USC spreadin' the news about Sinatra venue

HOLLYWOOD — The Chairman of the Board has been added to the list of luminaries — Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston and Steven Spielberg among them — whose names grace buildings on the University of Southern California campus.

The newly minted Frank Sinatra Hall is housed within the Eileen L. Norris Cinema Complex. On Monday night, the late singer-actor’s first wife, Nancy Sinatra, daughters Nancy and Tina Sinatra, Grammy-winning musician-producer Quincy Jones and Elizabeth Daley, the dean of USC’s School of Cinema-Television gathered to celebrate the new building.

Daley pointed out that donors lending their names to chairs in the hall have already contributed $61,000 toward the cinema-TV school’s endowment fund.

Jones told those in attendance that Ol’ Blue Eyes “is looking down on us with Miles, Ray Brown, Dizzy and Basie.” He then conducted a swinging student big band through a medley of tunes associated with Sinatra, including “Luck Be a Lady” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

An exhibit of items supplied by the Sinatra family to the hall includes such memorabilia as Sinatra’s gold and platinum records, his Oscar for “From Here to Eternity,” vintage lobby cards and rare stills from his films, citations from Billboard and Down Beat, and a family history that dates back to the Roman Empire.

Beginning Saturday, the collection will be permanently housed in the David L. Wolper Center in the Doheny Memorial Library.

Also on hand for the tribute were actresses Suzanne Pleshette and Stephanie Powers as well as philanthropist Barbara Davis.

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