Piccadilly Circus London 1940 
Photo: Bill Brandt 

Bela Lugosi as Dracula (1931)

He was as soft as butter when it came to animals. He always had been. He’d stop someone treading on a bug by telling them, ‘Hey don’t kill the little fella. That’s a pal of mine.’ He was upset when I had one of our houseboys kill a rattlesnake up at Pinyon Crest after I found it hissing at Miss Wiggles. When we visited a friend in Acapulco who had a pet shark, Frank persuaded him to release it into the ocean. He loved cats too, and would sit in his pajamas doing a crossword with a sleeping puss we had named Bozo draped around his shoulders. When one of our King Charles spaniels named Melissa was run over by a hit-and-run driver outside our house, we were both terribly upset, but Frank placed an advertisement in the local newspaper appealing for witnesses. Luckily for that careless driver, no one ever came forward to ever identify him. -Barbara Sinatra

Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)