Archive for April, 2013

Billy Preston

Posted in Inglewood Park Cemetery with tags on April 28, 2013 by Cade


September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006

William Everett Preston was a celebrated studio musician (piano/organ – mainly) who worked with an astonishing list of artists that includes Little Richard, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash and The Beatles.  It was his work with the latter during the “Let it Be” and “Abbey Road” sessions that led to his unofficial designation as “the fifth Beatle.1” He also played extensively with The Rolling Stones both live and in the studio.  Not bad.

Life outside of music wasn’t all that great.  Legal  and substance abuse issues plagued Preston for years, but he continued playing and contributing with some of the most influential musicians ever until the end.  His health deteriorated, however, and he died of kidney failure at the age of 59.


Inglewood Park Cemetery – Inglewood, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Peace 151-B; The Garden of Peace is a series of outdoor mausoleums at the south end of the park, Billy is buried on the west side of the southernmost building (E), tier 151.


1 – Along with a number of others who also can claim it.


Norman Fell

Posted in Mt. Sinai Memorial Park with tags , on April 27, 2013 by Cade

Portrait of Actor Norman Fell

March 24, 1924 – December 14, 1998

Norman Fell was a well-loved character actor who made appearances in many films including Catch-22, The Graduate, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and the original Ocean’s 11 (the one with Sinatra and co.) But, he is most known to television audiences as half of the original landlord couple, Stanley and Helen Roper, on the ’70s hit, Three’s Company.  Even after the disastrous spin-off, The Ropers, people still loved Norman.  He continued to work in TV and film and even reprised Mr. Roper on an episode of Ellen a year before his death.


Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Heritage, Columbarium of Tradition, Niche 1601A; around the corner to the right of the huge mural is a wall of niches, Norman’s niche is 7 rows up and 3 spaces in from the left corner edge.



Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on April 27, 2013 by Cade


May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987

Władziu Valentino Liberace was a slightly eccentric and subtly flamboyant pianist and entertainer. He was known for his modest costumes and occasional use of candelabras and jewels.  Liberace was not even remotely sparkly. And, despite all of his obvious understated-ness, he was still known to many as “Mr. Showmanship.”  I guess I just don’t see it.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Remembrance; Enter the court’s main entrance, through to the 2nd area, Liberace is buried in the large, white sarcophagus on the right of the main sidewalk.


Rita Hayworth

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery with tags on April 27, 2013 by Cade


October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987

Actress, dancer and all-around bombshell, Rita Hayworth, captivated Hollywood audiences throughout the 1940s and ’50s. Glamorous and talented, she was the quintessential Golden-era beauty. Her personal life was quite public and tremendously busy.  She once quipped that men “fell in love with [her iconic character] Gilda, but they wake up with me.”  She was married five times, including to actor/director Orson Welles and Prince Aly Khan.  Rita struggled with alcohol most of her life. She died from complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 68.


Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Grotto, L196, 6; in the small lawn section immediately to the east of the main grotto alter, 2 rows up from the sidewalk.


Karl Malden

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on April 26, 2013 by Cade


March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009

Mladen George Sekulovich was born in Chicago into a Serbian family. At the age of 22, he changed his name to Karl Malden and embarked on a 60 year film career that gave us iconic movies like A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, Gypsy and How the West Was Won.  Malden also worked in television and notably hawked American Express cards in the ’70’s and ’80’s.  Throughout his career, he earned a number of awards, including an Oscar for his role in Streetcar. And, he has a post office named after him. Karl passed away in his home at the age of 97.


Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Rose Garden; Just south of the southern road in the park is a row of garden plots facing north, at the eastern end of these plots is another, perpendicular row of plots that faces east, Karl is buried in the 3rd space on the right as you go south down this row.


David Carradine

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags , on April 26, 2013 by Cade

Obit Carradine

December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009

He was Caine.  He was Bill.  He was the Barefoot Legend.

A prominent pop-culture figure, actor and martial artist David Carradine’s career spanned decades in television, film and even music. He is probably best known for his role in the TV series, Kung Fu, and to younger audiences, as the titular boss/revenge target in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies.

