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Max Factor

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on April 16, 2014 by Cade

factor1September 15, 1872 – August 30, 1938

Little Maksymilian Faktorowicz became interested in cosmetics and hair-styling at a young age. By the time he was 18, he had worked for cosmeticians and wigmakers in Germany and Russia. After a brief (mandatory) stint in the military, Max was named the official cosmetics expert for the Russian royal family. Things we going well, except for the fact that growing anti-Jewish sentiment was starting to rear its head in Eastern Europe. So, he moved to America with his wife and kids and started an empire. An empire made up of make-up (get it?) Factor, as he was now called, moved to Los Angeles and took full advantage of the need for hair and makeup stylings in the motion picture industry. His name and brand would eventually become one of the most recognizable in the entire cosmetics industry. Factor was literally scared to death after an attempt on his life in Paris shook him to the core. He returned home to California after the incident, confined himself to his bed and died. He was 65.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Mausoleum, U-112; In an exterior corridor in the back of the Mausoleum, there is a large square of darker marble crypts on the right side just steps into this corridor (not far from Michael Landon) Max’s crypt is located in the middle of this darker square, in the 3rd row up.

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Aaron Spelling

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on April 4, 2014 by Cade

spelling1April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006

The most prolific American television writer/producer ever, Aaron Spelling was directly responsible for hits, both major (Charlie’s Angels, The Mod Squad, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, The Love Boat, Hart to Hart, Charmed, Starsky & Hutch, The Rookies, 7th Heaven, Fantasy Island, Dynasty) and minor (The Heights, Models Inc., Pacific Palisades, Summerland, Tori Spelling.) His career spanned decades and influenced generations. In the end, Spelling produced more than 200 shows. More than anyone else in the history of television…by a WIDE margin. Despite amassing fame, success and the largest single-family home in all of Los Angeles, Spelling suffered a major stroke at the age of 83 and died a week later. It can be debated what the legacy of the substance of the shows he created might be, but it can’t be debated that the impact they had on popular culture was enormous.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Main Mausoleum; Enter the main doors, turn left and then right down a main hall, at the end of the hall turn left toward the exit and the Spelling crypt is on the left.

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Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on March 5, 2014 by Cade

djamMarch 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009

Known to the music world as “DJ AM,” Adam Goldstein was a DJ, musician and producer who was known for his work in the band Crazy Town and for his collaborations with artists like Will Smith and Blink-182’s drummer, Travis Barker. While touring with Barker in 2008, the small jet they were travelling in crashed, killing everyone else on board. Goldstein and Barker both survived with significant injuries. He recovered, but just under one year later, Goldstein died of an acute overdose of a pretty substantial drug cocktail. He was in the process of filming an intervention show called Gone Too Far for MTV when he died. The show aired months later despite his death as both a tribute and as a cautionary tale. He was 36.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Rebecca, Block 12, Plot 106, Space 2; In the northeast corner of the park, in this circular garden overlooking a fountain, Adam is buried on the north side of the sidewalk.

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Eddie Cantor

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on December 30, 2013 by Cade

cantor1January 31, 1892* – October 10, 1964

Edward Israel Iskowitz, aka Eddie Cantor, was an actor, comedian and performer known universally by the amazing nickname “Banjo Eyes.” Cantor got his start – like so many – on the Vaudeville stages as a youth (often appearing with a young Jimmy Durante) and moved through the familiar route of Broadway>Radio>Television/Film. He suffered a number of professional setbacks. Cantor lost much of his wealth in the stock market crash of 1929 and was later ostracized for speaking out against popular anti-semitic sentiment. But, the resilient comedian was able to bounce back fully by focusing on his humor in books and continued radio presence. He was heavily involved in politics and charitable causes, including the March of Dimes.  He died at the age of 72 of a heart attack in Los Angeles.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Main Mausoleum, Hall of Graciousness; Enter the main doors, turn right and then left down a main hall until you get to Jack Benny, turn left and Eddie’s crypt is on your right, in the third row up.

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Selma Diamond

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on October 22, 2013 by Cade

diamond1August 6, 1920 – May 13, 1985

Selma Diamond was a actress/comedy writer in both radio and television who spent more than three decades in the business. Her writing brought her to the staff of Imogene Coca and Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows as well as a number of other radio and TV programs. Diamond’s stint on Show was said to have been the inspiration for Rose Marie’s character, Sally, on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Later in her career, she made more and more appearances onscreen – both TV and film – culminating in her final role as bailiff Selma Hacker on NBC’s Night Court. After the show’s second season, Diamond, a chain smoker, died of lung cancer at the age of 64. She was replaced on the show by Florence Halop who, coincidentally, also died of lung cancer after one season. Don’t smoke, kids.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Courts of the Book, Jacob-I-4004; Inside this enclosed garden section to the southeast of the mausoleum (accessible through a corridor from the Courts of the Book lawn section where Lorne Greene is buried) Selma is interred in the wall crypts on the northeast wall, 4 rows up and 5 spaces east of the entrance.

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Sorrell Booke

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park on October 17, 2013 by Cade

booke1January 4, 1930 – February 11, 1994

Sit back. I’m gonna blow your mind.

The guy who played hilariously corrupt county commissioner, Boss Hogg, on the 1970’s and ’80’s backwoods stereotypin’, dirt road car-jumpin’, moonshine runnin’ series The Dukes of Hazzard…was an Ivy Leaguer.  A DOUBLE Ivy Leaguer to be exact. Sorrell Booke graduated with degrees from both Columbia and Yale. And he was a spy in the Korean War. Boss Hogg was.

