McKuen, Rod b. April 29, 1933 d. January 29, 2015 Poet, Composer, Songwriter and Singer. McKuen was a prolific force in popular culture, turning out hundreds of songs and poems and recordings in the 1960s and '70s which made him one of the best-selling poets in history. He spent his teens ranching and roping horses in a rodeo and wrote poetry in his free time. After serving as a propaganda writer in the Korean War, he wound up in San Francisco, where his friend Phyllis Diller helped him find work in the growing nightclub scene. He went on to...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Lanza (Cocozza), Mario (Alfredo Arnold) b. January 31, 1921 d. October 7, 1959 Singer, Actor. First singer to earn Gold Records (over 1 million copies sold) in both classical and pop categories. Born Alfred Arnold Cocozza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he left high school early to work in his uncle's grocery store, until he auditioned for a music scholarship in 1942. During World War II, he was drafted into the Army, and served until the end of the war. His wife, Betty Hicks Lanza, was the younger sister of his Army buddy, Bert Hicks, and they married shortly after...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Mausoleum, Block 46, Crypt D2 GPS coordinates: 33.9938431, -118.3839722 (hddd.dddd)
Bridges, Rocky b. August 7, 1927 d. January 27, 2015 Major League Baseball Player, Coach. For eleven seasons (1951 to 1961), he played at the second base, third base and shortstop positions with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels. Born Everett Lamar Bridges, he was raised in California and attended Polytechnic High School (Long Beach). Signed by Brooklyn as an amateur free agent in 1947, he marked his Major League debut with the Dodgers on April...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Saint Thomas Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho, USA Plot: Chapel Wall, S Inner, R I, N 16
McCullough, Colleen b. June 1, 1937 d. January 29, 2015 Author. She will be remembered for penning the bestseller "The Thorn Birds" (1977). The novel was adapted into a highly-viewed miniseries in 1983 which starred Richard Chamberlain as the Catholic priest who encountered a forbidden love affair with a young woman in the Australian Outback. Raised in Sydney, she received her bachelor's degree in Neurophysiology and founded a unit in that field at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. She moved to England in 1963 and earned a master's degree in...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Norfolk Island Cemetery, Kingston, Norfolk Island
Kyle, Chris (Christopher Scott) b. April 8, 1974 d. February 2, 2013 Military Figure, Author. He is best remembered for his autobiographical book "American Sniper," a New York Times bestseller that described his military career as a US Navy SEAL sniper. His father was a Sunday school teacher and church deacon who taught him how to hunt and shoot at a young age. After graduating from high school he became a professional bronco rodeo rider but quit after severely injuring his arm. After his arm healed he decided to join the military and signed with the US Navy to...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA Plot: Section:Statesmans' Meadow, Section 2 (G) Row:A Number:10
Balson (Perley), Sandy (Sandra) b. December 18, 1930 d. January 21, 2015 Actress. A pretty blonde, she is remembered for her roles in numerous screen features of the 1970s. Though little is recorded of her early life, she was born Sandra Perley and made her television debut in a 1969 episode of "The Outsider". Sandy went on to appear in such fare of the day as "Longstreet" and "Mannix", made her silver screen bow in the 1972 "Stand Up and Be Counted", and also in 1972 had probably her best known film role as Charlotte in "Last of the Red Hot Lovers". She was seen in...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Chauvin, Yves b. October 10, 1930 d. January 28, 2015 Nobel Prize Recipient. In 2005, he was co-recipient of the Chemistry Nobel Prize for his contribution to organic synthesis, providing a detailed mechanism for how metathesis reactions are catalysed. Trained as a chemical engineer, he graduated from the Lyon School of Industrial Chemistry in 1954. Going on to work at the French Institute of Petroleum in 1960, he researched new processes for the petrochemical industry. In the 1970s and 1980s, Chauvin published several books and chemistry magazine...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Beaumont-la Ronce Cemetery, Beaumont-la-Ronce, Departement d'Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France
Banks, Ernie 'Mr. Cub' b. January 31, 1931 d. January 23, 2015 Hall of Fame Baseball Player. A career .274 right-handed batter, he amassed 512 homeruns and 2,583 hits during his 18-year Major League career, which was spent entirely with the Chicago Cubs. He was a 14-time All-Star, a 2-time National League MVP and won a gold glove at shortstop in 1960. Most of his games were played at the shortstop or first base position. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. In 2013, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his...[Read More] (Bio by: Mike Beard) Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Hellwig, James Brian 'The Ultimate Warrior' b. June 16, 1959 d. April 8, 2014 Hall-of-Fame Professional Wrestler. A typecast villian noted for his ability to ignite a crowd, he is remembered as one of his sport's premier performers of the 1990s. Raised in Central Indiana, he spent one year at Indiana State University, studied at Atlanta's Life Chiropractic College, and was an amateur body builder in Southern California when he and some of his friends decided to try wrestling. In 1985 he joined the Memphis-based Continental Wrestling Association, initially billed as...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Wright, Orville b. August 19, 1871 d. January 30, 1948 Inventor. The younger of the two brothers who would invent the airplane and start the aerial age, he outlived his brother Wilbur by 36 years. Wilbur and Orville started a printing business in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio which soon expanded to a bicycle shop. Their interest in flying was peaked by their father, Milton, a well educated bishop in the Church of The United Brethren in Christ. The brothers inherited their mother Susan's mechanical ability (she made small appliances and toys)...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA Plot: section 101 lot 2533
