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08-16-2015, 10:09 AM   #766
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Alexander Hamilton Willard was a blacksmith with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. At one point he was charged with sleeping while on guard duty, a military crime punishable by death. His punishment was 25 lashes a day for four days. He and his wife had 12 children, and moved to nearby Sacramento late in life.






Memory Gardens, Brea.

Norma Zimmer was a singer, best-known for her 22 years as the "Champagne Lady" on The Lawrence Welk Show. She was in a quartet which sang backup to Bing Crosby on White Christmas. She appeared in a few singing bits in film, sang with the Billy Graham Crusade, and was a soloist at a the White House for Richard Nixon. Not sure what the ghost letters on the marker are.



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Joshua Norton was the self-proclaimed Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton and in 1859 proclaimed himself Emperor of these United States and subsequently Protector of Mexico. Originally a businessman in real estate, he lost his fortune investing in Peruvian rice.


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Woodlawn, Santa Monica.

Fay Webb was a stage and silent-screen actress. She was married during the 1930s to actor/singer Rudy Vallee.


Lynne Overman was an actor in theater before becoming a film actor in the 1930s and early 1940s, often playing wise-cracking sidekicks. He appeared in Little Miss Marker, Union Pacific, Northwest Mounted Police, Roxie Hart and Reap the Wild Wind.


Cliff Osmond acted in Irma la Douce; Kiss Me, Stupid; The Fortune Cookie; and The Front Page, all directed by Billy Wilder. TV roles were on The Twilight Zone, Ironside, Here's Lucy, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, and Kojak. He wrote an episode of Streets of San Francisco, and wrote and directed the movie The Penitent. Authored the book Acting is Living: Exploring the Ten Essential Elements in any Successful Performance, and taught at UCLA.
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Hollywood Forever.

Frank Puglia was an Italian film actor. He had small but memorable roles in films including Casablanca; Now, Voyager; and The Jungle Book. He was originally cast as the undertaker in The Godfather ("I believe in America... America has made me my fortune") but fell ill and the part was recast.


Maude Fealy was a stage and movie actress from age 3. Her Broadway debut was 1900's Quo Vadis. Fealy then toured England, and by 1907 was the star in touring productions in the US. She had a bit part in 1944's Gaslight, and 1956's The Ten Commandment. She also taught acting, and later in life she wrote and appeared in pageants, programs, and lectures for schools and community organizations.


Gene Curtis Harrington was a film and TV director whose work included experimental films, horror films, and episodic TV. He is considered one of the forerunners of what is called New Queer Cinema. He directed Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? with Shelley Winters, What's the Matter with Helen? with Winters and Debbie Reynolds, and Killer Bees. He directed some episodes of TV shows such as Dynasty, Twilight Zone, The Colbys, Hotel, Wonder Woman, and Charlie's Angels.
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The King is gone but is not forgotten.



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A much better photo than my scan from years ago.
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09-05-2015, 06:25 AM   #771
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
A much better photo than my scan from years ago.
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Thank you.

I did have a little bit of a time trying to figure out how to do it. Include the other graves, where to center, the water fountain, etc. but I had to do it real quick to avoid hogging that spot.

A little off topic but what bothered me some were the tourists who would do selfies with big smiles almost sit on the grave. I understand different cultures plus Elvis loyal fandom but to me, it was still a man's burial spot.
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Benjamin Kline was a cinematographer and film director. He started as a cinematographer in 1920 with Red Lane. His career included about 350 films and TV, many of which were serials and Three Stooges shorts. Kline also directed eight films, mostly westerns, in the 40's.


Joseph Achron was a composer and violinist of Russian Jewish origin. He joined the Society for Jewish Folk Music in 1911 and in 1913 became the head of the music department at the Kharkiv Conservatory in Russia, and later at the Leningrad Artists' Union. After moving to the US, he taught violin, performed concerts, and composed for a few movies.


