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.
McCoy, Randolph 'Randall' b. October 30, 1825 d. March 28, 1914 Folk Figure. He was the patriarch of the McCoy clan involved in the infamous American Hatfield-McCoy feud that occurred in eastern Kentucky and western West Virginia for almost 30 years. He was born the 4th of 13 children in the Tug River Valley, Kentucky. He served in the Confederate Army during the early years of the American Civil War and was a prisoner of war from 1863 to 1865. In the late 1870s the Hatfield family patriarch, Devil Anse Hatfield, was involved in a land dispute with Perry...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Dils Cemetery, Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky, 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
Ustinov, Sir. Peter b. April 16, 1921 d. March 28, 2004 Actor, Motion Picture Director, Educator. He is best remembered for his film roles of vain, selfish, insolent and rude characters. Born of Russian descent, where his grandfather, an officer in the Czar's Army, was exiled for refusing to convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church (he was Protestant), his mother was Nadia Benois, also of a Russian exile family in London. He began acting at age 17, sold his first screenplay at age 24, and directed his first film at age 25. During World War II, he...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Heart failure Bursins Cemetery, Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland
Thorpe (Wa-Tho-Huk), Jim b. May 22, 1888 d. March 28, 1953 Olympic Athlete, Major League Baseball Player. A Sac and Fox Indian, he was born in a cabin on the North Canadian River near Prague, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). He was a rough, tough youngster while growing up with his twin brother, Charlie on a farm located in the Indian Territory. He honed his athletic skills on his father's homestead, where the entire village would gather each Saturday for a picnic and participate in running events, jumping and wrestling. Thorpe first attended the Sac...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Cause of death: Heart Attack Jim Thorpe Memorial, Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Pero, A.J. b. October 14, 1959 d. March 20, 2015 Musician. He was a drummer who will best be remembered as the drummer for the American heavy metal band, Twisted Sister. Born Anthony Jude Pero, he received his first drum kit at the age of 4, when his parents saw him playing on pots and pans. He took lessons and studied with a local jazz musician, and later with jazz great Gene Krupa. At the age of 7, he was invited to perform as a solo artist on the Mike Douglas Show...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Custer, George Armstrong b. December 5, 1839 d. June 25, 1876 Civil War Union Major General. One of the most famous and controversial figures in United States Military history. Graduated last in his West Point Class (June 1861). Spent first part of the Civil War as a courier and staff officer. Promoted from Captain to Brigadier General of Volunteers just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg, and was given command of the Michigan "Wolverines" Cavalry brigade. He helped defeat General Stuart's attempt to make a cavalry strike behind Union lines on the 3rd Day...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA Plot: Section 27, Row A, Grave 1
Watson, Alberta b. March 6, 1955 d. March 21, 2015 Actress. A prolific and versatile performer, she shall probably be best remembered as Madeline from the hit CTV series "La Femme Nikita". Born Faith Susan Alberta Watson, she was raised in Toronto by her single mother, developed her acting skills in a church theatre group, and had her first significant roles in the 1978 "In Praise of Older Women", for which she received a Genie Award nomination, and 1979's "Power Play". From then to the end of her life she was kept busy in both Canada and the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Ashes given to her husband Ken
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)
Winkler, Rhoda b. 1927 d. March 15, 2015 Chief Puppeteer and Voice Actress. Winkler performed for five and a half years with the 'Howdy Doody Show' beginning with its premier on December 27, 1947. Born Rhoda Mann, she taught herself to work marionettes at age 9. Her first job in show business was working as assistant to Ali Benali, the Moroccan Wonderman. At 20, she was supporting her family as the master puppeteer on 'Howdy Doody' and also animated the puppet, Princess Summerfall Winterspring. Mann was the first woman on the set...[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!
