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Jackie Collins

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on November 12, 2018 by Cade

October 4, 1937 – September 19, 2015

Jacqueline “Jackie” Collins was a British-American novelist and television host who wrote more than 30 best-selling romance novels over the course of her 40 year career. After following older sister, Joan, from England to Hollywood in the late 1950s and trying her hand at acting, Jackie found more joy in telling stories. At the encouragement of her then husband, she completed and published her first novel, The World is Full of Married Men, in 1968. The book was well-received and – more importantly – controversial. Critics called it “filthy” and “disgusting.” It was banned in countries like South Africa and Australia. So, naturally, it was a hit. Collins went on to write other best-sellers like Hollywood Wives, Chances, The Stud, Dangerous Kiss and Drop Dead Beautiful. She was enamored with Los Angeles and Hollywood culture, which inspired many of her most successful books and characters. She also wrote screenplays and was heavily involved in the multiple television adaptations of her books. After releasing the final book in her “Lucky Santangelo” series, The Santangelos, in 2015, Jackie died of complications from breast cancer, which she had battled secretly for six years.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

On the western outside wall of the mausoleum section on the north side of the park, Jackie’s crypt is in the 3rd row up on this wall, 2 spaces directly above Heather O’Rourke and 1 row above and 1 space to the right of Truman Capote.

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Fanny Brice

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags on October 29, 2018 by Cade

October 29, 1891 – May 29, 1951

Legendary singer, actor and comedienne – or “funny girl” as it were – Fanny Brice was a stage and radio staple throughout the first half of the 20th century. Born Fania Borach in Manhattan, Brice worked her way up through the burlesque ranks and eventually began working with Flo Ziegfeld on his eponymous Follies shows. She broke through in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 with the hit song “My Man.” She would go on to appear in future installments of the Follies on stage, film and radio. It was during said radio work where she created and debuted her most famous character, the mischievous Baby Snooks. Brice recorded dozens of records in addition to her ubiquitous radio appearances and worked alongside some of the greatest names in comedy of the era. Despite the popularity of Baby Snooks, Fanny was unable to transition the character to television successfully. In 1951, at the age of just 59, Fanny Brice suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died. She was originally interred at Home of Peace Cemetery in Los Angeles, but was eventually moved to Westwood following the death of her daughter in 1992. While popular in life, Brice’s legacy was solidified after her death with the 1964 Broadway musical about her life, Funny Girl, and its subsequent film version; in both of which she was famously portrayed by a young Barbra Streisand.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Just to the south of the Garden of Serenity section at the south end of the park there is a small gated section. Fanny is buried in the short pillar about 25 feet east of the gate.

 

 

Patty Andrews

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , , , on October 24, 2018 by Cade

February 16, 1918 – January 30, 2013

Along with big sisters LaVerne and Maxene, Patty Andrews was one of the most recognizable and famous swing and boogie-woogie performers of all time. The Andrews Sisters were enormously popular during World War II when they performed for the U.S. Troops at home and abroad. They racked up hits like “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and appeared in more than a dozen films at the height of their career. Their classic harmonies inspired countless performers that followed. They worked with all the classic Big Band outfits from Tommy Dorsey to Benny Goodman and everyone in between. As with any musical group (or family, for that matter) there were fights, squabbles, law suits, suicide attempts and – naturally – reunions. Throughout everything, Patty tended to have more success than the others outside the group. She also enjoyed a long career on the stage and as a guest star on various television shows later in life. LaVerne died in 1967 and Patty and Maxene were on-again-off-again in the estrangement department for most of the rest of their lives. Maxene died in 1995 of a heart attack and Patty lived to the age of 94 before dying of natural causes.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

In the Garden of Serenity section at the south end of the park (with the fountains);  The walls surrounding this section have wall niches for cremated remains. You’ll find Patty’s niche on the short west-facing wall of the northern section on the bottom row.

Wayne Rogers

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on October 3, 2018 by Cade

April 7, 1933 – December 31, 2015

Sometimes, you just have to walk away. That’s exactly what Wayne Rogers did in 1975 when he left the massively successful sitcom, M*A*S*H after playing “Trapper” John McIntyre for the show’s first 72 episodes. Similar to fellow M*A*S*H alumnus (and fellow season 3 departer,) McLean Stevenson, Rogers – despite enjoying his time on the show immensely – grew tired of constantly playing second fiddle to Alan Alda’s “Hawkeye” Pierce. When signing on to do the show, he was promised that Trapper and Hawkeye would be equals, but as time went on, Rogers felt that Alda was getting all the good lines and all the good moments and it was time to leave the 4077th.  In the end, Rogers had a fine post-M*A*S*H career and even went on to a very successful livelihood in finance, becoming both an investor and regular panelist on the Fox Business Network. At the age of 82, Rogers died of pneumonia on New Years Eve.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Just to the south of the Sanctuary of Remembrance on the east side of the park, there’s an exterior corridor of wall crypts. Wayne is buried on the right as you enter, in the first column, 5 spaces up.

 

 

Jack Klugman

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on September 14, 2018 by Cade

April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012

Whether you remember him as Dr. Quincy (Quincy, M.E.), Oscar (The Odd Couple) or as Juror #5 (12 Angry Men), Jack Klugman is one of those actors that’s instantly recognizable. From stage to screen, The Twilight Zone to Gypsy, he was seemingly everywhere for more than 50 years. He is probably most widely regarded for bringing the role of Oscar Madison from the stage – where he replaced Walter Matthau – to the small screen – opposite Tony Randall – in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. Klugman won Emmys and Golden Globes, was nominated for Tonys and was praised and beloved by his peers. After successfully battling throat cancer for decades – and losing a vocal chord to the disease – Jack continued to fight and work until the end. He succumbed to prostate cancer in 2012 at the age of 90.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

In the Garden of Serenity section at the south end of the park (with the fountains);  The walls surrounding this section have wall niches for cremated remains. Near the center of the eastern-most wall (left as you enter), you’ll find Jack’s small niche immediately to the left of Janet Leigh.

