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Frances Bay

Posted in Mt. Sinai Memorial Park with tags on March 25, 2014 by Cade

bay1January 23, 1919 – September 15, 2011

Frances Bay (née Goffman) was a Canadian actor whose early career involved radio programming for troops during World War II. She studied acting under famed coach, Uta Hagen in South Africa before settling in Los Angeles. Her career didn’t really take off until she landed parts in a number of movies and TV shows in the 1970’s and ’80’s including a turn as Fonzie’s grandmother on Happy Days. She became best known for her extensive work with surrealistic director, David Lynch. Her most broadly notable performances would follow as Adam Sandler’s grandmother in Happy Gilmore and as the “old bag” from the classic Seinfeld episode “The Rye.” Bay continued to work into her 90’s appearing on shows like Grey’s Anatomy and The Middle. She died of pneumonia at the 92.


Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Garden of the People of the Book, Lot 1062, Space 4; In the enclosed garden (behind the large mural) Frances and her husband are buried on the west side 2 rows and 2 spaces in from the northwest corner.



Phil Silvers

Posted in Mt. Sinai Memorial Park with tags on February 26, 2014 by Cade

silvers1May 11, 1911 – November 1, 1985

Comedian and actor, Phil Silvers, got his start in movie houses entertaining audiences when the projectors would break down. He spent the early parts of his career on the Broadway stage and in short subject films. Made the leap to feature pictures, but found his biggest fame as Sgt. Ernest Bilko on the CBS television show You’ll Never Get Rich – which was later named The Phil Silvers Show, once it was deemed a hit. Silvers was known as “The King of Chutzpah” for his physical, slap-sticky brand of comedy. After the success of his self-titled show, Silvers went on to appear in a many movies and returned a number of times to the stage. In 1972, he won a Tony Award for the role of Pseudolus in a revival of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – a role he turned down when the show first performed 10 years earlier. Silvers died of natural causes at the age of 72 after living with and continuing to perform despite the effects of a stroke he had suffered more than a decade before.


Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Heritage, Lot 1004; At the far western corner of the small, triangular lawn section at the southwest corner of the park.


Hillel Slovak

Posted in Mt. Sinai Memorial Park with tags on June 13, 2013 by Cade


April 13, 1962 – June 25, 1988

Hillel Slovak was a founding member and the original guitarist for the legendary Los Angeles-based rock band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Slovak met vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea (Michael Balzary) in high school and formed the band with drummer, Jack Irons, for a one-time gig that turned into a steady, and very popular presence in the L.A. music scene.  The line up recorded two albums – “Freaky Styley” and “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan” – all while battling severe addiction to drugs, most notably, cocaine and heroin.  Slovak and Kiedis tried to sober up using each other as support, but the withdrawals proved to be too much and Slovak died of a heroin overdose at the age of 26 while separated from the band.  There was very little contact with friends and family in the weeks leading up to his death and police did not discover him in his apartment until days later.  The remaining members of the band were shaken to the core by Slovak’s death. Irons quit and Kiedis continued to struggle with drugs for years before finally going straight.  In 2012, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, including Hillel Slovak, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Maimonides 26, L-4613, space 1; On the south side of King David Drive, directly across the street from a service road, about 4-5 rows up from the curb, a row behind and 5 spaces to the left (east) of a large tree.


Norman Fell

Posted in Mt. Sinai Memorial Park with tags , on April 27, 2013 by Cade

Portrait of Actor Norman Fell

March 24, 1924 – December 14, 1998

Norman Fell was a well-loved character actor who made appearances in many films including Catch-22, The Graduate, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and the original Ocean’s 11 (the one with Sinatra and co.) But, he is most known to television audiences as half of the original landlord couple, Stanley and Helen Roper, on the ’70s hit, Three’s Company.  Even after the disastrous spin-off, The Ropers, people still loved Norman.  He continued to work in TV and film and even reprised Mr. Roper on an episode of Ellen a year before his death.


Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Heritage, Columbarium of Tradition, Niche 1601A; around the corner to the right of the huge mural is a wall of niches, Norman’s niche is 7 rows up and 3 spaces in from the left corner edge.


Cass Elliot

Posted in Mt. Sinai Memorial Park with tags , on March 7, 2013 by Cade

Photo of Mama Cass

September 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974

Known to the world as “Mama Cass,” Ellen Naomi Cohen, AKA Cass Elliot, was a singer and member of the American vocal group, The Mamas & the Papas.  Elliot’s voice can be heard prominently on many of their best-known recordings, including “California Dreamin'” and “Monday Monday.”

After The Mamas & the Papas broke up in 1968, she was able to release a number of solo albums.  She continued to enjoy success that culminated with a sold-out run of shows in London in 1974.  And, as all things on this blog go, the good times ended there. Elliot died of a heart attack in her sleep (not of a ham sandwich) in her flat in Mayfair at the age of 32.  The exact same flat, incidentally, in which The Who drummer, Keith Moon, would also die some 4 years later.  Musicians/renters beware.


Mt. Sinai Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Courts Of TaNaCH, Lot 5600, Space 2; There are two enclosed courts in this section, Cass is buried in the first (Western) one, on the lawn,  just inside the back sidewalk, 2 spaces in from the back left (Southeastern) corner.