank Sinatra is presented to Queen Elizabeth II in the foyer of the Odeon Theater, Leicester Square, London, October 27, 1958, at the premiere of Danny Kaye's film, Me and the Colonel.