Peter Lorre

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags on October 22, 2018 by Cade

June 26, 1904 – March 23, 1964

Born in Vienna, Peter Lorre (László Löwenstein) was already on his way to stardom in Europe appearing on the German stage as well as in films including – most notably – Fritz Lang’s 1931 chiller, M. Then in 1933, the Nazis took control of Germany and Lorre fled to England where he was able to continue his career. He appeared in Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much before sailing to the United States. In Hollywood, Lorre found success in bit roles and B-movies usually playing sinister foreign characters. In 1941, he went to work for Warner Bros. in the John Huston classic The Maltese Falcon. The film changed the trajectory of Lorre’s career and he went on to appear in numerous films with co-stars Humphrey Bogart, Claude Raines and Syd Greenstreet including the all-time opus, Casablanca. His post-World War II career waned, but he kept busy. He appeared in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a few Roger Corman movies and other radio, TV and film performances. After battling gallbladder issues most of his life (which also led to an addiction to morphine) Lorre died of a stroke at the age of 59.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Cathedral Mausoleum, Corridor C, Alcove of Reverence, niche 5, tier 1; Enter the mausoleum and take the 2nd right. Along the left side toward the end of this hallway is a section of wall niches, Peter is in the bottom row, just 5 spaces before the final corridor on your left.

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Anton Yelchin

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags , , on October 19, 2018 by Cade

March 11, 1989 – June 19, 2016

The infamous and hypothetical Forever 27 club doesn’t discriminate. While the most well-known members are musicians who battled substance abuse or other demons, the club also contains artists and actors who just got unlucky. Rising star, Anton Yelchin, joined the club in 2016 after breakthrough roles in Terminator Salvation and 2009’s Star Trek reboot (as well as two of its sequels). Yelchin portrayed Chekov, the young navigator for the U.S.S. Enterprise – the role made famous in the original TV series by Walter Koenig. The son of Russian figure skaters, Yelchin fell into acting early and appeared in a number of television shows and films outside the Star Trek franchise. He was also a musician and a voice actor. In June of 2016 – a month before his 3rd Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond, released – Yelchin was pinned between his jeep and a brick wall when the vehicle unexpectedly rolled back in his driveway. As a result of this accident, Anton Yelchin died and a promising young career and life was cut short.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Legends – At the south end of the lake, Anton’s memorable marker shows a scale statue of himself overlooking the water.

 

Paul Walker

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on October 16, 2018 by Cade

September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013

Look. I’m not above “low-hanging-fruit” jokes. It would be EASY to make a The Fast and the Furious joke at the expense of Paul Walker. The fact that he was most widely-known for his starring role in the drift-happy street racing film franchise AND happened to die in a souped-up Porsche on a curve well known for high-speed drifting is RIFE with irony. It wouldn’t be right, mind you. But, it WOULD be obvious and lazy. I COULD spend some time researching his early roles in movies like Varsity Blues and She’s All That or write about his charity work…but that would take some effort. Oh, hey, speaking of charities, on November 30, 2013, Paul Walker left a charity event in a Porsche driven by his long-time friend and financial adviser. Shortly thereafter, something not at all ironic happened and now there’s an entry on this blog about him. Hollywood.

Burial

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court Of Liberty, Gardens of Heritage, Semi-Private Garden 393; Walk past the central statue of George Washington, up (south) 2 terraces, then turn left through three garden sections. In the 3rd section, look for a white statue on your left with the name KARAYAN on it. Paul is buried just past this statue on your left. OR just park on Ascension Road at the southern-most sidewalk, enter the garden using this sidewalk and look immediately to your right.

Robert B. Sherman

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on October 15, 2018 by Cade

December 19, 1925 – March 6, 2012

Even if you don’t know the name Robert Sherman, you CERTAINLY know his and his brother’s contribution to American popular culture. Any devoted Disney fan could rattle off a laundry list of songs that Robert and Richard Sherman wrote:
“Chim Chim Cher-ee”
“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
“I Wan’na Be like You”
“The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers”
“The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room”
“It’s a Small World (After All)”
…and that’s just a sample. Walt Disney used the Sherman Brothers almost exclusively for his movies and theme park attractions. And the songs have remained classics from the very beginning.

