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"Remember me good or remember
me bad, but remember me."

All of the following are buried at
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood
Hills), Los Angeles, California.

There are many famous people buried at
Hollywood Hills, including Steve Allen,
Gene Autry, Lucille Ball, Bette Davis,
and Fritz Lang. What I wanted to do here
was remember a few who in some cases may
not be quite as famous or who have faded
from view.

My thanks to Find A Grave, who provided most
of the information for this post.


EDIE ADAMS

1927-2008

cod: complications of pneumonia and cancer

Edie was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania and studied
music at the famous Julliard Conservatory. She starred
on both stage and screen, and in 1963 to 1964 had her
own television show, The Edie Adams Show. But what I
remember her for most were her commercials for Muriel
Cigars. She was the long-time wife of comedian Ernie
Kovacs, and is buried alongside him.


MOREY AMSTERDAM

1908-1996

cod: heart attack

The son of a concert violinist, Morey began his career
in vaudeville at age 14. During Prohibition, he did
stand-up at a speak-easy owned by gangster Al Capone.
Later in California he became a writer for a number
of comedians, and eventually ended up in his famous role
as "Buddy" on The Dick Van Dyke Show.


CARL DAVID ANDERSON

1905-1991

cod: not given

Carl was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1936
for his work in elementary particles and his discovery
of the positron.


JOHN BALL

1911-1988

cod: not given

One of the best (and few) black crime and mystery writers
in the country, John won numerous awards for his writing
including the prestigious Edgar Award. His character of
detective Virgil Tibbs was the base for the movies In the
Heat of the Night
and They Call Me Mr. Tibbs. There
was also a long-running television series based on the
character.


JUDITH BARSI

1978-1988

cod: murdered, along with her mother, by her father.

In her short years, Judith starred in numerous television
series such as Growing Pains and Punky Brewster.
Her movie credits include Jaws: The Revenge and The
Land Before Time.


FRED BERRY

1951-2003

cod: diabetes

Fred's major claim to fame was the role of "Rerun"
on the sitcom What's Happening! After that show
concluded he worked on a number of other series,
and ended up in his last years as a Baptist minister
in Madison, Alabama.


MILDRED BLISS BURKE

1915-1989

cod: stroke

Bliss was a professional wrestler, and held the
Women's Championship belt from 1936-1956. She won
over 5000 matches in her career — 150 of them
against men.


WILLIAM CONRAD

1920-1994

cod: congestive heart failure

William had an amazingly long and varied career.
Starting out as a radio voice and announcer in the
30s, he eventually migrated into stage and film and,
finally, to television. His best known roles were in
the series Cannon and Jake and the Fatman.


SABU DASTIGAR

1924-1963

cod: heart attack

Sabu made many movies, starting in India and then
in the United States. His most famous American-made
movies were The Thief of Bagdad and The Jungle Book.


PEGGY GILBERT

1905-2007

cod: complications due to hip surgery

One of the first female band leaders in the swing
era, Peggy developed an early love of jazz and
learned to play the saxophone and then the piano,
on which she was particularly accomplished. Her
band toured with such greats as Benny Goodman.
In the 1970s she formed a group called the
"Dixie Belles." She continued to play music
up until her death.


FRANK INN

1916-2002

cod: diabetes, natural causes

At the age of 19, Frank was hit by a car and pronounced
dead. When his body was taken to the morgue, the mortician
who was to do the embalming noticed signs of life and Frank
was routed to the hospital. During his stay he adopted a puppy
and began training him to do tricks, thus sparking a career
as an animal trainer which lasted 60 years. He is buried with the
ashes of many of his animals, including Lassie (or one of them),
Benji, Tramp (My Three Sons), and Arnold the Pig.


RAFAEL MENDEZ

1906-1981

cod: not given

Rafael was one of the greatest trumpet players of all
time. He composed over 300 works for trumpet, including
the "Scherzo in D Minor" and the famous bullfighters theme
("La Virgen de la Macarena"). What Wynton Marsalis is
for our day, Rafael was for his. He has a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.


PAUL MONETTE

1945-1995

cod: AIDS

Poet and author of the autobiography Becoming a
Man: Half a Life Story,
which won the National Book
Award.


CHARLES PIERCE

1926-1999

cod: "long illness"

Charles was a famous female impersonator and actor,
who often portrayed such stars as Bette Davis and Joan
Crawford. He also did a large number of "straight" roles
in television shows such as Starsky and Hutch and
Love American Style, among others. "I'd like people
who see my work to remember me as an actor — a good actor
— who made his living by doing some really good impressions.
The fact that I went from rags to bitches was just one of
those quirks of fate written in the stars."


LEE VAN CLEEF

1925-1989

cod: heart attack

Lee served in the Navy in WWII and afterward worked
as an accountant. He started acting in local theater
and eventually landed a role in a touring company version
of Mr. Roberts. That role brought him to the attention
of Stanley Kramer, who cast him in a minor role in High Noon.
His most famous roles were in the spaghetti westerns For A Few
Dollars More
and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.


GEORGE ZUCCO

1886-1960

cod: suicide (or stroke)

George was born in Britain and did his early work
on the London stage. He later played numerous character
roles in such movies as The Hunchback of Notre Dame,
and he played the role of the High Priest of Karnak in
The Mummy's Hand and The Mummy's Tomb.

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