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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.

Burial

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.

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1 – Seriously considering renaming my kid right now.

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Jeanette MacDonald and Gene Raymond

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags , on April 23, 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.

 macdonald1June 18, 1903 – January 14, 1965

Jeanette MacDonald was one of the most popular singer/actresses throughout the golden age of the Hollywood musical. Her legendary professional partnership with Nelson Eddy produced more than 40 memorable films (including Naughty Marietta and Sweethearts) for MGM. Rumors of off-screen romance plagued the duo throughout their lives. After her death from multiple heart ailments at the age of 61, Eddy all but confirmed the rumors were true. MacDonald was a powerful soprano who worked her way out of the Broadway chorus lines to become one of the most successful screen performers of her era. She used her talent and influence to help introduce opera to many who had never heard it before. When not making movies, she toured extensively giving concerts all around the world and was noted for her work with the U.S. Army throughout World War II. In addition to her maybe/maybe not secret affair with Nelson, she was married to…

 

raymond1August 13, 1908 – May 2, 1998

…actor, composer and producer, Gene Raymond. His work throughout the 1930’s and ’40’s saw him star opposite legends like Jean Harlow, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. He also wrote a number of songs, a couple of which were made famous by his wife, Jeanette MacDonald. In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Raymond served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. His marriage to MacDonald was rife with controversy. Not only were the two not always faithful, but controversial rumors arose about Gene’s preference for men in his indiscretions. Because of these rumors growing more and more substantial, Raymond sort of unwittingly became one of the original Hollywood icons for the gay community. Despite all that, he remarried another woman after MacDonald died and remained so until his own death from pneumonia at the age of 89.

Burial

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, Gene and Jeanette are on the right-hand side, 4th tier up in the middle, directly below Nat King Cole.

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Clara Bow

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags , on April 14, 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.

 

bow1July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965

 Hollywood’s first “It Girl,” silent-era starlet Clara Bow was literally the “It” girl. Her turn in the 1927 comedy “It” garnered all sorts of attention and made her a star. In fact, she would go on to appear in more than 50 films (most of which were silent) over her short 12-year career during which she was one of the top box-office draws in the country. Her foray into “talkies” was just as successful. Audiences loved her. Investors loved her. Fellow actor Rex Bell loved her. Bow retired from motion pictures to live out her days with Bell at his Nevada ranch. Her retirement was plagued with psychiatric episodes and the occasional suicide attempt. She returned to Los Angeles and holed up in a Culver City bungalow for the remainder of her years. She died of a heart attack at the age of 60. In the generations to follow, countless young actresses would be called the next “It Girl.” But, none of them ever compared the original.

Burial

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, Clara and Rex are on the right-hand side, second tier up and 2 spaces into the corridor.

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Walt Disney

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags on September 13, 2013 by Cade

disney1December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” – Walt Disney

Walt Disney may have one of the most recognizable names in all of Hollywood history. The fledgling newspaper illustrator in Kansas City, Missouri turned his passion for drawing characters into an entertainment empire the likes of which has few equals. It was, of course, his somewhat accidental creation of Mickey Mouse that jettisoned Walt into the limelight.  The Mickey shorts – along with a growing stable of other characters – paved the way for the groundbreaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…the first full-length animated feature film. Dozens of animated classics followed. As did theme parks and numerous off-shoot entertainment companies. Walt had built himself a dream that continues to this day, nearly 50 years after his death.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA

Specific Location

Outside the Freedom Mausoleum; To the left of the main entrance is a small garden behind some bushes.

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Gummo Marx

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags , on September 5, 2013 by Cade

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October 21, 18921 – April 21, 1977

Milton “Gummo” Marx was the 2nd youngest of the Marx Brothers comedy team.  He was a part of the family’s early vaudeville days but was drafted into the Army near the end of World War I and never joined them in their film careers.  After his military service, he returned to show business as an agent. He represented his brother, Groucho, and a number of other writers and actors.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA

Specific Location

Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Brotherhood, Crypt #21057; Lower level of the mausoleum, turn right into the main, north/south hallway and the Sanctuary of Brotherhood will be the first hall on your left (across the main hallway from where Chico is buried), Gummo’s crypt is on the left, three tiers in from the main hallway and three rows up.