Robert Sherman was a Purple Heart medal recipient during World War II. He was a talented artist and writer and he came from a very musical family. He and his brother followed their father’s love for songwriting where they found their calling. In the end, Robert and Richard won two Academy Awards and countless other accolades and nominations. Their songs, both with Disney and after, have charmed generations. Robert died in London at the age of 86.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Canaan Garden Mausoleum, Crypt H303; one full section to the right (east) of the center of this area, Robert is buried in the south-facing corner where the wall turns 90° south, 3rd row up.

Clifton Webb

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags on October 12, 2018 by Cade

November 19, 1889 – October 13, 1966

Clifton Webb was already a 20+ year veteran of the Broadway stage – where he starred in memorable classics like As Thousands Cheer, Blithe Spirit and the Gershwins‘ Treasure Girl – when he landed his first major film role in 1944’s noir classic, Laura, opposite Gene Tierney. Webb’s portrayal of the charismatic newspaperman in the film earned him his first of three Academy Award nominations. He went on to co-star in a number of successful movies, most notably playing the FIRST screen version of the fictional nanny Mr. Belvedere in a series of three movies from 1948-1951. Clifton was gay and therefore never married or had children. He was close friends with playwright/actor Noël Coward – appearing in a number of his productions – and a young Robert Wagner considered him a mentor. Following the death of his mother in 1960, Webb spent the remaining years of his life in deteriorating health and as a recluse. He died of a heart attack in his Beverly Hills home at the age of 76.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Peace; enter the Sanctuary of Peace to the left (south) of the main doors of the mausoleum, Clifton is buried on the left 2 rows up, 5 spaces past the side corridor on the left-hand side.

Estelle Getty

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags , on October 10, 2018 by Cade

July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008

All you need is one role.

For 10 years, Estelle Getty portrayed the wise-cracking octogenarian Sophia Petrillo over the course of four television shows: The Golden Palace, Empty Nest, Nurses and The Golden Girls.  It was, of course, on The Golden Girls where audiences met and fell in love with the irascible Sicilian mother of Bea Arthur’s Dorothy. Getty won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance and was nominated many other times. Prior to landing the role of Sophia, Getty made the usual TV rounds of the late ’70s and ’80s with appearances on shows like Fantasy Island, Newhart and Cagney & Lacey. She infamously appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone in the Razzie Award winning (that’s not a good thing for those who don’t know) 1992 comedy Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. But, it was always as Sophia that audiences would best remember her. Due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, Getty retired from acting and public life in 2000. She died in 2008 at the age of 84.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Section 14, Row CC, Grave 88; take Pineland Avenue south from the main entrance until it starts to curve to the left, stop and Estelle’s large marker can be seen on your right, behind a row of hedges.

Hank Greenberg

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , , on October 8, 2018 by Cade

January 1, 1911 – September 4, 1986

Hank Greenberg was a Hall of Fame baseball player who is widely regarded as one of the best sluggers of the 1930s and ’40s. Nicknamed “Hammerin’ Hank” (or “The Hebrew Hammer”) he was a 5-time All-Star, 2-time league MVP and won 2 World Series titles with the Detroit Tigers. He led the American League in home runs 4 times. Despite his historic success and consistent numbers, Greenberg is perhaps most fondly remembered for the nearly 4-year period in the middle of his career when he left baseball to serve in the Army before and during the United States’ involvement in World War II. After his military service concluded, he returned to the field and continued posting impressive stats. After 11 seasons in Detroit and a final year in Pittsburgh, Greenberg retired. His final career batting average was .313 and he hit a total of 331 home runs. Only history can speculate what those numbers would have looked like if he’d played the entire time. He went on to work in the Cleveland organization where he was instrumental in the continuing integration of African-American players into Major League Baseball. He died of kidney cancer at the age of 75.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Courts of the Book, Isaiah, Wall V, Crypt 340; Along the wall of outside wall crypts, Hank is buried in section V, 3rd row up in the far left column of a section of darker marble crypts.

