Archive for May, 2014

Alan Ladd

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags , on May 22, 2014 by Cade

Disclaimer: The last time I visited Forest Lawn Glendale and the Freedom Mausoleum, this blog wasn’t even a thought in my mind. So, there were a number of graves I visited but didn’t photograph. I hesitated to write a post about these celebrities, but, in the end, figured “why not?”. This is one of those posts.


ladd1September 3, 1913 – January 29, 1964

Alan Walbridge1 Ladd was an athletic young man who struggled to catch a break in the film industry (due, largely, to his lack of height.) But, once he did, he came to personify the genres in which he worked. After a bit part in a small film called Citizen Kane, Ladd found steady work in westerns and gangster movies throughout the 1940’s and ’50’s. It was the former that landed him his most iconic role, that of the titular drifter in Shane. Alan often costarred with the beautiful – and equally diminutive – Veronica Lake. The pair made seven films together. Many of which are Film Noir classics. Ladd sort of redefined the tough guy character in Hollywood at the time. He gave the stereotype a much more suave and attractive persona than it had had in years past. In January of 1964, at the age of 50, Alan Ladd was found dead of an acute overdose of a lethal mixture of drugs and alcohol. His death was ruled an accident.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA

Photo - A.J. Marik, Find-a-Grave

Photo – A.J. Marik, Find-a-Grave

Specific Location

Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Heritage; Enter the mausoleum and take your first right, on the left will be the Sanctuary of Heritage, Alan is on the right-hand side, third tier up and 2 spaces into the corridor, directly above Clara Bow and Rex Bell.


1 – Seriously considering renaming my kid right now.


Natasha Richardson

Posted in Saint Peter's Episcopal Cemetery with tags , , on May 8, 2014 by Cade

richardson1May 11, 1963 – March 18, 2009

“Darling. I’ve taken a tumble in the snow.”

Natasha Jane Richardson was born into an incredibly famous and talented family. Her mother is actress Vanessa Redgrave and her father director Tony Richardson. Her great-grandfather, maternal grandparents, aunt and sister are all in the business. Of course, she was going to be an actor. Natasha’s career spanned 5 decades. She is perhaps best known for her films The Parent Trap, Maid in Manhattan and Nell and for her Tony-winning performance as Sally in the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret. Richardson was married twice, most notably to her second husband, Irish actor, Liam Neeson.  In March of 2009, Natasha was taking a ski lesson in Quebec when she fell and struck her head. She temporarily recovered and refused medical treatment, but hours later – after a period of relative lucidity – complained of a headache and went to the hospital. The next day she was airlifted to a New York City hospital where she never recovered and died from an epidural hematoma related to the head injury. She was just 45. Wear a helmet, kids.


Saint Peter’s Episcopal Cemetery – Lithgow, NY


Specific Location

At the northeastern edge of the cemetery, stop when the road turns to grass and Natasha’s highly-visible marker is to your right along the trees, just a few yards to the southeast of her aunt and grandmother.stpeters_richardson


Franklin D. Roosevelt

Posted in Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site with tags , on May 7, 2014 by Cade

fdr1January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945

The former Governor of New York and 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the only President to have served more than two terms and be elected FOUR times. Of, course, with term limits now in place, no President will ever again get the chance to do that. FDR was more than just the name of a highway. His optimism and overcome-all-odds spirit helped pull the U.S. out of the grips of the Great Depression. His New Deal policies shaped modern American society and transformed the political landscape of the country for decades. Of course, he was in office when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor (his famous “Day of Infamy” speech is one of the most recognized in history) and throughout the build up and eventual engagement of America’s participation in World War II.  He was dear friends with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and their relationship greatly affected the outcome of the war. Outside of the Oval Office, Roosevelt had his share of drama. He contracted polio in 1921 and lost the use of his legs. Choosing not to go the way of the invalid, he never let the handicap define him. He was married to Eleanor Roosevelt (no relation…sort of). The two had a fascinating marriage that had it all: infidelity, mommy-issues, lesbian love-cottages. Despite the deteriorating intimacy, they remained married and continued a fairly strong political and social alliance. In April of 1945, just a few months into his fourth term as President – and just as WWII was about to boil over – an exhausted FDR collapsed while resting and posing for a portrait in his Warm Springs, GA retreat. He suffered a massive stroke and died a few hours later. His mistress may or may not have been at his side when he passed. His wife was assuredly not. Either way, it was truly the end of an era.


Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site – Hyde Park, NY

Specific Location

In the rose garden between the Presidential Library and the Roosevelt home, Springwood.


Lynn Redgrave

Posted in Saint Peter's Episcopal Cemetery with tags on May 6, 2014 by Cade

redgrave1March 08, 1943 – May 02, 2010

As a prominent third generation member of the famous British acting family, Lynn Rachel Redgrave followed – alongside sister, Vanessa – in the footsteps of her grandfather, Roy, and her mother and father, Rachel and Michael as a performer. Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Lynn quickly made a splash in regional theatre and on the West End. The transition to film was natural and her early roles in such classics as Tom Jones and Gregory Girl earned her high praise and award nominations. A sprawling, nearly five decade career followed that saw Lynn back on the stage, in films and on television, oftentimes appearing with her sister or her husband, John Clark. Lynn had very little trouble keeping the Redgrave name in the spotlight. Her work was prolific. Fun fact, she is the only person to have been nominated for all four awards of the fabled “EGOT” without ever winning any. Sometimes you can’t have it all.

Lynn died after a lengthy bout with breast cancer at the age of 67. She was buried next to her mother.


Saint Peter’s Episcopal Cemetery – Lithgow, NY

Specific Location

At the northern edge of the cemetery, when the road turns to grass, stop and Lynn is buried in front of you at the back of the cemetery, just to the right (south) of her mother, Rachel, just a few yards to the northwest of her niece, Natasha Richardson.


Sal Mineo

Posted in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with tags , on May 5, 2014 by Cade

mineo1January 10, 1939 – February 12, 1976

Salvatore Mineo, Jr. skyrocketed to stardom in his breakout role as Plato opposite James Dean in 1955’s Rebel Without A Cause. The performance landed the 16 year-old his first  Academy Award nomination. His star continued to rise as he starred alongside Dean for a second time in Giant and in the titular role of The Gene Krupa Story. He also earned a second Academy Award nomination for his role in 1960’s Exodus. The exotic-looking Mineo was quickly typecast as a troubled teen and rarely had the chance to break it. He tried his hand in popular music, recording an album and a handful of singles that were met with modest success. Later in his career, long after it had peaked and began to decline, Mineo made headlines after going public with the fact that he was gay. In 1976, while performing to rave reviews in the play, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, Sal was stabbed in the heart returning home by a pizza delivery guy. He was 37.


Gate of Heaven Cemetery– Valhalla, NY

Specific Location

Section 2, Plot 211; Drive up the main road – passing Babe Ruth‘s section on your right – and keep left until you get to Section 2, turn right into Section 2 toward the large stone tower, then take your first right, Sal and his family are buried to your right a little ways down, just past the FORSTMANN mausoleum, in the 3rd row from the curb