Carradine was in Bangkok, Thailand shooting a film when he was discovered hanging in his hotel room closet.  Details aren’t necessary in this space, but let’s just say that autoerotic asphyxiation is no joke, kids.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Lincoln Terrace, Lot 5144, Space 1; As you walk into the Lincoln Terrace, enter the second garden section to your right (north), David’s grave is next to a tree just to the left of the center of this section.


Charles Bronson

Posted in Brownsville Cemetery with tags on April 21, 2013 by Cade


November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003

Born Charles Dennis Buchinsky, Charles Bronson was a classic Hollywood tough guy.  In addition to starring turns in such iconic movies as The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent SevenThe Great Escape and Death Wish, he was also a B-29 gunner in World War II. He received a Purple Heart.  He was a total badass.

Alas, even badasses get pneumonia and die.  Which is just what Bronson did after a successfully lengthy career and a brief battle with Alzheimer’s.


Brownsville Cemetery – Windsor, VT

Specific Location

Along the trees at the northern-most point of the cemetery; clearly marked with an iron bench and two large flower planters.


Babe Ruth

Posted in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with tags , , on April 13, 2013 by Cade


February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948

Look, I hate the Yankees.  I have hated the Yankees my whole life.  I HATE, hate them. Hate.

But, George Herman Ruth transcends mere pinstripes.  He is perhaps the most famous baseball player of all time.  Brandishing nicknames like “The Great Bambino,” “The Sultan of Swat” and – most simply and memorably – “Babe,” he dominated the game for 20 years.  He set records for nearly every conceivable hitting category and was instrumental in the explosion of baseball’s popularity.  Despite the uniform, he deserves all the accolades he has been given.

Besides, without Babe Ruth, the movie The Sandlot wouldn’t make  any sense at all. And that would be sad.


Gate of Heaven Cemetery– Valhalla, NY

Specific Location

Section 25, Plot 1115; Up the hill on the main road in the cemetery, turn right at Section 25, Babe’s grave is on your left about 50 feet from the road.


Ricardo Montalbán

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery with tags , , on April 8, 2013 by Cade


November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro “KHAAAANNN!” Montalbán y Merino, the Mexican-born actor who literally invented a fake type of leather, was probably best known to American television audiences as the charming Mr. Roarke on the 1970’s-’80’s ABC series, Fantasy Island. Of course, hanging out in trippy paradise with Hervé Villechaize wasn’t Montalbán’s only claim to fame. He also rose to pop-culture infamy by portraying Khan in both the TV and motion picture versions of Star Trek. But, the man who killed Spock also enjoyed a lucrative career on both sides of the Rio Grande starring in dozens of movies – often as an Asian character…for some reason.  Ricardo died of congestive heart failure at the age of 88 in Los Angeles.


Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Section EE, Tier 3, grave 21; At the extreme northern edge of the park, Ricardo and his wife are buried in the 3rd row up from the curb about 50 ft from the western edge of the section.


Larry Fine

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags , on April 8, 2013 by Cade


October 5, 1902 – January 24, 1975

Louis Feinberg – known to the world as Larry Fine – was a vaudeville and film entertainer who was a member of the classic comedy team, The Three Stooges. Larry was asked by creator Ted Healy to join brothers Moe and Shemp Howard1 in their stage act. He said ‘yes’ and the rest was history.

Away from the Stooges, Larry was a carefree spirit, the life of any party…and a rotten business man. A gambling addiction and purposely living in hotels didn’t help financial matters much.  Fine continued to work as a Stooge in many iterations for most of his life. Health issues confined him to a wheelchair the last several years and he died at the age of 72.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA

Specific Location

Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Liberation; Lower level of the mausoleum, turn right into the main, north/south hallway and the Sanctuary of Liberation will be the second hall on your right, Larry is buried on the left side of this hall on the bottom row.


1 – Shemp soon went solo and was replaced by younger brother, Curly – finalizing the classic line-up.