Frank Sinatra’s assistant has revealed juicy details in a new book how he was ordered to break off the singer’s many love affairs with stunning women during 50 years of dirty work.
Tony Consiglio's interviews are the basis from a new book Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years, released following his death in 2008. It tells of his 50 years working for his former high school friend from Hoboken, New Jersey.
Consiglio told of one episode where the American singer ordered him to throw a plate of spare ribs covered in sauce in the face of a glamorous starlet he was dating.
The memorable incident happened when the two friends were drinking at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
The actress who was romantically involved with Sinatra had earlier offended him with her political views. When she went to slip into sexy negligee, the singer ordered Consiglio to follow her up to the hotel room with a special request.
“I went to her room and knocked on the door. She opened the door wearing a beautiful light chiffon dressing gown over a transparent white negligee...I told her that I was sorry to bother her, and that Frank had insisted that I deliver the spareribs,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
“When she reached out for the plate I hit her in the face with the ribs, sauce and all. I apologised again and went back to the suite,” he told the New York Post.
Consiglio told about his many years by Sinatra’s side in a series of interviews before his death in 2008. For years he had been known as the ‘Clam’ for keeping his boss’s secrets.
Even after Sinatra’s death in 1998, Consiglio kept the star’s secrets - only opening up in the months before his own death ten years later.
The loyal employee also revealed one incident where Sinatra sent him to find his then wife Ava Gardner’s wedding ring after she threw it out of a 14-story hotel room window during an explosive fight.
As Sinatra and Gardner made up, Consiglio checked the New York sidewalk with a flashlight for hours and eventually found the ring under a fire hydrant.
According to the valet, he enjoyed taking care of Sinatra’s day-to-day needs and kept up to 20,000 dollars in his pockets to deal with Sinatra’s ever-changing whims.
In another legendary incident, Sinatra decided that he didn’t want Consiglio to be gambling despite the fact he wasn’t working at the time.
He dutifully obeyed but Consiglio’s loyalty did not go unrewarded this time.
Consiglio recalled that within the hour, a ‘tall blonde’ was sent to his hotel room, to make sure he didn’t return to the casino - causing him to remain in his room for three days.