Rudolph Valentino

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags on October 5, 2018 by Cade

May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926

Before Michael Jackson. Before Elvis. Before Marilyn. There was Valentino.

Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguella, known to the world as “Rudolph Valentino” was an Italian-born silent film actor who was an international sex symbol and one of the first Hollywood superstars. And his life and career had all the trappings of a Hollywood superstar: getting caught up in a murder in New York, fleeing to Los Angeles and stumbling into the motion picture industry, marrying too many women at the same time. You know, the standard tropes. His exotic good looks and dancing ability enabled him to play a range of characters from a sheik in 1921’s The Sheik to a Spanish bullfighter in 1922’s Blood and Sand. He worked predominantly with Famous Players-Laskey corporation (which would eventually become Paramount Pictures) and famously went on strike against them to earn a better wage more comparable to his contemporaries as well as creative control over his projects. Despite the tumultuous relationship, Valentino and Famous Players enjoyed critical successes and his fan-base  – of mostly women – grew. His critics debated whether he was “masculine” enough, which was something that he couldn’t stand. He even challenged a Chicago Tribune writer to a boxing match to prove his manliness. At the age of 31, Valentino was admitted to a New York hospital where he was diagnosed with peritonitis (the same thing that killed Houdini a few months later – 1926 was a bad year for swollen abdomens apparently) and pleurisy. After more than a week in the hospital, Rudolph Valentino died. His funeral set off riots and caused despondent fans to commit suicide. It was the original celebrity death circus. His body was moved to California and he was temporarily buried in a friend’s crypt that she had bought for her husband. Fast forward almost a century and he’s still there. His grave is one of the most visited graves in the world – most notably by a fabled and timeless “woman in black” who regularly pays her respects with a single rose.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Cathedral Mausoleum – Crypt #1205 – Enter the mausoleum and take the second left. Walk to the end of this corridor and take the last right. Valentino is buried at the end of this corridor on your left, 3 rows up, next to the stained-glass window.

 

Wayne Rogers

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on October 3, 2018 by Cade

April 7, 1933 – December 31, 2015

Sometimes, you just have to walk away. That’s exactly what Wayne Rogers did in 1975 when he left the massively successful sitcom, M*A*S*H after playing “Trapper” John McIntyre for the show’s first 72 episodes. Similar to fellow M*A*S*H alumnus (and fellow season 3 departer,) McLean Stevenson, Rogers – despite enjoying his time on the show immensely – grew tired of constantly playing second fiddle to Alan Alda’s “Hawkeye” Pierce. When signing on to do the show, he was promised that Trapper and Hawkeye would be equals, but as time went on, Rogers felt that Alda was getting all the good lines and all the good moments and it was time to leave the 4077th.  In the end, Rogers had a fine post-M*A*S*H career and even went on to a very successful livelihood in finance, becoming both an investor and regular panelist on the Fox Business Network. At the age of 82, Rogers died of pneumonia on New Years Eve.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Just to the south of the Sanctuary of Remembrance on the east side of the park, there’s an exterior corridor of wall crypts. Wayne is buried on the right as you enter, in the first column, 5 spaces up.

 

 

Eleanor Powell

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags , on October 1, 2018 by Cade

November 21, 1912 – February 11, 1982

Once – and perhaps always – the greatest tap dancer in the world, Eleanor Powell shuffled and clicked her way from Broadway to Hollywood. Her transition from stage to screen wasn’t idyllic. She initially disliked the the film-making culture and process and when MGM came calling, she made unreasonably high demands to avoid being signed. MGM did not care. They met her demands and she went on to shine in many of the studio’s golden age musicals alongside the likes of Fred Astaire, Nelson Eddy and Jimmy Stewart. After marrying actor Glenn Ford, Eleanor spent much of her time raising their son. She briefly returned to film in 1952 before making a few television appearances and live shows for the rest of her career. She died in 1982 of ovarian cancer, but not before her work was introduced to a whole new generation through the That’s Entertainment! documentary series.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Cathedral Mausoleum, Foyer niche 432, tier 3; Enter the mausoleum and proceed directly to the back of the main foyer, Eleanor’s ashes are interred in a book on your left, just before the statue of St. Peter.