Ruffian b. April 17, 1972 d. July 7, 1975 Racehorse. She was catapulted to fame more by the manner of her death rather than a lengthy record breaking career. After only ten races she was pitted against Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure in a match race at Belmont Park on July 5, 1975. The fifty thousand spectators who packed the small track that day, along with hundreds of thousands who ordinarily didn't follow racing watching on televison, were witness to the greatest horse racing tragedy in history. The two horses burst from...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Belmont Park Race Track, Elmont, Nassau County, New York, USA Plot: Under infield flagpole
Surratt, Mary Elizabeth b. May 4, 1823 d. July 7, 1865 Lincoln conspirator. She was born Mary Elizabeth Jenkins to a farming family in Prince George County, Maryland near what today is the town of Waterloo. Her education was above average for women of that time. Mary attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Alexandria, Virginia which was staffed by the Sisters of Charity. She was married at seventeen to John H. Surratt and they set up housekeeping on his Prince George County farm. After the house was destroyed by fire, her husband rebuilt at...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Cause of death: Executed by hanging Mount Olivet Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA Plot: Section 12-F, Lot 31
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
Rhodes (Runnels), Dusty (Virgil Riley) b. October 11, 1945 d. June 11, 2015 Professional Wrestler. Rhodes, better known as "The American Dream", was an American former professional wrestler and trainer who worked for the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Born Virgil Runnels, the son of a plumber, he was billed as "a common man and a working-class hero" who fought many in-ring battles with Ric Flair and his group, the Four Horsemen. Rhodes was a three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, a former United States Champion and a multi-time World Tag Team and Six-Man Tag...[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!
Macnee, Patrick b. February 6, 1922 d. June 25, 2015 Actor. A suave looking leading man, he will be remembered for playing 'John Steed' in the British TV spy series "The Avengers" (1961 to 1969) and "The New Avengers" (1976 to 1977). Born Daniel Patrick Macnee, his parents divorced during his early youth. He studied at Eton College and following his decision to pursue an acting career, he received his training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He made his professional debut in repertory theater and following service with...[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, Eric b. June 21, 1958 d. July 6, 2004 Actor. Son of Actor Kirk Douglas. He was also was half-brother to Oscar-winning actor producer Michael Douglas and uncle to Cameron Douglas, Michael's actor son. Though not as famous as his father or half-brother Michael, he made his share of headlines unfortunately, they almost exclusively involved arrests. As an actor, he appeared as a guest on the 1970s television White Shadow series, a supporting part in The Golden Child and in 1991, he appeared in a Tales from the Crypt episode with his...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Accidental acute intoxication Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Nimoy, Leonard b. March 26, 1931 d. February 27, 2015 American Actor. He will forever be remembered as Mr. Spock from the 'Star Trek' franchise. After serving in the Army from 1953-55, he appeared in small roles in a few films, but mostly found roles in TV series, appearing in episodes of 'Dragnet', 'Sea Hunt', 'Bonanza', 'Wagon Train', 'Rawhide', 'The Twilight Zone', 'The Untouchables', 'The Outer Limits', 'Get Smart' and 'Gunsmoke' before being spotted by 'Star Trek' creator ...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Garden of Solomon, Block 4, Space 10 GPS coordinates: 33.9798584, -118.3878174 (hddd.dddd)
Mansur, Hassan Ali b. April 13, 1923 d. January 27, 1965 Iranian Prime Minister. He served as Prime Minister of Iran from 1963 to 1965, most of which was known as the "White Revolution". Mansur was born to Prime Minister Ali Mansour and his wife. After his education, he started in politics, serving in various positions. Mansur founded the Progressive Party, which later became the "IRAN NOVIN' party. In 1963 Mansur was appointed prime minister and introduced many young new faces to the government. He was both liberal and pro-American in his...[Read More] Body lost or destroyed, Remains were dug up and scattered during the Islamic Revolution of 1979
Waite, Ralph b. June 22, 1928 d. February 13, 2014 Actor. He will be best remembered for playing 'John Walton', patriarch of the family in the TV series "The Waltons" (1972 to 1981). Following high school, he served with the United States Marine Corps shortly after World War II. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bucknell University and later attended Yale's Divinity School which resulted in his being ordained a Presbyterian minister. He landed a position as a religious editor for the publisher Harper and Row and took an interest in...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) White Plains Rural Cemetery, White Plains, Westchester County, New York, USA Plot: Section 7, Lot 911-A
Doyle, Sir. Arthur Conan b. May 22, 1859 d. July 7, 1930 Author. He is best remembered as the creator of the fictional detective "Sherlock Holmes", which has become one of the most famous fictional characters of all time. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he began practicing medicine in 1882, but was not a great success. While waiting for patients, he started writing short stories as a hobby, but his early writings earned him only pocket money. His first great success came with his first Sherlock Holmes novel, "A Study in Scarlet" (1887). In Holmes...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) All Saints Churchyard, Minstead, New Forest District, Hampshire, England Plot: Under an oak tree, with wife
Horner, James b. August 14, 1953 d. June 22, 2015 American Composer. Horner was a two-time Academy Award winner who was primarily known for composing film scores. In all, he earned 10 Oscar nominations for such films as 'Aliens' (1986), 'Field of Dreams' (1989), 'Braveheart' (1995), 'A Beautiful Mind' (2001), 'House of Sand and Fog' (2003) and 'Avatar' (2009). His two wins came in 1997; one for original dramatic score and the other for original song, 'My Heart Will Go On', from that years best picture winner, 'Titanic'. Horner, whose father...[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!
