December 13, 1997 in Nation/World

Old Blue E Lights 82 Candles

Associated Press

An ailing Frank Sinatra got three cakes Friday for his 82nd birthday - banana, coconut and Boston cream pie - and more than 100,000 greetings from around the world flooded his Internet site.

Sinatra and his wife, Barbara, spent the day together at their Beverly Hills mansion, spokeswoman Susan Reynolds said.

Friends and family were to visit Sinatra at home later Friday.

The messages sent to Sinatra’s official Web site were printed out, bundled into books and delivered to him.

Sinatra hasn’t been seen in public since he had a heart attack in January. Asked bout his health, Reynolds would say only that he was OK.

A nurse in a white uniform left the mansion briefly to take white orchids from a well-wisher. Asked how Sinatra was doing, she replied, “Fine, thank you.”

Across town, 32-year-old Sue Keys of Boston stood next to Sinatra’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a friend took her picture.

If she could give Sinatra a birthday wish, she said she hoped he could have “many, many more.”

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