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Mario Lanza

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery (CA) with tags on December 16, 2013 by Cade

lanza1January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959

A handsome tenor with an astounding voice, Mario Lanza took various stages and – ultimately – Hollywood by storm in the late 1940’s and ’50’s. His ability to bring heavy doses of charm and romanticism to his roles set him apart from many of his contemporaries. He was discovered by Louis B. Mayer at a 1947 performance at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Mayer immediately signed Lanza to a multi-year contract with MGM. He appeared in films like The Great Caruso, The Toast of New Orleans and Because You’re Mine churning out popular recordings from each.

Of course, being a pretty face with a powerful voice isn’t that interesting in the long run. Drug addiction and weight issues? That’s more like it. And Lanza had those in spades. He was known off-screen for his rambunctious behavior and wild appetites. Appetites which caught up to him at the age of 38, when he died suddenly of an apparent  pulmonary embolism in an Italian clinic. His star, like so many others, certainly burned bright…if only for a short while.

INTERESTING SIDE NOTE: All of Mario’s immediate family members (with the exception of one daughter) also died relatively young. His wife, Betty, passed away a few months after him at the age of 37.

Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Main Mausoleum, Block 46, Crypt D-2; to the right (south) of the altar in the main chapel, Mario’s wall crypt is in the third row up on this wall of west-facing crypts.

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Fred MacMurray

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery (CA) with tags on October 24, 2013 by Cade

macmurray1August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991

Frederick Martin MacMurray’s nearly 50-year career was about as successful and varied as any you will find.  Throughout the 1930’s and ’40’s, MacMurray brought his talents from the stage to some of the most popular films of the era. He worked with everyone from Humphrey Bogart to Katharine Hepburn. His films with iconic director, Billy Wilder, (including the ultimate film noir Double Indemnity and the quintessential comedy The Apartment) became Hollywood classics. MacMurray later worked on a number of Disney live-action films like The Shaggy Dog and The Absent-Minded Professor while also landing what is possibly his most recognizable role (to folks under the age of 50 anyway): Steven Douglas, the father on the long-running TV sitcom My Three Sons.

A lot of things tried to kill Fred MacMurray over the years – throat cancer, leukemia, a stroke – but, in the end, it was pneumonia that finally got him. Still, pretty good run.

Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Main Mausoleum, Room 7, Crypt D1; Enter the mausoleum and turn to the right, proceed down this corridor which is lined with side rooms on either side, Room 7 is on your right (3rd one, I believe), Fred’s crypt is on your left as you look in the room, two spaces below John Candy.

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Audrey Meadows

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery (CA) with tags , on May 30, 2013 by Cade

Audrey Meadows The Honeymooners, c. 1955 - 1957

February 8, 1922 — February 3, 1996

If your one and only claim to fame is playing the straight foil to Jackie Gleason’s frenetic and iconic Ralph Kramden, then you’re still doing alright.  Audrey Meadows was a stage and TV actress who just happened to win the role of Alice Kramden despite being “too pretty.” Meadows played Alice a couple of times prior to The Honeymooners becoming a hit TV show and she never looked back.  Jackie and Audrey would revive the Kramdens ocassionally, even after the show went off the air.  It was truly a lifelong character.  She did, however, manage to make quite a nice non-Alice career for herself appearing on many shows including Murder, She Wrote, Too Close For Comfort and The Simpsons.  At the age of 73, Audrey died of lung cancer and was buried next to her husband, former Continental Airlines president, Bob Six.

Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Section F, Tier 29, Grave 58; About 30 rows down the hill from the large Pieta statue behind (north of) the Grotto section, keep an eye on the small, round markers that mark the tiers and grave numbers, these will guide you to her location.

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Jack Haley

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery (CA) with tags , on March 15, 2013 by Cade

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August 10, 1898 – June 6, 1979

I’m not going to say that Jack Haley wouldn’t have had a career if Buddy Ebsen didn’t almost die from a reaction to aluminum-based make-up…but he certainly wouldn’t have been AS famous.  Probably.  I don’t know.  Jack had a pretty decent career as a song-and-dance man/comedian.  He starred in such musicals as Alexander’s Ragtime Band and Poor Little Rich Girl.  But none of them came close to as big as his accidental role as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.  It’s true, though, he did replace TV’s Jed Clampett in the iconic role when Ebsen had a serious reaction to the metallic paint in the costume and make-up.  The rest is history.

Jack died of a heart attack in 1979 and is buried in the same cemetery as fellow Ozian, Ray Bolger.

Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

The Grotto, L100, 2, 7 rows down from the Grotto on the main lawn section (3 rows below Bing and Bela.)

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Ray Bolger

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery (CA) with tags , on March 7, 2013 by Cade

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January 10, 1904 – January 15, 1987

Song and dance man, Ray Bolger, had quite the stage and film career going when he stumbled upon a little role as a scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.  Total career killer that one.

Seriously, though, Bolger was immensely talented and any lack of recognition of his work outside of Oz is strictly on us.  We suck.

Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

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Specific Location

Inside the mausoleum on the left side of the chapel, bottom row on the floor.

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John Candy

Posted in Holy Cross Cemetery (CA) with tags on March 4, 2013 by Cade

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October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994

John Candy was a comedic giant of the 1980’s. The Canadian actor created memorable roles on the sketch comedy show, SCTV, and found great success in films such as Planes, Trains and AutomobilesUncle Buck and Spaceballs. The rotund actor was infinitely likable and beloved by audiences and costars alike.

In 1994, while filming the movie Wagons East, Candy died of a heart attack in his sleep…most likely to avoid seeing Canadian Bacon actually released.

Burial

Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City, CA

candy - jun 28 2009

Specific Location

Main Mausoleum, Room 7, Crypt B1; Enter the mausoleum and turn to the right, proceed down this corridor which is lined with side rooms on either side, Room 7 is on your right (3rd one, I believe), John’s crypt is on your left as you look in the room, second space down from the top, two spaces above Fred MacMurray.

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