West, Mae (Mary Jane) b. August 17, 1893 d. November 22, 1980 Legendary Entertainer, Actress. She made her theatrical debut at age 7 for an Elks-sponsored amateur talent contest on the stage of a local vaudeville theater; the award she received for her effort, a gold medal, set the tone for a lifetime of winning appearances. Soon she would achieve professional status performing roles as Little Nell and Huck Finnís girl Becky Thatcher with stock companies. While playing a vaudeville date, she met song & dance man Frank Wallace. The two formed an act, and...[Read More] Cause of death: Complications from stroke Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Rotella, Johnny d. September 11, 2014 Musician, Songwriter. Rotella began his career in his teens, playing clarinet and saxophone with many bands. During World War II, he was stationed in New Jersey with the Army Service Forces Band, and during visits to New York City, he studied with Simeon Bellison on clarinet, Joe Allard on saxophone and Victor Goldring on flute. After his military service, Rotella joined Raymond Scottís band in New York and later, the bands of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. On a trip to California with Goodman...[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!
Arness (Aurness), James (James King) King 'Matt Dillon' b. May 26, 1923 d. June 3, 2011 Actor. He is best remembered for his role of 'Marshall Matt Dillon' in the long-running television Western "Gunsmoke" (1955 to 1975). Born James King Aurness, his father was a traveling salesman, his mother was a newspaper columnist. He briefly attended Beloit College in Wisconsin before his service with the United States Army during World War II. He would suffer severe leg wounds (he was recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star) during the Anzio landing and after his recovery and return...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Great Mausoleum, Jasmine Terrace, Sanctuary of Abiding Hope, Crypt 16174
Temple, Shirley b. April 23, 1928 d. February 10, 2014 Actress, US Ambassador. An icon of American Cinema, she is perhaps the most successful child film star in movie history. Her father was a banker, she started taking dancing lessons at the age of three. Her first experience in pictures happened 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, among them Marlene Dietrich. She caught the attention of movie audiences and captured their hearts with a dance number...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
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
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.
Cain, Jackie b. May 22, 1928 d. September 15, 2014 Jazz Vocalist. Along with her husband Roy Karl, they formed a successful and popular jazz duo. They will be best remembered for their fun and exuberant singing style which enlivened a wide range of classic jazz cover hits. Born in Milwaukee, her father was a furniture salesman, she saw her family suffer financially during "The Depression". Following her parent's divorce, she lived with her mother and grandmother. An interest in music helped Jackie get through her childhood years and while...[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!
Farmer, Frances b. September 19, 1913 d. August 1, 1970 Actress. A figure in the theater and in motion pictures during the 1930s and 1940s, she appeared in eighteen films, three Broadway plays, thirty major radio shows and seven stock company productions all by the age of 27. Her troubled life was depicted in the motion picture "Frances" in 1982. Cause of death: Cancer Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Fishers, Hamilton County, Indiana, USA
Anderson Jr., John b. May 8, 1917 d. September 15, 2014 Governor of Kansas. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the 36th Governor of the State of Kansas from 1961 until 1965. He attended Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. Unable to serve in the United States Military during World War II, due to a medical condition, he attained his degree in Law from the University of Kansas and served as an aid to former Kansas Governor and Federal Judge Walter A. Huxman. Anderson launched his political career, when he was elected to...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Old Monticello Cemetery, Shawnee, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
Price, Sterling b. September 20, 1809 d. September 29, 1867 Civil War Confederate Major General, US Congressman, Missouri Governor. After 6 years in the general assembly of Missouri, including 4 as speaker, Price was elected to Congress in 1844. He resigned his seat in 1846 to lead the 2d Missouri Infantry in the war against Mexico. Price was elected governor of Missouri & presided over the state convention considering secession. He then accepted command of Missouri's militia forces from pro-Southern governor Claiborne Jackson. Price & his Missouri...[Read More] Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA GPS coordinates: 38.6944084, -90.2300034 (hddd.dddd)
Jones, Carolyn b. April 28, 1930 d. August 3, 1983 Actress. She is best remembered for her role of Morticia Frump Addams on "The Addams Family" television show (1964-1966). Born Carolyn Sue Jones in Amarillo, Texas, her father abandoned the family in 1933 when he lost his job in the Great Depression, and her mother moved the family in with her parents, then also living in Amarillo. As a child, she suffered from asthma, but loved to go to the movies, and while in school, she won several awards for speech, poetry and dramatics. In 1947, she was...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Cancer Melrose Abbey Memorial Park, Anaheim, Orange County, California, USA Plot: North Patio, 46 gg (in her mother's crypt)
Rosenberg, Edgar b. September 21, 1925 d. August 14, 1987 Film and Television Producer and Writer. Born in Germany to Jewish parents, his family emigrated to Denmark and then to South Africa when he was a young boy in order to escape the Nazis. Educated in England, he moved to the United States as a young man and landed a job at NBC where he eventually became an assistant to Emanuel Sacks, vice president of entertainment. In the 1960s, he worked for a public relations firm where he was a valued news source for journalists. He later formed his own...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Gonsoulin, Austin 'Goose' b. June 7, 1938 d. September 8, 2014 Professional Football Player. For eight seasons (1960 to 1967), he played at the safety position in the American and National Football Leagues with the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. Born Austin William Gonsoulin, he attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Texas where he participated in track and football. He played collegiate football at Baylor University and distinguished himself as the team's captain. Prior to his professional football career, he served with the United States Army...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, Jefferson County, Texas, USA
Ritter, John b. September 17, 1948 d. September 11, 2003 Actor. A figure in television and motion pictures, he is fondly remembered for his role in the television comedy series "Three's Company" and "8 Simple Rules for Dating my Daughter." He received an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for his work on "Three's Company." The youngest son of movie and television singing cowboy actor Tex Ritter, it was natural that he would follow his father's footsteps into show...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Court of Liberty, Lot 1622 GPS coordinates: 34.1440811, -118.3177185 (hddd.dddd)
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
Luckman, Charles b. May 16, 1909 d. January 26, 1999 American Businessman, Architect. Luckman graduated magna cum laude from the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois in 1931, but upon graduation, took a job in the the advertising department at the Colgate Company, since architectural commissions were scarce during the Great Depression. In 1935, he became sales manager of the Pepsodent Company, where his marketing techniques were credited with quadrupling profits. In 1937, he was featured on the cover of Time Magazine as "The Boy...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Columbarium of Eternal Light (locked private gardens) niche 528
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.
Preisser, June b. June 26, 1920 d. September 19, 1984 American actress best known at MGM for giving young Judy Garland competition over the attentions of Mickey Rooney in a couple of their famous let's-put-on-show musical films, this dimpled blond cream puff was first and formost an acrobat dancer and contortionist. She was in a number of broadway shows. By her late 20's her film career fell away after this and, following a stint in "Annie Get Your Gun" at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, retired from show business. After a bitter divorce she...[Read More] (Bio by: David) Atkins Cemetery, Blountstown, Calhoun County, Florida, USA Plot: unknown
Fahey, Anne Marie b. January 27, 1966 d. June 27, 1996 Murder Victim. She was Delaware Governor Thomas Carper's scheduling secretary. She had been having an affair with Thomas Capano, who was married and the father of four daughters. When she tried to end the affair, Capano shot her in the head, placed her body in a cooler and dumped it in the ocean off Mako Island in Southern New Jersey. Capano was convicted of first degree murder in January, 1999 when the cooler was found by a fisherman. He was subsequently sentenced to death by lethal injection...[Read More] Body lost at sea