Grauman, Walter b. March 17, 1922 d. March 20, 2015 Motion Picture and Television Director. He directed scores of popular television programs from the late 1950s into the 1990s. The son of German immigrants, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, while serving with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Following the war, he moved to California and landed a position as a stage manager with NBC. He marked his Hollywood directing debut with the low-budget horror film "The Disembodied" (1957) and later helmed "633 Squadron" (...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Sinatra, Frank (Francis Albert) b. December 12, 1915 d. May 14, 1998 Entertainer. Regarded by many as the greatest popular singer of the 20th Century, he was nicknamed "The Voice", "Ol Blue Eyes" and "Chairman of the Board". Born Francis Albert Sinatra in Hoboken, New Jersey, the son and only child of an Italian immigrant fireman, his mother Dolly was a midwife. Legend has it that one day he heard Bing Crosby singing and decided this would be the career path he was to embark upon. His initial break came in 1935, when he received first prize in a radio contest...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cause of death: Heart Attack Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA Plot: B-8, #151 GPS coordinates: 33.8166389, -116.4418564 (hddd.dddd)
Nevins, Natalie b. May 15, 1925 d. August 23, 2010 Entertainer. She was best known as a regularly featured performer on the TV series "The Lawrence Welk Show" (1965 to 1969). Born in Philadelphia, she began entertaining at age five, and would learn to play the piano and flute, appearing on local radio while a teen. She received a bachelor's degree in music from Chestnut Hill College, furthering her studies in music and drama at the University of Pennsylvania. During the early 1950s, she was the star of the locally televised singing show "Notes...[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!
Havoc, June b. November 8, 1912 d. March 28, 2010 Actress. A pretty blonde who survived a difficult childhood, she is remembered as a longtime star of stage and cinema. Born Ellen Evangeline Hovick, she was pushed, along with her older sister Louise, later known as Gypsy Rose Lee, onto the vaudeville stage at the age of two by her ambitious mother Rose. Billed as "Baby June", she and Louise were tasked with providing for the family resulting in her receiving no formal education and, indeed learning to read from stagehands. By her teens June...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered in the garden of her Connecticut home.
Woodson, Abe (Abraham Benjamin) b. February 15, 1934 d. February 8, 2014 Professional Football Player. For nine seasons (1958 to 1966), he played at the defensive back and half back positions in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Cardinals. Born Abraham Benjamin Woodson, he was raised in Illinois where he attended Austin High School in Chicago. During his collegiate years at the University of Illinois, Woodson distinguished himself as a track star and following service with the United States Military, he was selected by San...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Clark County, Nevada, USA Plot: AB-1244
Trent, Jackie b. September 6, 1940 d. March 21, 2015 Singer, Songwriter. Along with her husband and writing partner Tony Hatch, she co-penned numerous pop songs including "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love", which became a top ten hit for Petula Clark in 1966. Born Yvonne Burgess, her father was a coal miner, her family's infectious love for music was paramount in the shaping of Jackie's youth. She abandoned school at the age of fifteen and ventured to London. During this period, she gained performance experience, as she entertained British...[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!
Williams, Robin b. July 21, 1951 d. August 11, 2014 Actor, Comedian. Born Robin McLaurin Williams in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, he was the son of a wealthy automotive company executive. His family later moved to Woodacre, California, where he attended Redwood High School. He studied at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, then attained a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City, New York. In between Claremont and Juilliard, he attended the College of Marin for theatre. In 1978...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay
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
Hill, Bobby Joe b. June 12, 1943 d. December 8, 2002 College Basketball Player. At five foot, ten inches, he played guard on the Texas Western College mens basketball team that won the 1966 College Basketball national title. Along with teammates Harry Flournoy, Nevil Shed, Dave "Big Daddy" Lattin, and Willie Worsley, they were the first all-African American starting five to win the Collegate Basketball title, defeating a top ranked and heavily favored University of Kentucky Wildcats team (coached by the legendary Adolph Rupp) 72 to 65 on March...[Read More] (Bio by: Anthony B) Restlawn Memorial Park, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA