Archive for August, 2018

Chris Cornell

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags , , on August 31, 2018 by Cade

July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017

An enormous talent and an unmistakable voice, Chris Cornell not only soared from the early 1990’s grunge-rock movement, but helped define and shape it. Cornell’s first success was found with the Seattle-based grunge-pioneer band, Soundgarden, which he fronted from the mid-80s until the band dissolved in 1997. Soundgarden shot through the charts and their seminal 1994 release, Superunknown – the band’s 4th – remains one of the most successful and influential albums of that decade. Following Soundgarden, Cornell joined members of Rage Against the Machine to form the supergroup, Audioslave, which went on to release 3 albums and the gold-single “Like a Stone.” Earlier in his career, Cornell also formed and led the group, Temple of the Dog, with future members of Pearl Jam as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood. Throughout his extensive career, his voice could be heard everywhere from television soundtracks to James Bond movies.

After decades of rock stardom, depression and substance abuse, the demons caught up with Cornell in 2017. Following a show in Detroit with a re-formed, Soundgarden, Cornell was found dead in his hotel room by his bodyguard. Chris Cornell, arguably the voice of a generation, had committed suicide. He was 52.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Legends – At the southern edge of the lake, across the road from the Cathedral Mausoleum, Chris is buried just north of the road right near a small section of curb and just a few yards from Johnny Ramone’s memorial.

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Florence Henderson

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on August 27, 2018 by Cade

henderson1February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016

It can be hard to go your entire career being associated with one character or one performance. For Florence Henderson, being the spokesperson for Wesson cooking oil for 2 decades was a defining persona and the kind of role every struggling actor covets. A gifted stage actress and singer, Henderson made a splash early on with performances on Broadway and televised productions of musicals. She appeared in game shows and on talk shows and was instantly recognizable in any household thanks to her long tenure with Wesson.

Oh, and in 1969, she was cast as the role of Carol Brady on the hit show The Brady Bunch which some consider one of the greatest television characters of all time and maybe the best television mother of all time, but I’d be willing to wager not many people remember that.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

In the Garden of Serenity section at the south end of the park there are 5 pillars with north-facing niches just to the east (left) when you enter. Florence is interred in the bottom niche of the first pillar.

Leonard Nimoy

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on August 24, 2018 by Cade

March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015

In 1975, Leonard Nimoy wrote his first autobiography entitled I Am Not Spock.

Born in Boston in 1931, Nimoy caught the acting bug early and by the time he was 17 – and portrayed a Depression-era Jewish boy with similar family dynamics to his own – he knew it’s what he wanted to do. A talented singer and performer, he made his way through theatre and bit roles in movies and television for years, amassing quite the IMDB page chock-full of appearances in dozens of the most popular shows of the time. Then, in 1966, he was cast in Gene Roddenberry’s new sci-fi production, Star Trek, and the world was introduced to Mr. Spock. Nimoy spent the next 5 decades portraying the universe’s most famous Vulcan on television and in subsequent film franchises. By the ’70s, he clearly wanted to avoid being typecast, which he did…to a degree. He directed. He lent his unmistakable voice to animated and CGI projects. He acted…without the pointy ears. All the while, he gradually learned to embrace the public perception of him as the beloved character.

In 1995, Leonard Nimoy wrote his second autobiography entitled I Am Spock. 

He appeared as Spock in the 2009 Star Trek reboot franchise and its 2013 sequel and then retired from the role. He died in 2015 of complications from COPD at the age of 83.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Solomon, Block 4, Space 10 – Behind the main mausoleum is a lovely garden section with water features and stonework. From the road behind the mausoleum, walk the path into this section over the first of 2 small footbridges. Leonard is buried immediately on the right after the first footbridge.

Mickey Rooney

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

September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014

Mickey Rooney was one of the most enduring figures of the classic age of Hollywood. He got his start as a child in vaudeville and quickly found success in film. By the age of 25, he was one of MGM’s biggest and most successful stars. He starred in 14 Andy Hardy movies and began working with another young star on the rise by the name of Judy Garland. Together, Mickey and Judy made 10 films together and both careers were catapulted. After serving in the Special Services during World War II, Mickey’s career waned…if you can call 60 more years of being loved by millions “waning.” As an adult, he remained short of stature, so he never made the transition to leading man roles. But, that didn’t stop the Mick. Television, Broadway, character roles and books all kept him busy for the rest of the 20th century. Once dubbed by Vanity Fair as “the original Hollywood train wreck,” Mickey had his share of demons: alcohol, depression, bankruptcy, failed marriages, elder abuse, etc. Yet, he lived ’til 93 and remained one of the most popular Hollywood stars of all time.

Besides, he will always be MY Fallout Boy.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

 

 

Specific Location

Cathedral Mausoleum, Lake View, Elevation 15, Couch B-1501 – On the right side of the outside front of the Cathedral Mausoleum, facing the lake, second space up.