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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags , on January 17, 2017 by Cade

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October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016
April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016

Carrie Fisher was born into Hollywood royalty. Her father was crooner Eddie Fisher and her mother was actress and iconic girl-next-door, Debbie Reynolds. Onstage from the very beginning, she enjoyed a very successful career. She will forever be linked to her most indelible character, Princess Leia from the blockbuster Star Wars film franchise. But, she was more than a strong, rebellious princess. Fisher was a fearless comedic actor and writer. She wrote critically-acclaimed screenplays and novels and was for a time, the go-to “script doctor” in the industry. She overcame personal demons stemming from drug abuse and bi-polar disorder and always, always, kept her wit. She was a beloved icon who just happen to also play a beloved icon. On a flight from London to Los Angeles after Christmas in 2016, Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack. She was revived and taken to the hospital, but never recovered. After four days in intensive care, she was gone.

Mary Frances “Debbie” Reynolds won the title of Miss Burbank 1948 at the age of 16. Executives from MGM and Warner Bros. were in attendance and immediately snatched the young girl up. Her career exploded and, within a few  years, a breakout role opposite Gene Kelley and Donald O’Connor in Singin’ In The Rain made her a star. Many more movies followed. And TV shows. And records. And…whatever else she wanted to do. Her career spanned nearly 7 remarkable decades. All throughout, she adored her family. Despite a number of high-profile marriages/divorces/feuds-with-Elizabeth-Taylor, Debbie always loved her family. In the aftermath of her daughter’s sudden death, Debbie, herself, suffered a stroke at the age of 84 and died the following day. According to her son, her last words were “I want to be with Carrie.”

Hollywood can hardly script something so unbelievably tragic and yet so powerful.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Photo taken prior to burial

Photo taken prior to burial

Specific Location

Court of Remembrance, In the newest addition at the southeast corner of the CoR, Debbie and Carrie are interred together in the large, dark marble sarcophagus along the southeastern wall.

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Rod Steiger

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on December 17, 2013 by Cade

steiger1April 14, 1925 – July 9, 2002

Appearing in over 100 movies, Academy Award winner Rod Steiger was about as powerful of a screen presence and you could find. His turns in such classics as Oklahoma!, On the Waterfront, In the Heat of the Night and Doctor Zhivago are woven into the fabric of the history of film. In an attempt to escape his alcoholic mother, a young Steiger joined the Navy and served in World War II. Following the war, he broke into show business via stage and live television and embarked on a 50 year career that saw him do everything from channel Napoleon Bonaparte (Waterloo) to fight off comic alien invaders (Mars Attacks!) Through it all, he remained one of the most recognized actors of his and several generations to follow. At the age of 77, he died of complications brought on by pneumonia.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Remembrance, Columbarium of Providence; In this room, to the north of Cubby Broccoli’s sarcophagus, Rod is interred on the right-hand wall directly to the left of a white statue.

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Ernie Kovacs

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on December 17, 2013 by Cade

kovacs1January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962

Modern television owes just about everything to the unbridled genius of Ernie Kovacs. His spontaneous, unexpected and often eccentric comedy style is either directly or indirectly responsible for shows like Saturday Night Live, The Muppet Show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and Captain Kangaroo. He also influenced nearly all of the major talk show hosts of the last 30 years from Conan O’Brien to David Letterman. Kovacs was a true original. A truly brilliant performer whose emphasis on experimental comedy would pave the way for how we see television today. He loved music. He loved cigars. He loved driving fast…and, well, that rarely ends well. Kovacs was killed in an early morning, single-car accident when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a pole. Despite the obvious drawbacks of being dead, it was a smart career move and Ernie Kovacs, who had never really received high acclaim in life, became a cult phenomenon. His style was suddenly appreciated. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Remembrance; In the middle of the large lawn section in front of and about 24 rows down from the entrance to the Court of Remembrance, near the middle of the row.

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Bert Convy

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on December 17, 2013 by Cade

convy1July 23, 1933 – July 15, 1991

Bert Convy was an actor and singer who appeared in numerous stage productions and television shows over the course of his career. He was also a featured panelist on many popular game shows and eventually became a game show host in his own right. His work on shows such as Super Password and Win, Lose or Draw made him a household name. He also played some minor league baseball in his youth. So, he had a pretty well-rounded skill set. In 1990, Convy collapsed in an L.A. hospital (lucky) and was diagnosed with a brain tumor (not as lucky).  In July of 1991, the tumor took its toll and Bert Convy was dead at the age of 57. The password is: Bummer.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Liberty; In the garden directly to the east of the George Washington statue, Bert is buried along the southern wall of this section.

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Albert “Cubby” Broccoli

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on December 17, 2013 by Cade

broccoli1April 5, 1909 – June 27, 1996

Ian Fleming wrote some books.

Some years later, an American producer named Cubby Broccoli made a lot of money because of them.

