Sinatra: The Chairman Quotes.

1. "By all accounts, John Frankenheimer was singularly obsessed with The Manchurian Candidate, a film that, according to Daniel O’Brien, the director regarded as his first truly personal project, feeling that the story made an all too valid point regarding the political manipulation and conditioning of American society."
- James Kaplan, Sinatra: The Chairman

2. "In the car going home, I said, We should have stayed. Bogie said, No, we shouldn’t. You must always remember we have a life of our own that has nothing to do with Frank. He chose to live the way he’s living—alone. It’s too bad if he’s lonely, but that’s his choice. We have our own road to travel, never forget that—we can’t live his life."
- James Kaplan, Sinatra: The Chairman

3. "Why don’t you steal the pattern out of Kenton’s ‘23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West’? the trombonist, an alumnus of Stan Kenton’s big band, said."
- James Kaplan, Sinatra: The Chairman

4. "Then Frank said, ‘Have you ever heard that when five o’clock comes, it’s martini time? We could be right in the middle of a scene, but it’s over for me, because it’s martini time. Did you ever hear that?"
- James Kaplan, Sinatra: The Chairman

5. "I’m for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniel’s."
- James Kaplan, Sinatra: The Chairman

6. "the writer said that when the music began and I started to sing, I was honest. That says it as I feel it. Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe. I’m honest. If you want to get an audience with you, there’s only one way. You have to reach out to them with total honesty and humility. This isn’t a grandstand play on my part; I’ve discovered—and you can see it in other entertainers—when they don’t reach out to the audience, nothing happens. You can be the most artistically perfect performer in the world, but an audience is like a broad—if you’re indifferent, endsville."
- James Kaplan, Sinatra: The Chairman

7. "He swung so hard, you could’ve turned him upside down and shaken every piece of change out of his pocket, and he would have never missed a beat."
- James Kaplan, Sinatra: The Chairman

8. "In December, Angela Lansbury had been signed to play Raymond’s mother, the arch-villainess Eleanor Shaw Iselin. Apparently, Sinatra originally wanted Lucille Ball for the role, a fascinating casting notion, as Tom Santopietro points out: As Ball aged, she grew into an increasingly hardened performer, losing all traces of the vulnerability that so informed her brilliant multiyear run on television’s I Love Lucy. The resulting quality of toughness would have suited the role of [Eleanor] very well, although it is anyone’s guess whether or not Ball would have felt comfortable delving into the dark recesses of [her] warped character."
- James Kaplan, Sinatra: The Chairman

9. "Francis, I’d play the Godfather for you, he told the startled director. I wouldn’t do it for those guys at Paramount, but I’d do it for you."
- James Kaplan, Sinatra: The Chairman

10. "She stopped me cold when she said, ‘What color is the wind?’ "
- James Kaplan, Sinatra: The Chairman

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