Houston, Whitney b. August 9, 1963 d. February 11, 2012 Recording Artist, Actress, Entertainer. Regarded as one of the finest female vocalists of her generation, she began her musical career singing as a member of the New Hope Baptist Church junior gospel choir. She is credited with inspiring the successful musical careers of Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson among others. She was discovered at a local New York City nightclub by former Arista Records president Clive Davis, where she performed as a backup vocalist for her mother Cissy Houston...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA GPS coordinates: 40.6648369, -74.3268814 (hddd.dddd)
Brown, Bobbi Kristina b. March 4, 1993 d. July 26, 2015 Singer and Reality Television Star. The only child of entertainers Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, she was thrust into the spotlight at an early age when she appeared with her parents, who had a tumultuous 14-year marriage, tarnished by rumors of infidelity, drug use, and domestic violence, on the widely criticized 2005 reality show 'Being Bobby Brown'. Brown performed with her mother in several live duets on...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA
Rule, Ann b. October 22, 1930 d. July 26, 2015 American Author. A former Seattle Policewoman, Rule was raised in a law-enforcement family and was regarded by many as one America's foremost true crime writers. Both her grandfather and her uncle were Michigan sheriffs, her cousin was a Prosecuting Attorney and another uncle was the Medical Examiner. After receiving a BA from the University of Washington in Creative Writing, she turned to crime writing in the late 1960s and broke through with 'The Stranger Beside Me', a chilling account of her...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Liszt, Margie b. January 2, 1909 d. August 24, 1992 Actress. Best known for roles in the Three Stooges shorts, and television of the 1950's and 1960's. She began with uncredited roles at Columbia Pictures, in "Life with Blondie"(1945) and "Blondie's Lucky Day"(1946). Her Three Stooges short films included "Babysitters Jitters"(1951), "The Tooth Will Out"(1951), "Pest Man Wins"(1951), and "Income Tax Sappy"(1954). Among her numerous roles on television were "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show"(1951-52), "I Love Lucy"(1952-53), "The Frank...[Read More] (Bio by: Thomas) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Ashes spread at sea off Newport Beach, California.
Smith, Mildred Joanne b. May 16, 1921 d. July 19, 2015 Actress. She will be best remembered for playing Sidney Poitier's wife 'Cora Brooks' in the racially-charged film "No Way Out" (1951). Born in Ohio (some sources state her year of birth was 1921), she marked her Broadway debut in the play "Men to the Sea" (1944) and went on to appear in a half-dozen productions including "Beggar's Holiday" (1946 to 1947), which starred Zero Mostel and ran for over one-hundred performances. In 1952, she nearly died in a plane crash in which 25 people perished...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA
Kennedy Onassis (Bouvier), Jacqueline Lee 'Jackie' b. July 28, 1929 d. May 19, 1994 Presidential First Lady. Wife of 35th United States President John F. Kennedy. She served as First Lady from January 20, 1961 to November 22, 1963. She was a daughter of John Vernou Bouvier, III and his wife, Janet Lee. Her early years were divided between New York City and East Hampton. When in her early teens, her mother remarried Hugh D Auchincloss and the family moved to to his home near Washington, D.C. spending the summers at Newport, Rhode Island. While dubbed "the Debutante of the Year"...[Read More] (Bio by: D C McJonathan-Swarm) Cause of death: Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 45 Site S-45
Parry, Natasha b. December 2, 1930 d. July 22, 2015 Actress. Parry starred in a number of critically acclaimed films, including Franco Zeffirelli’s 'Romeo and Juliet' in 1968. The daughter of director Gordon Parry, she appeared on stage for the first time at the age of 12 and made her film debut in 1949's 'The Gay Adventure'. In 1951, she married theatre and film director Peter Brook and performed in many of his stage productions, including 'King Lear' in 1953. The play was later adapted for American television, in which she co-starred with...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Jouars-Pontchartrain Churchyard, Jouars-Pontchartrain, Departement des Yvelines, Île-de-France, France
Bikel, Theodore b. May 2, 1924 d. July 21, 2015 Actor. Highly-versatile, he played a wide range of parts and may perhaps be best remembered for his stage performances, notably as 'Tevye' in "Fiddler on the Roof". Born to a Austrian-Jewish family, he learned Hebrew and Yiddish at home, while being taught German in school. After the Nazi occupation of Austria, he fled with his family to Palestine and while there, he attended agricultural college, in addition to working as a laborer on a farm, also known as a kibbutz. He developed a liking for...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Temple, Shirley b. April 23, 1928 d. February 10, 2014 Actress, United States Diplomat. She is considered an icon of American cinema, she is arguably the most successful child film star in motion picture history. She started taking dancing lessons at the age of three, and had her first experience in motion pictures when she was chosen to appear in a series of films called "Baby Burlesks", in which she was to imitate the top female stars of the time. She caught the attention of movie audiences with a dance number called "Baby Take a Bow" in the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Champion, Gower b. June 22, 1919 d. August 25, 1980 Dancer, Actor, Choreographer, Broadway Director. Gower Champion is considered one of the greatest Broadway director-choreographers of all times. His early fame in clubs and films was earned in partnership with his dancer wife, Marge, and were considered one of the theater's most glamorous couples. He was a native of Geneva, Illinois but grew up in Los Angeles, the new address of his mother, who settled here after a divorce. A taskmaster as well a perfectionist, she enrolled him in a dancing...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Elliot (Cohen), Cass (Ellen Naomi) b. September 19, 1941 d. July 29, 1974 Rock Singer. She was a singer for the folk-rock group "Mamas and the Papas," during the 1960s and early 1970s. Born Ellen Naomi Cohen in Baltimore, Maryland, she grew up in the Washington DC area. During her senior year in high school she performed in a summer stock of "The Boyfriend" at the Owings Mills Playhouse; a performance that compelled her to forego college in pursuit of an acting career. She began with the play version of "The Music Man" and in early 1963 she formed a folk singing...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Heart attack Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Court of Tanach, Lot 5000, Grave 2F
