NEW YORK -- Frank Sinatra idolized Humphrey Bogart but had a secret affair with his wife, Lauren Bacall, as Bogart was dying of throat cancer, an unauthorized biography of Sinatra says.
In another juicy tidbit from the second excerpt of the book published in People magazine Sunday, actor Peter Lawford is quoted as saying Sinatra thought Nancy Reagan 'was a real right-wing John Birch Society nut -- dumb and dangerous.'
Sinatra unsuccessfully tried to block the book, 'His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra,' by Washington journalist Kitty Kelley. It was written without his cooperation from interviews with associates, colleagues and other sources.
Kelley said 'there was no one in Hollywood Frank admired more than Humphrey Bogart' but by the fall of 1956 'Frank was involved in a secret relationship with Lauren Bacall.'
Bogart died Jan. 14, 1957, and during that year Sinatra was frequently seen with Bacall. But Bacall told Kelley it wasn't until March 11, 1958, that he proposed marriage.
Bacall accepted and told a columnist before Sinatra could officially break the news, so enraging the singer he didn't speak to her again for six years, Kelley wrote.
The excerpt also said that during the 1950s and 1960s Sinatra introduced John Kennedy to several women. One was Judith Campbell, a woman who complained Sinatra's sex parties 'too kinky.'
According to the book, Kennedy and Campbell were set up by Sinatra in Las Vegas, Nev., in February 1960 and had a two-year affair that featured twice-a-day phone calls and several 'romantic interludes' in plush hotels around the country while Kennedy was president.
The book also describes several other Sinatra affairs, including a spate of liaisons following his divorce from Mia Farrow with Hope Lange, Lois Nettleton and Victoria Principal.