SINATRA'S OBSESSION with
Ava Gardneronly emphasized his weakness. Her own restless, wildly insecure nature was too similar to Frank's for there to ever be compromise. She was "a gorgeous nihilist," writes Kaplan. "Frank had found a true partner in the soap opera that was his life ... behind every move each of them made lay a fine and regal contempt for the banal established order of the world." Yet, despite this, it was impossible for them to stay together. "The contradictions would torment him till the end of his days."