 

Jane Greer

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags on September 9, 2018 by Cade

September 9, 1924 – August 24, 2001

“Mine is a sissy name. It’s too bo-peepish, ingenueish, for the type of role I’ve been playing.”

When Bettejane Greer legally changed her first name to just “Jane,” she was not wrong in her observation. RKO Picture’s ‘woman with the Mona Lisa smile’ was well-known for her femme fatale roles – most notably, opposite Robert Mitchum in the film noir classic Out of the Past – and enigmatic, hard shell characters. A Bettejane, she was most certainly not. Greer was a model, a singer and an actress whose career spanned more than half a century. She was discovered (controlled?) by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, briefly married to crooner Rudy Vallée and appeared on television shows ranging from Bonanza to Twin Peaks. But, her biggest legacy was using her girl-next-door charm to devious and villainous effect on the silver screen in the noir hey day of 1940’s Hollywood.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

In the Garden of Serenity section at the south end of the park there are 5 pillars with north-facing niches just to the east (right) when you enter. Jane is in the top space of the easternmost (5th) pillar.

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Florence Henderson

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on August 27, 2018 by Cade

henderson1February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016

It can be hard to go your entire career being associated with one character or one performance. For Florence Henderson, being the spokesperson for Wesson cooking oil for 2 decades was a defining persona and the kind of role every struggling actor covets. A gifted stage actress and singer, Henderson made a splash early on with performances on Broadway and televised productions of musicals. She appeared in game shows and on talk shows and was instantly recognizable in any household thanks to her long tenure with Wesson.

Oh, and in 1969, she was cast as the role of Carol Brady on the hit show The Brady Bunch which some consider one of the greatest television characters of all time and maybe the best television mother of all time, but I’d be willing to wager not many people remember that.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

In the Garden of Serenity section at the south end of the park there are 5 pillars with north-facing niches just to the east (left) when you enter. Florence is interred in the bottom niche of the first pillar.

Brian Keith

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags on February 14, 2014 by Cade

keith1November 14, 1921 – June 24, 1997

Brain Keith began acting at the age of two. He appeared on stage, in dozens of television shows and scores of films. He is probably best known for his role in the original The Parent Trap and for his television shows Family Affair (opposite Sebastian Cabot – who is buried just across the road from Keith) and Hardcastle and McCormick. Alright, so that last one is how I best remember him, but I digress. Keith’s career boasts an impressive number of starring and guest starring roles. He was prolific and busy. In his later life, he suffered from health issues, including emphysema and lung cancer. And in 1997, his daughter, Daisy, committed suicide. Unable to deal with his health and the death of his daughter1, Keith took his own life just two months later. He was interred next to Daisy in Westwood.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

In the Garden of Serenity section at the south end of the park (with the fountains);  The walls surrounding this section have wall niches for cremated remains. Brian’s niche is in the northeast corner on the top row, facing south.

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1 – and, apparently, financial troubles…but I’m not one to pile on.

Sebastian Cabot

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on February 14, 2014 by Cade

cabot1July 6, 1918 – August 22, 1977

Of course, I could very easily base most of this write up on English actor Charles Sebastian Thomas Cabot’s most famous role: that of valet Mr. French on the classic CBS sitcom Family Affair (opposite permanent neighbor, Brian Keith). But, I would rather devote my energy to his stunning turn as Bagheera, the wise panther in Disney’s 1967 masterpiece The Jungle Book. Without the centered and stoic Bagheera, who knows what would have become of the movie’s hero, Mowgli the mancub. Would he have succumbed to the lackadaisical and hapless ways of Baloo, doomed to drift through life without purpose or vision? Would he have been forced to unwillingly hand the secret of fire over to the likable, but dangerous King Louie? Even if he managed to evade these pitfalls, he most CERTAINLY would have been eaten by Kaa. But no, it was Cabot’s Bagheera who steered the young boy safely toward his destiny. And for that, we thank you, Sebastian.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Urn Garden at the southwest corner of the main lawn (just across from the office); Sebastian’s marker is in the top (northernmost) row about 9 spaces from the right edge.

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Dorothy Stratten

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags on February 14, 2014 by Cade

stratten1February 28, 1960 – August 14, 1980

Hollywood. Amiright?

Dorothy Stratten was smack in the middle of her Hollywood dream (by way of becoming Playboy’s Playmate of the Year) when she was murdered by the very man who had hitched his way on her coattails all the way from Vancouver. She had turned her popularity from the men’s magazine into a budding film career and even found herself in a relationship with a real-life Hollywood director. Of course, her jealous (and unstable) husband didn’t like that, so he did what any rational person would do: killed her and himself with a shotgun after an argument about money and divorce.

Stratten’s dream may have been cut short, but her tragic story went on to inspire a couple of films and numerous songs. Not sure she would be that excited about being said inspiration, but it’s something.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Section D, Center Lawn; There is a large evergreen tree about 1/3 of the way in from the eastern edge of the main lawn, Dorothy is buried about 4 rows to the south of this tree.

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