Harley Hamilton was an American conductor, violinist and composer. He was the founder and first conductor of the LA Women's Orchestra in 1893 and of the LA Symphony in 1897. Hamilton was one of the first symphony American directors in those years, when most of conductors where born and trained abroad. He resigned in 1913 probably due to advancing deafness.


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Abe Fried was a cinematographer from 1919, and he used the name Conrad Wells from 1927. He and cinematographers George Eastman, Otto Jordan, and Ben Frankel were killed when their camera planes collided while filming "Such Men Are Dangerous". Six others, including the film's director, were also killed.


Louis Burston established Vim Comedy Film Company in Jacksonville, Florida in 1915, making over 200 slapstick one-reelers. Later founding King Bee Films in Hollywood, he produced The Silent Mystery (1918), The Hawk's Trail (1919), Forget Me Not (1922), and Desire (1923). He died in a auto-train accident.


Leo Forbstein was a musical director and orchestra conductor and worked on 550 projects during a twenty-year period. He headed the symphony orchestra at (then) Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. At Warner Bros, Forbstein and Erich Korngold were write-in candidates for the Oscar for Captain Blood in 1936, and in 1937 he was nominated for The Charge of the Light Brigade and won for Anthony Adverse. He was nominated again in 1938 for The Life of Emile Zola.


Joseph Weintraub, as Joe Traub, was a comedy screenwriter for The Death Kiss (1932), a lighthearted mystery featuring Bela Lugosi. Also wrote Keystone Hotel (1935) , The Merry Wives of Reno (1934), Romance of the West (1935), King of the Islands (1936), and the Joe E. Brown vehicle Earthworm Tractors (1936).
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Jaime Fields was the captain of the Lynwood High School football team, played for the Washington Huskies, and went pro, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs as a linebacker in 1993 and 1994. He was known primarily for his versatility. He retired from playing football in 1997. Killed by hit-and-run driver.


Tank Younger was a fullback and linebacker in the NFL from 1949-1958. In 1945, as a freshman at Grambling, Younger led the nation in scoring with 25 TDs. In his junior year, he rushed for 1,207 yards and scored 18 TDs. Younger also completed 43 of 73 pass attempts, 11 for TDs. He was voted Black College Football's Player of the Year. He was the first NFL player from a predominantly black college, and later was the first African American to become an NFL front-office administrator as scout and executive with the Rams until 1975, and first black assistant GM, with the San Diego Chargers 1975–1987.


Iva Shepard appeared in 58 silent movies though 1918, including A Friend of the Family, The Wife of Marcus, and The Sergeant. She appeared in two 1955 episodes of I Love Lucy.

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Desert Memorial, Palm Springs.

Brad Dexter started acting in Heldorado (1946), and other credits include The Asphalt Jungle; Run Silent, Run Deep; Taras Bulba; None But the Brave; Von Ryan's Express; and Shampoo. His most famous role is likely as Harry Luck, one of the Magnificent Seven (1960). Was awarded a Red Cross medal for saving Frank Sinatra and the producer's wife, Ruth Koch, from drowning during the filming of None But The Brave. Briefly married to Peggy Lee.


Marjorie Rambeau worked on the stage from the age of 12, and in films which include Min and Bill (1930). and Annie in Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940). She was twice nominated for a supporting actress oscar for Primrose Path, and Torch Song. Her last movie was Man of a Thousand Faces (1957).


Sidney Tomack was in vaudeville as Sid Tomack and the Reis Brothers. He started acting in Forgotten Girls (1940). Other films include The Thrill of Brazil, Knock On Any Door, Side Street, My Sister Eileen, and Sail a Crooked Ship. TV appearances included Adventures of Superman, G.E. Theatre, The Donna Reed Show, and Perry Mason.
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Damien Marchesseault (April 1, 1818 – January 20, 1868) was the seventh Mayor of Los Angeles from May 9, 1859 to May 9, 1860 and then again from January 7, 1861 to May 6, 1865. During his term as Water Overseer of LA, Marchesseault and a partner laid wooden water pipes that burst and turned streets into sinkholes. Struggling with heavy drinking and mounting gambling debts, he entered an empty LA City Hall Council chamber on Jan. 20, 1868, and shot himself.


