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Buster Keaton

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on August 7, 2013 by Cade

keaton1October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966

Joseph Frank Keaton, known to the world as “Buster,” was one of the biggest names in comedy throughout the silent film era of the late 1910’s and ’20’s. Keaton got his start as a boy in vaudeville being thrown around stage by his father…seriously. His time spent onstage with his parents taught a young Buster the art of physical comedy. A talent which he would parlay into film and go on to become one of the most iconic comedians of all time.  His classic deadpan expression belied the hysterical goings-on around him in most of his films which only made them funnier.  He was named one of the best directors in the history of film by Entertainment Weekly and has been praised by everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to critic Roger Ebert. Despite a stretch of depression after his transition to talking pictures (his issues were with the studio’s control of his creativity, not with the medium itself) Keaton enjoyed a long career up until his death from lung cancer at the age of 70.  Buster Keaton’s influence on comedy to this day simply cannot be measured. He set the bar for everyone from the Three Stooges to Jackie Chan. His shadow looms large even now, nearly a century after he first appeared.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Courts of Liberty, George Washington Section, Court of Valor, Lot 5512; Just to the right (west) of the northern entrance to the Courts of Liberty, before you go up the first set of steps, Buster is buried 7 spaces to the right of the sidewalk as you are facing the Washington statue, right along the wall.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (MA) with tags , , , on August 6, 2013 by Cade

emerson1May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882

One of the leaders of the American Transcendentalist movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson was an important poet, lecturer and essayist.  In addition to his popular essay collections that centered on self-reliance and an intellectual approach to God and the soul, he published a number of poems, most notably “The Rhodora” and “Concord Hymn” about the battles of Lexington and Concord, the beginnings of the American Revolutionary War.  He had close friendships with fellow Transcendental contemporaries like Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman and was a major influence on both personally and in their writings. Emerson was also a very vocal proponent of the abolition of slavery and spent much of the Civil War lecturing to its cause. After many years of issues with his memory, he finally withdrew from public appearances out of shame. In 1882, Emerson died of pneumonia in his home.

Burial

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – Concord, MA

Specific Location

Authors Ridge; Follow the signs to the ridge, Emerson is buried to the west of the other writers between Ridge Path and Hillside Ave.

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