Walker, Paul b. September 12, 1973 d. November 30, 2013 American Actor. Walker, who will best be remembered for his role as Brian O'Conner in the blockbuster action 'Fast & Furious' films, began his career on the small screen with a commercial for diapers when he was 2 years old. He went on to appear in TV shows such as 'Highway to Heaven', 'Throb', 'Charles in Charge', 'Who's the Boss?' and 'Touched By An Angel'. His first movie role was in 'Meet the Deedles' (1998) followed by supporting roles in 'Pleasantville' (1998), 'Varsity Blues' (1999), '...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Cause of death: Car accident Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Court of Liberty, Gardens of Heritage, Lot 393 GPS coordinates: 34.1441307, -118.3161392 (hddd.dddd)
Franklin, Joe b. March 9, 1926 d. January 24, 2015 Television Personality, Author. Nicknamed "The King of Nostalgia". Regarded by many as a pioneer of the television talk show format, his program "The Joe Franklin Show" ran for more than 40-years from 1950 until 1993. At one point, he earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest running talk show program. Born Joseph Fortgang, his association with the entertainment industry began during his mid teens, when he worked behind-the-scenes for such radio personalities as Al...[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!
Douglas (Smith), Donna (Doris) b. September 26, 1932 d. January 1, 2015 American Actress. Douglas, who grew up in Baton Rouge, will best be remembered for her role as Elly May Clampett in the 1960s CBS television series, 'The Beverly Hillbillies'. Born Doris Smith, she attended a Catholic High School where she was active in sports. In 1957, she was named "Miss Baton Rouge" and was later crowned "Miss New Orleans". Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting and started out as a model for toothpaste advertisements. She was featured on...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Bluff Creek Community Cemetery, Bluff Creek, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, USA
Mamey, Norman Henry b. November 7, 1948 d. January 22, 2015 Conductor. He was prominent musical figure known for his work for television, films and orchestration. A graduate of composition from Pepperdine University, he received his Master of Arts in Symphonic Conducting at the University of California, Los Angeles. He conducted orchestras such as The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Dusseldorf Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Symphony of the New World Orchestra and Capistrano Symphony Orchestra. For motion pictures, he scored...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Walton, Sam b. March 29, 1918 d. April 5, 1992 Businessman. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he began his career as a retail merchant when he opened the first of several franchises of the Ben Franklin five-and-dime franchises in Arkansas. He opened his first Wal-Mart store in 1962; specializing in name-brands at low prices, the chain of Wal-Mart stores sprang up across rural America. His management style was popular with employees and helped to spur growth, taking the company public in 1970. The decentralized distribution...[Read More] Bentonville Cemetery, Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas, USA Plot: Block 9, Lot 15
Arnett, Ray b. 1917 d. March 12, 2015 Choreographer, Director and Producer. Arnett was best known for his decades spent working with Liberace. Early in his career, he was nicknamed "King of the Gypsies" for being the hardest-working chorus boy in the now cult classic 'Forgotten Musicals' on Broadway. Soon thereafter, he would dance alongside the legendary Mae West on television and...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Holmes (Mudgett), H. (Herman Webster) H. b. May 16, 1861 d. May 7, 1896 Mass Murderer. Born in Gilmantown, New Hampshire he studied medicine and worked as a druggist in Chicago. A good looking, natural born con man he had a special flair or attracting the ladies of that time. During the Chicago World Fair of 1893 he was the owner/proprietor of the infamous “Murder Castle”. It had hidden rooms, concealed stairways, trap doors, false walls, chutes, an elevator with no shaft and an elevator shaft with no elevator. He ran ads for a secretary in Chicago papers...[Read More] (Bio by: Richard Blunk) Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Sec. 15, Range 10, Lot 41, graves 3 & 4 GPS coordinates: 39.9285355, -75.2577133 (hddd.dddd)
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
Oswald, Lee Harvey b. October 18, 1939 d. November 24, 1963 Accused Assassin of 35th US President John F. Kennedy. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Robert Edward Lee Oswald and Marguerite Claverie. His father died of a sudden heart attack, and Lee was raised by a succession of step-fathers. Growing up, he was considered a loner, not very good academically, and dropped out of high school when he was 15. When he was 16, he took an...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA Plot: Section 17 GPS coordinates: 32.7324486, -97.2032394 (hddd.dddd)