Saturday marked what would have been the 100th birthday of the legendary Frank Sinatra. In honor of the icon’s centennial milestone, filmmaker and Sinatra superfan Nancy Meyers paid tribute on Instagram.
“I proposed to this guy when I was 12,” she wrote. “I wrote him a letter c/o Capitol Records and remember telling him I’d become Italian for him — whatever that means. Life long crush. 12.12.15.”
Meyers told EW that she was holed up in her apartment with Sinatra CDs on rotation when she was working on What Women Want. She also recalled during a Hollywood Reporter-sponsored talk in 2013 that she included a lot of his music in the film. “I discovered that orange was one of his favorite colors,” she said. “It added something.”
See her tribute below.
Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on Dec. 12, 1915, and passed away at the age of 82 on May 14, 1998. Tony Bennet, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, and more gathered on Dec. 6 for a TV special on CBS called Sinatra 100 — An All-Star GRAMMY Concert to commemorate the icon.
Said executive vice president of specials, music, and live events at CBS Jack Sussman, “The name Frank Sinatra is synonymous with excellence that is timeless. As a performer, he possessed undeniable charisma and masterful artistry that resonate throughout generations.”