Archive for May, 2013

Audrey Meadows

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery (CA) with tags , on May 30, 2013 by Cade

Audrey Meadows The Honeymooners, c. 1955 - 1957

February 8, 1922 — February 3, 1996

If your one and only claim to fame is playing the straight foil to Jackie Gleason’s frenetic and iconic Ralph Kramden, then you’re still doing alright.  Audrey Meadows was a stage and TV actress who just happened to win the role of Alice Kramden despite being “too pretty.” Meadows played Alice a couple of times prior to The Honeymooners becoming a hit TV show and she never looked back.  Jackie and Audrey would revive the Kramdens ocassionally, even after the show went off the air.  It was truly a lifelong character.  She did, however, manage to make quite a nice non-Alice career for herself appearing on many shows including Murder, She Wrote, Too Close For Comfort and The Simpsons.  At the age of 73, Audrey died of lung cancer and was buried next to her husband, former Continental Airlines president, Bob Six.


Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Section F, Tier 29, Grave 58; About 30 rows down the hill from the large Pieta statue behind (north of) the Grotto section, keep an eye on the small, round markers that mark the tiers and grave numbers, these will guide you to her location.



Soupy Sales

Posted in Kensico Cemetery with tags , on May 30, 2013 by Cade

January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009

Milton Supman was a radio and television personality, actor and comedian who was known to the world by the nickname given to him as a boy: Soupy.  After hosting a number of local radio and TV shows, Sales started Lunch With Soupy on a Detroit local channel.  The show, which was a mélange of slapstick, puns, sight gags and pie throwing became a hit and in 1959, began to air nationally on ABC. After the show was canceled, there were additional local runs in Los Angeles and New York. Soupy continued to host a variety of shows – often at the same time as others  – throughout his career.  He was also an avid jazz fan and hosted a show called Soup’s On that featured a number of top jazz artists of the day.


Kensico Cemetery – Valhalla, NY

Specific Location

Friar’s Club Section; On Commerce Road, just north of a tree, a few rows up from the curb.


Dick Scobee

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on May 30, 2013 by Cade


May 19, 1939 – January 28, 1986

Commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger on its ill-fated final mission, Francis Richard “Dick” Scobee was an Air Force pilot and astronaut. A combat pilot during the Vietnam war, Scobee became a test pilot and was eventually selected to be a part of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He piloted Challenger on a successful mission – his only other – two years prior to the disaster. On January 28th, 1986, after a number of weather-related delays and under high pressure to get the shuttle into space to inaugurate the Teacher In Space program, Challenger finally lifted off.  Shortly after take off, an O-ring on one of the solid rocket boosters failed and the shuttle was destroyed.  Scobee and the rest of the crew were killed.


Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 46, Lot 1129-4, Grid O-23.5; To the west of the Memorial Amphitheater, just to the left of the large memorials for Challenger and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.


Isaac Hayes

Posted in Memorial Park Cemetery (TN) with tags on May 30, 2013 by Cade


August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008

Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. was an influential musician, producer and song-writer known for his funky blues style.  Though he wrote many songs for others, including the smash hit “Soul Man,” he was probably most known for his solo albums Hot Buttered Soul and Black Moses and certainly for his work on the motion picture soundtrack for 1971’s Shaft, for which he won 2 Grammys and an Academy Award.  Hayes enjoyed a somewhat odd career resurrection in the 1990’s when he voiced the character, Chef, on the long-running animated comedy South Park.  Through South Park, Hayes was able to connect to a new, younger audience and the character relied heavily on his distinctive deep voice and musical styling.  He left the show after a fight over the creators’ treatment of Scientology, the religion to which Hayes belonged.

In March of 2006, Hayes suffered a stroke. Two years later, just 10 days before his 66th birthday, he suffered another stroke while using a treadmill. He was found next to the treadmill unresponsive and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Memorial Park Cemetery – Memphis, TN

Specific Location

Highland Grotto section; Just across the road (to the east) of the large Cave Hill Grotto pool and fountain, Isaac’s large bronze marker is easy to spot.


Gordon Jump

Posted in El Toro Memorial Park with tags on May 30, 2013 by Cade


April 1, 1932 – September 22, 2003

Look.  Let’s just get it out of the way right up front.  Let’s choose to remember Gordon Jump for the lovable characters he created like WKRP in Cincinnati’s Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson or Chief Tinkler on Soap or even the ever-lonely Maytag Repairman from all of those commercials. Or, if we want to dig a little, we can appreciate his early radio career and numerous guest star appearances on dozens of television shows. Or we can even talk about his work in educational films for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Let’s just focus on the good stuff and avoid any conversation whatsoever about THAT episode of Diff’rent Strokes.

Yep. No reason to even bring it up.


El Toro Memorial Park – Lake Forest, CA

Specific Location

Centennial, 90-5; Toward the back of the cemetery in the northwest corner, Gordon’s grave is just under a tree and also by a family bench marked “JUMP”.


