Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner were married from 1951 to 1957. Frank left his "good" catholic wife Nancy (mother of Nancy and Frank Jr.) for "femme fatale" Ava, who had already been married twice (to child star Mickey Rooney and to band leader Artie Shaw). Frank and Ava had a highly publicized relationship, with reports of abortions, obsessive jealousy, violent fighting and one suicide attempt by Sinatra. All these events led the couple to divorce in six years after their marriage. But they remained friends forever, and Sinatra even paid her costly medical expenses after she went through 2 strokes in 1986. Picture by Stringer/Hulton Archive/Getty Images, taken in 1951.