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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Posted in Green-Wood Cemetery with tags , , on January 23, 2017 by Cade

basquiat1December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a significant neo-expressionist artist in the late-70s/early-80s New York City pop-cultural scene. Rising to notoriety as a street artist (he comprised half of the graffiti-art duo, SAMO), Basquiat eventually found a following in various galleries in Manhattan. His work consisted of both image and text, highly influenced by juxtaposition and dichotomy. Basquiat also created experimental music with his band, Gray (a nod to Gray’s Anatomy, the reference book that heavily influenced his work throughout his life – not the ABC television show that debuted 17 years after he died.) Through his art and music, he spoke out against institutionalized racism and power structures and made commentary on issues such as class struggle and heritage. Professionally, he collaborated with musicians like David Bowie and artists such as Andy Warhol. His relationship with Warhol was particularly important and when Warhol died in 1987, Basquiat – who was already deep into a herioin addiciton – spiraled into a depression that he never recovered from. He died of an overdose the following year at the age of 27.

Burial

Green-Wood Cemetery – Brooklyn, NY

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Specific Location

Section 176; Off of Sassafras Avenue in the cemetery’s Southern portion, Jean-Michel is buried in a double row of modest graves designated as “Lot 44603.” As you walk from Sassafras Ave. his grave is in the left row about 60 graves in (he is in grave 342).

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Leonard Bernstein

Posted in Green-Wood Cemetery with tags , on December 5, 2016 by Cade

bernstein1August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990

“The other night I bippy nigh, blabba habba dooby die, mowt say hiddy lie, LEO-NARD BERN-STEIN!” – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – R.E.M. (paraphrased)

Louis “Leonard” Bernstein was and is an American musical treasure. Reaching international acclaim, Bernstein is most widely known as the long-time musical director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and for his many stage and screen compositions. Bernstein grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Harvard and, by way of grad school in Philadelphia, made his way to New York. It was in New York where he joined The Revuers and began his composing and conducting career. In 1943, he filled in as the main conductor for the NYPO and became an instant success. He began composing in all styles, from ballet with Jerome Robbins to Broadway musicals with Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The successes of Fancy Free, On the Town and Wonderful Town foreshadowed what would become his crowning achievement (in popular music, anyway)…1957’s West Side Story, which he wrote with Robbins, Arthur Laurents and and young Stephen Sondheim. The story of star-crossed lovers set in 1950’s New York was a colossal hit and has gone on to be one of the most produced and beloved musicals of all time.

In addition to his stage work, Bernstein wrote for film (On The Waterfront), ballet, pop, orchestral and just about any other genre he felt compelled to. He won a Tony, 16 Grammys and a couple of philanthropic awards. After holding the baton for 47 years, he retired in October of 1990 and died five days later.

Burial

Green-Wood Cemetery – Brooklyn, NY

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Specific Location

Section H; Enter the cemetery’s main gate and stay to the left. Follow Battle Avenue up to the monument at the top of Battle Hill. Take Battle Path up past the monument and turn right onto Liberty Path and the Bernstein plot will be on your right a little ways down behind two evergreen shrubs.

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Fred Ebb

Posted in Green-Wood Cemetery with tags , , on November 28, 2016 by Cade

ebb1April 8, 1928 – September 11, 2004

Lyricist Fred Ebb worked with a number of composers throughout his career, but it was his partnership with John Kander that garnered him his biggest successes. Kander and Ebb wrote some of Broadway’s biggest all-time hits: Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, among othersIn addition to the stage, they wrote for films as well. Most notably contributing the theme song to Martin Scorsese’s 1971 film New York, New York which was launched into the stratosphere by Frank Sinatra. They worked frequently with a stable of artists who came to define their style. Legendary performers like Joel Gray, Chita Rivera and – most famously – Liza Minnelli all benefited from the songs and shows written by Kander and Ebb.

Fred Ebb died of a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 76.

Burial

Green-Wood Cemetery – Brooklyn, NY

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Specific Location

Section 20; Fred Ebb is buried in a small, private mausoleum along the southern bank of Sylvan Water.

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Frank Morgan

Posted in Green-Wood Cemetery with tags , on November 13, 2016 by Cade

morgan1June 1, 1890 – September 18, 1949

Francis Wuppermann was an Oscar-nominated character actor who enjoyed immense success over the course of his 35 year career. Working under the stage name Frank Morgan, he was signed to a lifetime contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios and worked prolifically for them for more than 2 decades. He appeared in several movies each year for MGM, but is most widely recognized for his multiple roles – including the titular character – in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. His performance as Oz remains one of the most beloved of all-time, but even great and powerful wizards aren’t immune to vices. And, rumor has it, Morgan liked to tote around briefcases of booze while he was at work. So, there’s that.

Frank Morgan died of a heart attack at the age of 59 a few years before Oz was rebroadcast on television for the first time, leading to it becoming the classic it is today.

Burial

Green-Wood Cemetery – Brooklyn, NY

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Specific Location

Section 168; Closer to the cemetery’s Ft. Hamilton gate, the Wuppermann family plot is located on Grape Avenue, just to the North of the intersection with Lychnis Path

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