Author J. Randy Taraborrelli in his book, “Sinatra: Behind the Legend” tells the story of a time that Sinatra once threw a clock through one of his glass-paned doors at this home. The reason? He lost a 4 a.m. game of charades.
According to the author, Barbara Marx, Sinatra’s fourth and final wife, proudly declared “Time’s up” when Sinatra couldn’t get his team to guess what he was trying to mime. In an act of Sinatra’s notoriously volatility, he grabbed the clock from Marx and chucked it through one of the glass doors, sending springs and glass flying.
During the following tense moments, comic Pat Henry broke the ice by saying he finally got what Sinatra was trying to convey: “As Time Goes By,” he said, and defused the situation.