Broccoli became interested in Fleming’s James Bond stories and felt the need to adapt them to the screen. It was a good decision as the Bond franchise has made roughly $7,000,000,000,000,000* in the more than half a century since 1962’s modest Dr. No was released. Broccoli was so successful with Fleming’s works that he even produced the Fleming-penned Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – in which, oddly, James Bond did not appear (but Q did!). Point is, Cubby Broccoli found a niche and played his part perfectly to turn that niche into dozens of successful films. He passed away of heart failure at home at the age of 87. His family continues to work with the James Bond movie franchise to this day.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Remembrance; Large white sarcophagus in the northwest corner of the third section.

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* – Not the actual profit of the Bond films. I’m not good at math…or research.

Ronnie James Dio

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on December 17, 2013 by Cade

dio1July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010

Ronald James Padavona, AKA Ronnie James Dio, was one of the most influential – and certainly most powerful – voices in Heavy Metal music history. He grew up around music and said he learned how to sing, not by formal education, but rather by implementing breathing techniques taken from playing brass instruments and watching singers like Mario Lanza perform. Dio eventually found his calling in a number of local bands and first started to gain notoriety in the groups Elf and Rainbow. But, it was when he was asked to replace Ozzy Osbourne in the ultra-popular Black Sabbath, that his career really took off. He took the success he found with Black Sabbath and created his own band, Dio, which existed in some form or another for more than 25 years. He is famously credited with starting the association of the “metal horns’ hand gesture with Heavy Metal music. Toward the end of his life, Ronnie was busy with many projects, including a partial reunion with some of his former Black Sabbath bandmates (billed as Heaven & Hell.) In 2009, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer and died from the disease less than a year later.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Remembrance; In the third section, Ronnie’s large sarcophagus is at the back right below a painting of three children*.

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*- NOTE: This is one of the plots that was speculated to be Michael Jackson’s final resting place during the media circus following his death in 2009. It’s good that someone got some use out of it less than a year later.

Alvy Moore

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags , on December 17, 2013 by Cade

moore4December 5, 1921 – May 4, 1997

Jack Alvin Moore was a comedic actor who appeared in many television shows – from The Dick Van Dyke Show to The Mickey Mouse Club – over the course of his 40+ year career. He is probably best known for playing county agent Hank Kimball on the perennial rural-centric CBS sitcom, Green Acres. Alvy Moore died of heart failure at the age of 75.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Remembrance, Columbarium of Remembrance, Niche 61142; To the back right in the first section is a small columbarium, Alvy is interred in a niche at the bottom left of the central white statue on the back wall of this room.

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Marty Feldman

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on December 17, 2013 by Cade

feldman1July 08, 1934 – December 02, 1982

Just about everyone knows Marty Feldman and his distintive (and ridiculous) eyes from his performance as Igor in Mel Brooks’ classic comedy Young Frankenstein. But, Feldman got his start in more famous circles even than that. As a young comedian in the U.K., Feldman appeared on television and wrote with many future comedy legends, including John Cleese and Graham Chapman – who would go on to co-found the iconic Monty Python comedy group. In fact some of Python’s more memorable sketches (“Four Yorkshiremen,” “Bookshop”) were co-written by Marty.  He was a staple on British television for years and had some success in the U.S. with appearances on The Dean Martin Show and The Muppet Show – where he hilariously compared eyes to equally-googly-eyed Cookie Monster. At the age of just 48, Feldman – a heavy smoker and coffee drinker – died of a sudden heart attack in Mexico.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Liberty, Garden of Heritage, Lot #5420; Facing south toward the George Washington statue, Marty is buried to the left on the lawn in front of the Court of Liberty, around the first corner, in the second family plot along the wall.

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Bob Kane

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on December 17, 2013 by Cade

kane2October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998

He created Batman. What have you done?

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Liberty, Lot #1310; From the large George Washington statue, go up the steps on the main sidewalk (south) into the third level of gardens (past Stan Laurel), Bob’s lawn grave is toward the back right (southwest) corner of this section, on the south side of the sidewalk.

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Freddie Prinze

Posted in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills with tags on December 16, 2013 by Cade

prinze1June 22, 1954 – January 29, 1977

Frederick Karl Pruetzel was a Hungarican (Hungarian/Puerto Rican – his word, not mine) actor and comedian who exploded onto the comedy circuit in the 1970’s. He wanted to be known as the Prince of Comedy, so he changed his name to Freddie Prinze and made people laugh. His short career was catapulted after an appearance on  The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and soon he was given his own sitcom: Chico and the Man. The show as a success and everything looked great for the young man from New York. Unfortunately, he struggled with depression and allegedly liked to play the russian roulette from time to time. Because, you know, it’s hilarious. Intentionally or not, Prinze shot himself in the head in front of his manager shortly after he was divorced from his wife. He was just 22. It’s a sad story, but it’s okay. We have another one.

Burial

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Remembrance, Sanctuary of Light,  Crypt 2355 – On the right side of this small sanctuary between the second and third courts (behind Liberace), second row up, just two spaces from the end between his father and George Raft.

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