Rey (Reynolds), Reynaldo (Harry) b. January 27, 1940 d. May 28, 2015 Actor, Comedian. Born Harry Reynolds of African-American and American-Indian ancestry, he was a popular comedian and entertainer personality. Educated at Kansas State Teacher's College, he was a teacher for seven years in Cleveland, Ohio, when he moved to New York City and joined the Harlem Theater Group. As a member of the Harlem Theater, he toured with the music group the O’Jays, performing as a stand-up comedian, in Europe, Asia, Africa and made his big screen debut in “Young Doctors in Love”...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
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
King, B.B. b. September 16, 1925 d. May 14, 2015 Legendary Blues Musician. Widely regarded as one of the greatest blues guitarists in music history, he was influential to a bevy of artists including The Beatles and Eric Clapton. Born Riley B. King, he was raised on a Mississippi plantation. He learned to play the guitar during his youth and experienced his first taste of performing on street corners for pocket change. When he came to the realization of having a career as musician, he hitchhiked a ride to Memphis and lived with his cousin...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, Indianola, Sunflower County, Mississippi, 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.
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
Negri, Pola b. December 31, 1899 d. August 1, 1987 Actress. She was born into a comfortable lifestyle until her father was arrested by the Russians and sent to a Siberian prison camp. She moved to Warsaw, Poland in 1902 and spent her formative years in poverty. As a teenager, she auditioned for the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet and was accepted. She showed great promise as a ballerina until she contracted tuberculosis and and to cut short her dancing career. She then auditioned for the Warsaw Imperial Academy of Dramatic Arts and became a...[Read More] (Bio by: Marta Monk) Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 56, Crypt E-19
Nash Jr., Dr. John Forbes b. June 13, 1928 d. May 23, 2015 Nobel Prize Winning Mathematician. The recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Economics Sciences and the subject of Sylvia Nasar's 1998 biography "A Beautiful Mind" as well as the 2001 the Academy Award winning movie of the same name in which he was portrayed by Russell Crowe, he shall be remembered for developing the 'Nash Equilibrium', an explanation of non co-operative game theory which has provided the basis of a large portion of business marketing strategy since the early 1950s. The child...[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
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
Wayne (Morrison), John (Marion) b. May 26, 1907 d. June 11, 1979 Actor. He is noted mostly for his military and cowboy roles, and an American Icon. Fiercely patriotic and a staunch American, he represented an American ideal of rugged individualism. Politically conservative and hawkish, he was directly the opposite of many Hollywood stars, and often ridiculed for his political opinions. Born Marion Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, his family moved to southern California, where his father owned a ranch, and he learned to ride a horse. When the ranch failed, his...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar, Orange County, California, USA Plot: Bayview Terrace, section 575
Ball, Lucille b. August 6, 1911 d. April 26, 1989 Legendary comedic actress, best known for the title role in the hit television sitcom of the 1950's "I Love Lucy." She was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Intent on becoming an actress, she left high school at age 15, and tried unsuccessfully to get into drama school in New York City. Undaunted, Ball took a job as a waitress while trying for jobs in modeling and in chorus lines of Broadway shows. Moderately successful in these pursuits, she was chosen to be...[Read More] (Bio by: Edward Parsons) Cause of death: Ruptured aorta after heart surgery Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, USA Plot: Highland section
Rockefeller, Happy b. June 9, 1926 d. May 19, 2015 Socialite. The wife of former New York Governor and the 41st Vice President of the United States Nelson Rockefeller, she held the distinction as being the Second Lady of the United States from 1974 until 1977. Born Margaretta Large Fitler, into a wealthy family, she was raised on Philadelphia's Main Line in luxury with privileges. She received her education at the Shipley School and during World War II, she was a driver for the Women's Volunteer Service located in Philadelphia. Happy was...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Rockefeller Family Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA
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)
Henry, Patrick b. May 29, 1736 d. June 6, 1799 American Patriot. He is best remembered for his stirring phrase "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death." Born in Hanover County, Virginia, he attended public school for only a short time, and was taught by his father, who had a good education. He began a career as a shopkeeper, but was a poor businessman and soon deeply in debt. He then studied law and received his attorney's license in 1760, which helped his oratory skills when he had to argue cases in court. In 1764, Henry was elected to the...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Henry Cemetery, Charlotte County, Virginia, USA