Smith, Jeff 'The Frugal Gourmet' b. January 22, 1939 d. July 7, 2004 Television Personality. Known as "The Frugal Gourmet," he was an ordained minister who became a very popular gourmet cook on National Public Television and also published several cookbooks about how to create delicious meals while being efficient with one's time and ingredients. (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cause of death: Congenital heart disease Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
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)
Weesner, Theodore b. July 31, 1935 d. June 26, 2015 Author. He will be best remembered for his penning of the juvenility-themed novel "The Car Thief" (1972). His father was an alcoholic, his mother abandoned the family when he was one year old, he was cared for by a foster mother, Theodore dropped out of high school and became a troubled teenager, prior to joining the United States Army (he was stationed in Germany) at the age of seventeen. During this time, he completed his high school studies and following his discharge, he enrolled at...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, His ashes were returned to his wife Janet
Sydes, Anthony b. May 4, 1941 d. June 20, 2015 American Child Actor. Sydes, brother of juvenile actress Carol Sydes, also known as Cindy Carol, grew up in North Hollywood, California. He made his first film appearance in 1946's 'Claudia and David', and went on to appear in such films as 'Miracle on 34th Street' (1947), 'Sitting Pretty' (1948), 'Canon City' (1949), 'Cheaper by the Dozen' (1950), 'Dreamboat' (1952), 'Lust for Life' (1956) and 'Gunsmoke in Tucson' (1958). On television, among shows he had roles on were 'Adventures of Wild Bill...[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!
Ford, Mary b. July 7, 1924 d. September 30, 1977 Singer, Musician. She would gain fame with guitar playing and electronic recording genius Les Paul, beginning as a country artist under the name of Colleen Summers (Iris Colleen Summers). In the 1940s, Paul was seeking a female vocalist for an NBC program and she was one of those who auditioned. After selecting her out of the candidates. Paul changed her name (one story is that he found the name, "Mary Ford" while looking through a telephone directory and this became her stage name). Through...[Read More] (Bio by: John Perin) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Covina Hills), Covina, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Churchyard, Lot 1498, Grave 2
Garvin, Anita b. February 11, 1907 d. July 7, 1994 Actress. She is best-remembered for playing shrewish wives and haughty society ladies in Laurel and Hardy comedies. Armed with a withering sneer and sometimes with a shotgun, she was an incomparable foil for Stan and Ollie in such films as "The Battle of the Century" (1927), "From Soup To Nuts" (1928), "Blotto" (1930), and "Be Big!" (1931). Garvin was born in New York City, and moved to Southern California as a child. She claimed Mack Sennett cast her as one of his famous "Bathing Beauties"...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Section E, urn garden, row 67, #8
Lee, Sir. Christopher b. May 27, 1922 d. June 7, 2015 Actor. During a lengthy and distinguished film career, with a wide range of roles to his credit, he will perhaps be best remembered for his work in the Horror genre and his association with Hammer Films, where he was often paired with Peter Cushing. Notably as 'Count Dracula'. Additionally, he shared the screen with such horror legends as Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. Born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, his father was a military figure, his mother was of Italian descent, he was educated at...[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!
Leigh, Janet b. July 6, 1927 d. October 3, 2004 Actress. Born Jeanette Helen Morrison, she was discovered when retired film star Norma Shearer saw her picture at a ski resort. Norma recommended her to talent agent Lew Wasserman who got Janet a contract at MGM for $50 a week and who christened Jeanette with the stage name, Janet Leigh. She made her first movie, "The Romance of Rosy Bridge," at 19 in 1947. By 1949, she was very busy, working in six movies that year alone. Some of her films included "Act of Violence," "Little Women," "...[Read More] (Bio by: Donna Di Giacomo) Cause of death: Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: cremated
Morris the Cat b. 1959 d. 1978 Animal Actor. Discovered in 1966 in the Humane Society of Hinsdale, Illinois, by his handler Bob Martwick, who needed a orange cat for a commercial. He adopted Morris who at the time of adoption was seven years old and he sit him in front of a camera, Morris was a natural and a four legged star was born. Morris made his television debut in 1969 for "9Lives" cat food commercials, he was "the world's most finicky cat", eating only 9Lives. Morris would go on to appear in other media over the years...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Non-Cemetery Burial, backyard of his trainer Bob Martwick in Chicago, Illinois