Brennan, Eileen b. September 3, 1932 d. July 28, 2013 Actress. She will be best remembered for originating the role of Captain Doreen Lewis in the motion picture "Private Benjamin" (1980), which earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. She went onto revive her part in the TV series of the same name which ran from 1981 until 1983. Born Verla Eileen Regina Brennan into an Irish Catholic family, her father was a physician, her mother was a silent film actress, she enrolled at Georgetown University and it was during the period...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Powell, William b. July 29, 1892 d. March 5, 1984 Actor. His birth and boyhood home until age ten was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His accountant father had visions of his only son acquiring a legal career. However, William showed talent and a keen interest in the theatre in high school. Following graduation, over the objections of his father, his aunt staked him and he enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He first began his career on the stage with many lean years performing in vaudeville and stock companies...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Cause of death: Cardiac arrest in his sleep Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA Plot: B-10, #20
List, John Emil b. September 17, 1925 d. March 21, 2008 Mass Murderer. A native of Bay City, Michigan, John Emil List was a former accountant who on the night of November 9, 1971, shot his entire family to death including his wife Helen, daughter Patricia, sons Frederick and John Jr., and his elderly mother Alma, in their upscale Westfield, New Jersey, home. List who had a history of losing jobs, had also accumulated several financial debts just before the murders. His wife's mental illness, the cost of an expensive house, and his depression, are...[Read More] Saint Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery, Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan, USA
Jackson, Michael b. August 29, 1958 d. June 25, 2009 Musician, Entertainer. He was called the "King of Pop," and is best remembered for his revolutionary videos such as "Thriller" (1982), and "Dangerous" (1991), as well as two Guinness World Records: Most successful entertainer of all time (with 13 Grammy Awards, 13 Number One single hits in a solo career, and sales of over 750 million in albums worldwide), and for having the greatest selling album of all time ("Thriller"). He is also remembered for his trademark single sequined white glove, and...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Acute Propofol intoxication compounded by the effects of benzodiazapines or a benzodiazapine. Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Great Mausoleum, Holly Terrace, Sanctuary of Ascension. This mausoleum is private and locked to the general public.
Dennis, Roy Lee 'Rocky' b. December 4, 1961 d. October 4, 1978 Medical Curiosity Victim. Born with the rare disease, craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, which causes the calcium to accumulate on the skull and makes the head grow to twice its normal size, Rocky showed a remarkable display of courage in the face of inevitable death. The movie "Mask" (1985) was made about him, with Eric Stoltz playing the role of the teenaged Rocky, and Cher playing the role of his mother, Rusty. Rocky was the son of Roy Dennis and Florence "Rusty" Tullis. Rocky was the second...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Craniodiaphyseal dysplasia Donated to medical science, Body donated to UCLA medical research.
Pusser, Buford Hayse b. December 12, 1937 d. August 21, 1974 Folk Figure. He was the Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, and subject of the movie "Walking Tall" (1973), in which his unusual methods of law enforcement brought him popular renown. Born in McNairy County, Tennessee, his father was the Adamsville, Tennessee Chief of Police. In 1956, he graduated from Adamsville High School, where he excelled on the school's football and basketball varsity teams. Shortly after graduating from high school, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps, and...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Auto accident Adamsville War Memorial Park, Adamsville, McNairy County, Tennessee, USA GPS coordinates: 35.2364197, -88.3974228 (hddd.dddd)
Sharif (Shalhoub), Omar (Michel Dimitri) b. April 10, 1932 d. July 10, 2015 Actor. The handsome leading man came to international prominence, when he co-starred with Peter O'Toole in the classic film "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) and three years later, distinguished himself playing the title role in "Doctor Zhivago" (1965). Born to a wealthy Egyptian-Lebanese family, he learned English in school, in addition to mastering a number of other languages. He attended Victory College in Cairo, where he studied Physics and Math, prior to concentrating on a career in the theater...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) El Sayeda Nafisa Cemetery, Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
Dressler, Marie b. November 9, 1869 d. July 28, 1934 Actress. Born Leila Koerber on Ontario, Canada, she made her first public appearance at the age of five when she appeared as "Cupid" on a pedestal in a church theatrical performance. She wrote in her memoirs that she was instructed by her father to remain still, but she claims that the stool didn't and subsequently she fell into the arms of another performer to the howling delight of the audience. She claims that that moment was when she became 'bit by the acting bug'. She joined with a...[Read More] (Bio by: Patrick R) Cause of death: Cancer Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Benediction