Ernest Whitman was an actor, in King for a Day, The Prisoner of Shark Island, The Green Pastures, Jesse James, Gone With the Wind, Among the Living, Cabin in the Sky, Stormy Weather, The Lost Weekend, My Brother Talk to Horses, Banjo and The Sun Shines Bright, his last film. He also was on TV's Beulah from 1952 to 1953, as Bill Jackson.


Mabel Monohan was a murder victim, beaten up and strangled by several people who erroneously though she had a safe full of money in her house. Three attackers were executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin. A heavily fictionalized movie, 1958's "I Want To Live", was made about the case. Susan Hayward won an Oscar for her tough but sympathetic portrayal of Barbara Graham, one of the murderers.


Orange Salisbury Cash, as Monroe Salisbury, began his acting career on stage in 1898, frequently in romantic leads in 42 silent movies between 1914-22, many with director Cecil B. DeMille. His most famous part was that of Allesandro in the film "Ramona" (1916). He appeared in two talkies, in 1929 and 1930, before fading from Hollywood. In July, 1935, Salisbury was admitted to a hospital for the insane, his name unknown, listed as a hotel clerk. He died a month later after fracturing his skull in a fall, and was identified 2 days later by his sister.
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Obviously he didn't serve in WWII, he was only 10 when it started, am surprised that marker was even made. But he didn't serve in Korean War either, he joined the Army in 1954, and the Korean War ended in 1953. He may have served in Korea, but not during the war.
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Obviously he didn't serve in WWII, he was only 10 when it started, am surprised that marker was even made. But he didn't serve in Korean War either, he joined the Army in 1954, and the Korean War ended in 1953. He may have served in Korea, but not during the war.
True - served 1954-56. I did not check before. Makes the marker even worse.
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Forest Lawn, Hollywood.

Nick Ceroli was a drummer, joining Ray Anthony's band in the late 1950s. He later worked with Lionel Hampton, Terry Gibbs and Stan Kenton before joining Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass in 1965. After 1970, he toured with Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme and Vikki Carr. He appeared periodically on "The Tonight Show" and performed regularly with the Mort Lindsey orchestra on "The Merv Griffin Show."


Michael Garrison started as an actor, and was an associate producer on Peyton Place, The Long Hot Summer, The Sound and the Fury, and An Affair to Remember. He produced The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Crowded Sky. He was the creator of TV's The Wild Wild West, which he pitched as James Bond on horseback.


Chet Brandenburg was an actor, appearing uncredited in over 400 films between 1924 and 1963. They include The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Spirit of St. Louis, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The War of the Worlds, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Asphalt Jungle. TV included Gunsmoke, The Life and Times of Wyatt Earp, Outlaws, Bonanza and The Untouchables.
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Frances Drake was an actress in the 1930s and 1940s. She played Eponine in 1935's Les Miserables. She was also in Bolero (1934), Mad Love (1935), and The Invisible Ray (1936) . She started out as a nightclub dancer in London. In her later years Drake became very involved in animal-rights causes.


Mickey Rooney was an actor and performer. He played Andy Hardy in a series of fifteen films in the 1930s and 1940s. Early films included National Velvet and The Human Comedy, and he co-starred with Spencer Tracy in Boys Town. At nineteen he was the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar for Babes in Arms, and he was awarded a special Academy Juvenile Award in 1939. Later films included Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and he was oscar-nominated for The Black Stallion (1979). Eight marriages included Ava Gardner and Martha Vickers. Rooney signed his will several weeks prior to his death. It disinherited all but one of his nine children and his wife Jan, from whom he was estranged, and instructed his lawyer, rather than family, to manage his estate.


Tony Scott was a British film director and producer. Films include The Hunger , Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, The Fan, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Man on Fire, Domino, Déjà Vu, The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), and Unstoppable. He received the BAFTA Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment in 2010. He committing suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, CA. He was the younger brother of director Ridley Scott.


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