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05-29-2011, 06:36 PM   #91
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Actor Glenn Ford appeared in Gilda, The Blackboard Jungle, and Teahouse of the August Moon.


Comedian Harvey Korman was on the Carol Burnett Show, and was Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.


Hal Smith is best known as the town drunk on 'The Andy Griffith Show', though he was a voice in many cartoons and animated shows.



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Ralph Hepburn was a motorcycle racing champion, and later had 4 top-five Indy 500 finishes. He also joined the Tucker corporation and drove the show car onto the stage.


Actor Tom Mix was the first western megastar. He was in more than 300 movies, and all but nine were silent.


Actor Jack Oakie. 'I've appeared in hundreds of movies, but the only one people remember me for is "Napaloni" in The Great Dictator (1940)'. Many of his movies were set in college, though he was in his late 20's and 30's.

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05-30-2011, 03:36 PM   #93
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Actor Richard Dix had a deep commanding voice which helped him transition from silent movies to talkies. He was nominated for an oscar for 1931's Cimmaron, the year's best picture winner.


Edith Head was a multiple oscar-winning costume designer.


Jazz, blues and gospel singer Ethel Waters was the second black person nominated for a supporting actress oscar, for Pinky in 1949.

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05-30-2011, 03:53 PM   #94
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Howard Jarvis was a businessman, lobbyist, and politician. He is probably best remembered as the guy in the taxi at the beginning and end of the movie Airplane.


Actress Wanda Hendrix was featured in several forgettable movies, and may be best known for her brief marriage to US war hero Audie Murphy.


Actor Vic Tayback had a role as a gangster in a Star Trek episode, was a guard in Papillon, and is best remembered as Mel, the diner owner, on the TV show Alice.



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Race car driver Barney Oldfield was the first to go 60 MPH on a mile oval, in 1903.


Dr. Herbert Kalmus was the president of The Technicolor Corporation, and helped develop Technicolor film.


Second wife Eleanore Kalmus acted in 4 movies during the 30's.

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05-30-2011, 04:05 PM   #96
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Irene Ryan is best known as Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies. She had a career in vaudeville, radio and Broadway before film and TV. She left more than $1,000,000 to the Irene Ryan Foundation to help new actors.


After boxing in the Navy, Hayes Sanders earned an Olympic gold medal in Helsinki in 1952. He was knocked down in his 9th pro fight, and never regained consciousness.

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Child actress Judith Barsi appeared in many commercials, voiced the TV shows The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go To Heaven, and was in the movie Jaws 4. Her jealous and abusive father shot her and her mother. "Our Concrete Angel" is a reference to the Martina McBride song about child abuse. "Yep! Yep! Yep!" was a signature phrase of the character Ducky on Land Before Time.


Director George Stevens made Gunga Din, Shane, Giant, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Greatest Story Ever Told.


Director Fritz Lang is most famous for the movies Metropolis, and 'M' with Peter Lorre. He refused the offer to be head of the German Cinema Institute, and fled Germany before WWII.



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05-31-2011, 05:13 PM   #98
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Jack Carlton Moore, better known as actor Clayton Moore was "The Lone Ranger".


Ian Campbell was a plain-clothes policeman who was murdered in an onion field. His partner was able to escape. The non-fiction book The Onion Field by policeman/writer Joseph Wambaugh was made into a movie, with Ted Danson playing Ian Campbell.


Michael Curtiz directed in Hungary until the mid-20's when he moved to the US. His most famous movies are Casablanca, and Mildred Pierce.

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William Parker was a Los Angeles policeman before and after his service in WWII, and eventually became Police Chief. The former LAPD headquarters known as Parker Center was named after him.


Scott Beckett was a cute child actor in Our Gang shorts, but had marriage and drug problems later. Third suicide attempt worked.


Actor James Westerfield was in Disney films including The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber. He may be best remembered as Big Mac from On the Waterfront.

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Singer Nicolette Larson is probably best known for her cover of Neil Young's Lotta Love. She was Valerie Bertinelli's maid of honor at her wedding to Eddie Van Halen.


Actress Mary Krebs changed her name to Marjorie Main so as not to embarrass her family, the father of which was a minister. She is known for the role of Ma Kettle in a series of Ma and Pa Kettle movies.


Actor Brad Davis starred in Midnight Express, about a drug-smuggler imprisoned in Turkey. He died of AIDs contracted by intravenous drug use.

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Director William Wyler made Wuthering Heights, Roman Holiday, The Best Years of Our Lives, Ben-Hur and Funny Girl.


Actor Robert Young is best known as Jim Anderson on Father Knows Best, and as Marcus Welby MD.


John James MacDonald was a sound-effects and voice-over specialist, and the second person to voice Mickey Mouse.

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Actress Bonita Granville made an impression as an obnoxious young teen in These Three, was in a few Andy Hardy movies, and produced the TV show Lassie.


Sports announcer 'Chick' Hearn was the voice of the Los Angeles Lakers for 3,338 consecutive games. Many of his phrases are now standard - slam duck, no harm no foul, and air ball, to name a few.


James Jordan was 'Fibber' on the enormously popular 'Fibber McGee and Molly Show' radio show. First wife Marian was 'Molly'.

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Elzie Segar developed the Popeye cartoon.


At the time of his death, Christian Steinle was the oldest US veteran.

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Not exactly a celebrity, but one of the last chiefs of the Shawnee Indians before they were forced from Ohio.



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I lived about 1.5 miles from the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland for several years while I was in school out in CA. I didn't know at the time but the grave of the young woman known as The Black Dahlia is there. There's a pic here:

Elizabeth "Black Dahlia" Short (1924 - 1947) - Find A Grave Memorial

I've always felt very bad for Elizabeth Short. She was such a pretty woman. I wish I'd known back then. I'd have left some flowers on her grave at some point. It's so sad to be remembered more for how you died than who you were.

I kept meaning to go up there with a camera to look around. It's supposed to be a gorgeous cemetery with some art deco monuments but the hike up there is quite a steep one and there is no bus that runs directly up to it, or there wasn't then anyway. I didn't have a car so I never made it up there unfortunately.
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