Are They Real Retirements?

Celebrity retirements are often prearranged strategies to enhance a career. Frank Sinatra came back with more hair. Michael Jordan tried baseball and golf. Daniel Day-Lewis retires often.

Frank Sinatra Retired in 1971!

The only child of Italian immigrants, Natalie Della (Garaventa) and Antonio Martino Sinatra, Frank was raised in Hoboken, New Jersey. Being raised with Catholic values did not keep him from being mischievous. Frank was expelled from high school for rowdy conduct and never graduated.

Frank began his singing career at age 8. He sang for tips while standing on a bar at a local nightclub. During his long and illustrious career, he surprisingly never learned how to read music.

He worked as a delivery boy and later as a riveter at a local shipyard. Frank was arrested in 1938 for an affair with a married woman. Apparently, that was a crime then.

In 1939, Frank's first singing job was with the Harry James Orchestra. He earned $75 per week. Eventually Frank Sinatra became the singing "heart throb" of the 1940's.

Frank Sinatra had tremendous success throughout his singing and acting career. He had three children with his first wife, Nancy Barbato. He was also married to Ava Gardner, Mia Farrow and Barbara Marx.

In 1973, came out of retirement with noticeably more hair. He subsequently recorded several more albums prior to his death on May 14, 1998.

Michael Jordan, the Greatest Basketball Player - Ever!

Arguably the greatest basketball player ever in the NBA, Michael was a member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, national championship team in 1982.

Michael has a plethora of awards, including 10 scoring titles and 5 MVP's. Maybe his greatest accomplishment was the three-peat (1991-1993), (The Chicago Bulls won three consecutive NBA championships).

Michael chose to abruptly retire from basketball in 1993. He wanted to pursue a career in baseball. We all know now, that he was better on a basketball court than he would ever be in baseball.

He rejoined the Bulls two years later. With his trademark "fade-away jump shot" intact, he lead his team to another three-peat (1996-1998).

He retired again in 1999. But he was not done playing basketball just yet. He returned for a couple more seasons with the Washington Wizards in 2001.

Daniel Day-Lewis Retires Again and Again!.

The only person to win three best actor Oscars is retiring. Daniel Day-Lewis, who was born in 1957 and raised in London, is taking another leave of absence from acting. His Oscars were for his roles in My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Lincoln (2012).

In 1996, Daniel took a leave of absence from acting. He called it "semi-retirement". He sought out his favorite hobby, woodworking. His retirement led him to becoming an apprentice shoemaker in Florence, Italy.

Apparently Daniel Day-Lewis is both unconventional and unpredictable as he chooses to disappear from the public's eye from time to time. In February 2013, he again announced his retirement. This time to his Wicklow farm which is south of Dublin, Ireland. He claims he will be absent from films for five years.


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