Yes, it’s true that Booke had a pretty decent stage career and decades of recurring and guest starring roles before he donned the white hat and settled in Hazzard, but he will always be remembered most for playing the bumbling, easily-agitated politician opposite the rabble-rousin’  Duke boys. Not too bad for a kid with only a couple of Ivy League degrees and a military career to fall back on.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Court of Dedication, Block 2, plot 72, space 4B; In the lawn section at the southwest corner of the park, Sorrell’s grave is under a tree just off of the sidewalk.

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Nell Carter

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on October 17, 2013 by Cade

carter1September 13, 1948 – January 23, 2003

I wanna happy ending
I’m tired of pretending
Won’t let ’em get the best of me
Whoa, whoa, whoa Gimme a break

If anyone ever deserved a break, it was Nell Carter.  The diminutive singer and actress persevered through many trials as a kid in Alabama. She discovered singing in church as a young girl and made it all the way to Broadway, winning a Tony for her breakout role in Ain’t Misbehavin’. She had other successes on the stage but it was her Emmy-nominated turn as Nell Harper on NBC’s Gimme a Break! from 1981-1987 that made her a household name. But her life was mired by hardship even after fame struck. She struggled with drugs, depression and bankruptcy. Not to mention health issues like multiple aneurysms and diabetes. Still, she did the best she could and managed guest starring roles and more stage work later in her career. But, her heart eventually gave out and she died of complications from diabetes at the age of 54.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Acacia Garden KK-740, In the Acacia section at the south edge of the park, there are three outcroppings of wall crypts, Nell is buried on the west side of the middle one all the way at the top, the first space in from the left as you’re looking at it.

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Tom Poston

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on October 17, 2013 by Cade

poston1October 17, 1921 – April 30, 2007

Unless my research is somehow flawed, Tom Poston appeared in every television show that aired from 1950-2006.

Well, A LOT of them, anyway. Poston’s career began after he served in the Air Force during World War II (he flew planes over Normandy…and everywhere else in Europe) when he studied at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts in New York. His earliest appearances were those of the comedic “man on the street” characters on The Steve Allen Show. He also appeared on a number of panel game shows. But from there, he slowly worked his way into every living room in America. With appearances in everything from Mork & Mindy to Murphy Brown, Poston costarred or guest starred on upwards of 75 different TV shows, movies and mini-series. His most notable work was alongside good friend Bob Newhart in all of Newhart’s series over the years. In fact he won three Emmy awards for his portrayal of lovable handyman, George Utley, in CBS’s Newhart in the 1980’s. He was married 4 times to three women. The third of which was fellow The Bob Newhart Show co-star, Suzanne Pleshette.  They were married until Tom died of respitory failure at the age of 85.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Abraham, Space 706; In the small lawn space on the right side immediately in front of the mausoleum, near the curb just one row up and three spaces to the right of Suzanne’s grave.

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Milton Berle

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park on October 11, 2013 by Cade

berle1July 12, 1908 – March 27, 2002

Milton Berle. Uncle Miltie. Mr. Television.

Milton Berle was arguably TV’s first great star.  The actor/comedian who got his start as a kid in silent pictures and on vaudeville, rose through the ranks of stage and radio to become the host of NBC’s Texaco Star Theater where he translated the outrageous costumes and slapstick of his youth into a brand new, visual medium: television. America ate it up. Throughout the 1950’s, Berle hosted a variety of versions of the show. In 1951, NBC signed him to a 30-year contract. A little long-sighted, maybe. By the ’60’s his popularity had declined, but he was still able to perform in Las Vegas and in flims with a good deal of success. What followed then was a career of guest appearances and upstaging others wherever and whenever possible. In 1947, Milton co-founded the famed Friar’s Club of Beverly Hills along with Jimmy Durante and Bing Crosby. In 2001, at the age of 92, Berle announced that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer. He died from the disease a year later.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Acacia Garden, MM 354-B; In the outdoor mausoleum section at the south end of the park, on the eastern-most of the 3 outcroppings, there is a mural of a wedding, Milton’s crypt is around the corner to the right of this mural in the first row, 3 tiers up from the bottom.

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Shelley Winters

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on September 23, 2013 by Cade

winters1August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006

Shelley Winters (née Schrift) was an Academy Award winning actress who shook off the shackles of the overused blonde bombshell Hollywood stereotype and crafted herself a fine career that lasted for more than 50 years. Winters, from St. Louis, was best known for her film and television roles, as well as her many theatrical performances. She was, however, also an author and wrote a couple of autobiographies in which she did not hold back about her personal life. Shelley was married four times and had romantic relationships with many of the biggest names in entertainment, including Burt Lancaster, William Holden, Errol Flynn and Marlon Brando. That’s quite a (partial) list.  But, since I don’t want to get caught up in the whole celebrity gossip game, I’ll instead say that Shelley donated her Oscar for 1960’s The Diary of Anne Frank to the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam.  Not sure what purpose that served, but a good deed is a good deed.  So, nice job, Shelley.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Hillside Slope, Block 11, Plot 358, grave 8; About 5 rows down from the road that runs to the south of the main mausoleum, Shelley’s grave marker is 10 spaces to the east of a tree.

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