Boetto, Cardinal. Pietro b. May 19, 1871 d. January 31, 1946 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Vigone, Pietro Boetto joined the Society of Jesus in 1888 and after undergoing studies in Chieri and Como, was ordained priest in July 1901. Joining the teaching staff of the "Istituto Arecco" of Genoa of which he soon became rector, successively he was appointed rector of the "Collegio San Tommaso" of Cuneo and procurator of the Jesuit residence in Turin. Elected procurator general of the Society of Jesus in 1921, he was appointed provincial of the Roman...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Genoa, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy Plot: Crypt near the Main Altar.
de Brabant, Marguerite b. October 4, 1276 d. December 14, 1311 Germanic Monarch. The Countess of Luxemburg and Queen of the Romans, she was a daughter of Jean I, Duke of Brabant and Limburg and his second wife Marguerite of Flanders. On June 9th, 1292 she married the two years older Count Heinrich of Luxemburg to strengthen a peace contract between Luxemburg and Brabant. The marriage was a very happy and harmonious. She was often able to soothe his wounded pride or soften his fits of rage and his desires for revenge. She gave birth to her first child Jean...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) San Francesco di Castelletto, Genoa, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy Plot: former burial place
Garaventa, Ottavio b. January 26, 1934 d. March 18, 2014 Opera Singer. A lyrico-spinto tenor, he shall be remembered for performing leading roles in many of Europe's principal venues. The child of a musical family, he was raised in Northern Italy, studied at Magenta, and at 19 made his professional bow in the baritone role of Enrico Ashton from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor". His career failed to gain traction and he worked as a crane operator at the Port of Genoa before taking further training and making his 1963 debut as a tenor in Cincinnati as...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Chiesa di San Pietro, Savignone, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy
George, Yvonne b. 1896 d. April 22, 1930 Singer. With a soprano voice and what many considered haunting violet eyes, she was popular in Paris music halls during the 1920's. The Surrealist Robert Desnos was obsessed with George and dedicated two volumes of poetry to her, "A La Mysterieuse" (1926) and "Les Tenebres" (1927). George knew Desnos but refused to become his lover; instead she used him to procure the heroin to which she was addicted. Suffering from tuberculosis, she retired from the stage in 1928 and moved to Genoa, where...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno, Staglieno, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy
Heyerdahl, Thor b. October 6, 1914 d. April 18, 2002 Explorer and Archaeologist. His 1947 expedition proved his theory possible that early South Americans could have settled the Pacific Ocean area. This expedition, on a balsa raft named Kon-Tiki, allowed him to cross the Pacific from Peru to Polynesia, a distance of 4,300 miles in just 101 days. Later expeditions from Egypt towards North America in the reed rafts Ra, and Ra II, gave his theory that early Egyptians may have visited Mexico some credible argument. After each of these...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Heyerdahl Family Estate, Colla Micheri, Provincia di Savona, Liguria, Italy
Lear, Edward b. May 12, 1812 d. January 29, 1888 English Artist, Illustrator, Author and Poet. He is known now mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as a (minor) illustrator of Alfred Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is known principally for his...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) San Remo Cemetery, San Remo, Provincia di Imperia, Liguria, Italy
Luzzati, Emanuele b. June 3, 1921 d. January 26, 2007 Artist, Designer and Director. In the late 1940s, he began work as a set designer and became one of Italy's leading artists in the field. Best known for a colorful, dreamlike style, his images graced opera stages, television, movies and animated films. As a film director, he won Oscar nominations for his interpretation of Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie" in 1965 and a second for "Pulcinella" in 1973. A versatile artist, he also created illustrations for children's books, decorations for cruise...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno, Staglieno, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy
MacDonald, George b. December 10, 1824 d. September 18, 1905 Author. Born in Huntley, Aberdeenshire, the son of a farmer, he studied at the University of Aberdeen, moved to London and worked as a tutor, then studied at Highbury College in North London to become a Congregational minister. In 1851 he married Louisa Powell (1822-1902), with whom he was to have six sons and five daughters. From 1850 to 1853, he was the Congregational minister at Arundel in Sussex, but resigned to concentrate on literature. In 1855, he published his first book, a poetic drama...[Read More] (Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) English Cemetery, Bordighera, Provincia di Imperia, Liguria, Italy
Maciste b. September 27, 1878 d. June 24, 1947 Actor. Born Bartolomeo Pagano, he starred in a series of swenty six silent films including,"Cabiria" (1914), "Maciste" (1915), "Maciste The Alphinist" (1916), "Maciste The Athlete" (1919), "Maciste And The Chinese Cabinet" (1923), "Maciste Against The Sheik" (1925), and "Maciste In Hell" (1926). He legally changed his name to Maciste in 1915 after the success of his second film. The actor retired from films in 1928, married and raised a family in the town of his birth, where he died at 68. The...[Read More] (Bio by: katzizkidz) Famiglia Pagano Cimitero, Sant'Ilario, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy Plot: Family Estate
McNair, Eric Archibald b. January 16, 1894 d. August 12, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Calcutta, British India, he served as a Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, British Army. On February 14, 1916 near Hooge, Belgium, when an enemy mine exploded Lieutenant McNair and a number his men were flung into the air and many were buried. Although much shaken, the he at once organized a party with a machine-gun to man the near edge of the crater and open rapid fire on the Germans who were advancing. They were driven back...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno, Staglieno, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy Plot: CWCG section, I.B.32.