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1 – His actual birth date is disputed. It also could be October 23rd. Or it could be in 1893, as his grave marker states. The date I have listed is from his draft record.

Chico Marx

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags , , on September 5, 2013 by Cade

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March 22, 1887 – October 11, 1961

Leonard “Chico” Marx was the oldest of the legendary Marx Brothers comedy team.  Born in New York City, Chico (pronounced “Chick-o”) and his brothers performed from an early age in vaudeville with their uncle.  All of the brothers were talented musicians, but it was the more-or-less accidental discovery that they were hilarious that eventually launched them into super-stardom.  Chico adopted a stage persona of a rural Italian who dressed in baggy clothes and Bavarian hat.  These traits came to define him as a character. His talents extended beyond comedy on the screen, as well.  He assumed the role of the group’s manager after their mother passed away and was as successful band leader and pianist. He was also a very talented gambling addict. And a womanizer. But, let’s just remember the funny stuff.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA

Specific Location

Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Worship, Crypt #22018; Lower level of the mausoleum, turn right into the main, north/south hallway and the Sanctuary of Worship will be the first hall on your right, Chico is buried on your right, two tiers in from the main corridor and about 6 rows up.

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Spencer Tracy

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags on June 17, 2013 by Cade

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April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967

Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (real name) was a fixture in the so-called “Golden Age” of Hollywood. The Milwaukee-born actor was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor nine times. He won twice. His onscreen partnership with Katharine Hepburn as well as their “private” decades-long affair made for, perhaps, the biggest Hollywood romance of the 20th century. The pair made 9 movies together and shared a 26 year relationship despite Tracy still being married to his estranged wife, Louise.  Ah, but it’s Hollywood. Who cares?  What’s important is that Spencer Tracy is routinely mentioned in conversations about the greatest actors of all time.  His early career saw success, but no acclaim, on stage and for Fox studios.  It wasn’t until he signed with MGM in 1935 that his fame and career skyrocketed.  He made over 70 films during his life and drank quite a bit of alcohol while making them. He also suffered from depression.  Spencer nearly died a couple of times in his final years, but it wasn’t until 17 days after he wrapped shooting on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? that Spencer Tracy finally died of a massive heart attack while making some tea.  Officially, he was found by his housekeeper the next morning. Unofficially, Hepburn said he looked like he was just glad to be done with life.  Not that she was there with him or anything.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Everlasting Peace; Enter the garden from in front of the Freedom Mausoleum, Spencer is buried immediately on your right in a small walled-in plot.

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George Burns and Gracie Allen

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

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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”

Burial

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.

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Errol Flynn

Posted in Forest Lawn Glendale with tags , on May 16, 2013 by Cade

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June 20, 1909 – October 14, 1959

I don’t throw the term “swashbuckler” around lightly.  But Errol Flynn was a swashbuckler if there ever was one.  The Australian-born star of  early Hollywood flicks such as The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Charge of the Light Brigade and Santa Fe Trail was known for his devil-may-care attitude and suave persona.   He famously womanized and drank and had contentious working relationships with a number of his female costars, most notably, Bette Davis, who used opportunities to hit Flynn on camera as opportunities to HIT him. Outside of his carefree public life, Flynn was drafted into World War II as a naturalized U.S. citizen, but was deemed unfit for service due to poor health.  After years of breaking down to a mere parody of himself, Errol Flynn suffered one final heart-attack while on a trip to Vancouver and died.  Official cause of death was a veritable laundry list of symptoms that shouldn’t have surprised anyone.  The larger-than-life screen hero was just 50 years-old.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Everlasting Peace; Enter the garden from in front of the Freedom Mausoleum, Errol’s grave is along the northern wall of the garden almost directly across from the entrance, underneath a small gray statue.

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Larry Fine

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

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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.

Burial

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.

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