Art Carney

Posted in Riverside Cemetery with tags , on May 30, 2013 by Cade


November 4, 1918 – November 9, 2003

Art Carney was an immensely talented actor, mimic, comedian and singer. Over his 50+ year career, Carney delighted audience in every medium.  He began his career in radio, moved to television, stage, records and film.   He won an Academy Award in 1974 for his performance in Harry and Tonto.  Of course, his entire amazing career can probably be owed to the time he first met and worked with Jackie Gleason. Carney’s fame shot through the roof due to his portrayal of Ed Norton opposite Gleason on the wildly successful TV show, The Honeymooners.  The Honeymooners wasn’t the only time Carney and Gleason worked together, but it was by far the most widely known. Art continued to work well into his 70’s.  He died in his sleep at the age of 85.


Riverside Cemetery – Old Saybrook, CT

Specific Location

Roughly halfway along the eastern edge of the cemetery, right against the fence.


George Burns and Gracie Allen

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags , on May 28, 2013 by Cade


July 26, 1895 – August 27, 1964; January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996

One of the great comedy teams of all-time, Burns and Allen were vaudeville, radio, film and television legends.  They met in New Jersey and embarked on a career – and life – together that would entertain audiences for decades. George was the classic straight man to Gracie’s madcap comic.  They eventually made the jump from stage to film and television and moved their popular radio program, The Burns and Allen Show, to television, where it ran for 8 years.  In 1964, after a long battle with heart disease, Gracie said “Goodnight” and died. Leaving George to continue his career without his partner and wife.  If you’re anything like me, you grew up in the latter part of the 20th century only knowing Burns as the cigar-chomping, deadpan grandpa-like figure below.

burns1That’s the beauty of living 100 years, you can be known and loved by many different people for many different reasons. Despite everyone’s expectations of George living forever, the comedian finally reformed the team just a month or so after his 100th birthday.  After 32 years apart, the epitaph on their crypt says it all: “TOGETHER AGAIN”


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA

Specific Location

Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Heritage; Enter the mausoleum and take your first right, on the left will be the Sanctuary of Heritage, Gracie and George are on the right-hand side, second tier up and 4 spaces into the corridor, just two rows down and one space to the left of Nat King Cole.


Heather O’Rourke

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on May 28, 2013 by Cade


December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988

For all the glitz and glamour that is represented in a large cross-section of the population in tiny Westwood Memorial Park, there is also a fair amount of tragedy present. Many of the permanent residents there died way too young.  There’s no better example of that than Heather O’Rourke.  The adorable, blonde child star was made famous by her portrayal of Carol Anne in the Poltergeist film trilogy. She also went on to guest star on a number of mid-’80’s television shows.  Heather became sick in 1987 and was misdiagnosed with Crohn’s disease. In early 1988, at the age of 12, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital where she later died while in surgery for a congenital bowel obstruction – the true cause of her illness.

Heather was interred in Westwood, where her Poltergeist co-star, Dominique Dunne, was also buried just a few years earlier.


Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

On the western outside wall of the mausoleum section on the north side of the park, Heather’s crypt is on the bottom right corner of this wall, just 1 row below and one space to the right of Truman Capote.


Audie Murphy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags on May 26, 2013 by Cade


June 20, 1925 – May 28, 1971

Lieutenant Audie Leon Murphy was perhaps the most famous and one of the most decorated infantry soldiers from World War II. During his tours in the Mediterranean and Europe, Murphy received a number of honors including, but certainly not limited to, a Medal of Honor, THREE Purple Hearts, Silver Stars, Bronze Stars, a Legion of Merit…you get the picture. Audie Murphy was not messing around.  He was a true hero.

Despite post-war, life-long struggles with what would later become known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Murphy was able to parlay his poplularity into a 20 year career in flim. He mostly appeared in westerns and war films, and also played himself in his autobiographical flim To Hell and Back.  And just for good measure, he also wrote more than a dozen country and western songs.

Murphy continued to serve later in life in the Texas National Guard.  In May of 1971, Murphy and 5 others were killed when their plane crashed in the Virginia mountains.


Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 46 Lot 366-11 Grid O/P-22.5; Behind the Memorial Ampitheater (on the opposite side as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) just off the road, there’s a small sidewalk that directs visitors to Murphy’s grave.


Lorne Greene

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on May 24, 2013 by Cade


February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987

Lorne Greene was born Lyon Himan Green in Ottawa, Ontario.  He began acting in college and found himself on the radio as a newsreader.  His solemn and gruff voice led him to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he read news broadcasts of Canada’s involvement in World War II.  He quickly transitioned his talent to the stage and, eventually, the television screen.  His biggest role was that of patriarch Ben Cartwright on the long-running series Bonanza.  He later played Commander Adama on the original Battlestar Galactica movie and television series and also hosted his own nature series, Lorne Greene’s New Wilderness.  Lorne died of pneumonia at the age of 72.


Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Courts of the Book, Block 5, Plot 800, Grave 8; Behind the main mausoleum, there is a sidewalk with wall crypts on the right and a narrow lawn on the left, Lorne is buried roughly in the middle of this lawn section, coincidentally, not far at all from Bonanza co-star, Michael Landon and across the sidewalk from Dinah Shore.