Meglia, Cardinal. Pier Francesco b. November 3, 1810 d. March 31, 1883 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of San Stefano al Mare, Pier Francesco Meglia was ordained priest in September 1836 in Rome, where he successively pursued his studies at the La Sappienza University, earning a doctorate in utroque iuris in both civil and canon laws in 1846. Appointed secretary of apostolic nunciature in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, he was successively named auditor of apostolic nunciature in France and chargé d'affaires of the Holy See. Chamberlain supernumerary of His...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Chiesa di Santo Stefano, Santo Stefano al Mare, Provincia di Imperia, Liguria, Italy
Moretti, Giuseppe b. February 3, 1857 d. February, 1935 Sculptor. Born and trained as an artist in Italy, he is best known for his long residency in the United States where he created a number of statues and public monuments in bronze and marble, including "Vulcan" in Birmingham, Alabama, which is the largest cast iron statue in the world. Close friend of Enrico Caruso. (Bio by: Paula Lemire) San Remo Cemetery, San Remo, Provincia di Imperia, Liguria, Italy
Nardi, Nedo b. May 21, 1894 d. January 29, 1940 Olympic Gold Medallist. Regarded by many as one of the greatest Italian fencers of all time. He and his brother Aldo inherited the passion of fencing from their father, the fencing master Giuseppe Nadi. In his gym, the two boys were trained with the foil and saber. Nedo began his professional career by winning the Emperor's Tournament in Vienna. Later, he participated at his first Olympics at only eighteen at Stockholm in 1912, obtaining his first Olympic Gold medal in individual foil. At the...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Chiesa di San Giorgio, Portofino, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy
Parri, Ferruccio b. January 19, 1890 d. December 8, 1981 Italian Prime Minister. A native of Pinerolo, Italy, Parri served as the Prime Minister of Italy from June 21, 1945 to December 8, 1945. A veteran of World War I, Parri became active against Benito Mussolini's fascist regime and later joined the Giustizia e Liberta group. During World War II, he also became a member of the Italian resistance group. Parri also served as Italian Minister of the Interior in 1945, and was a made a Senator for life in 1963. Parri passed away in Rome, Italy, on...[Read More] Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno, Staglieno, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy
Romani, Felice b. January 31, 1788 d. January 28, 1865 Opera Librettist. The finest Italian theatre poet of his era, he is probably best remembered for his fruitful association with composer Vincenzo Bellini. They wrote six operas together: "Il pirata" (1827), "La Straniera" (1829), "Zaira" (1829), "I Capuleti e i Montecchi"(1830), "La Sonnambula" (1831), "Norma" (1831), and "Beatrice di Tenda" (1834). He also provided the texts for Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" (1830) and "L'elisir d'amore" (1831), and operas by Rossini, Meyerbeer, Mercadante, and...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno, Staglieno, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy
Schiaffino, Rosanna b. November 25, 1939 d. October 17, 2009 Actress, Model. While gracing numerous magazine covers, she had a roughly 20-year career in European and British films. After winning the beauty contest title of Miss Liguria in her native Italy at age 14, she broke into movies with the 1956 "Roland the Mighty". Her first notable success came with "The Minotaur" (1961) which was distributed internationally; she joined Edward G. Robinson and Kirk Douglas for 1962's "Two Weeks in Another Town", and won acclaim for the 1963 "The Victors", which...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cause of death: Cancer Cemetery of the Borgo, Portofino, Provincia di Genova, Liguria, Italy