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By Mahnuel Muñoz

Outside of the musical context, there were times when Frank Sinatra was better off if he was quiet.
One of the times when talking too much cost the singer a real fortune was in the early 1950s, a difficult time for him, as his artistic career was adrift and his personal life was also going through tumultuous days.

While on the payroll of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, he made a distasteful comment about actress and singer Ginny Simms, who was supposedly in a romantic relationship with the owner of the studios, Louis B. Mayer. Mayer had just suffered a serious fall while horseback riding, and Frank couldn’t think of anything other than to say that the tycoon had actually “fallen off Ginny Simms.” The joke reached Mayer, who immediately called Sinatra to his office.
Sinatra himself said:
I went over there and sat down, and Mayer, with tears in his eyes, said to me, ‘I love you like you were my own son. I’ve never had children.’
“I thought
,” Frank continues, “My God, he’s going to give me the studio to myself.” And then he added: ‘I heard you were telling a really funny joke about me and Ginny Simms. I want you to get out of here and never come back

Sinatra was shocked. His dismissal from Metro was the icing on the cake of his misfortune, but he deserved it. Never forget that sometimes silence is golden.

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