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Holly Cross Cemetery

5835 W Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

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Bing Crosby

* 3. Mai 1903 in Tacoma, Washington

14. Oktober 1977 in Madrid

was an American singer and actor. With his bass-baritone voice, Crosby is considered one of the most successful US singers of the 20th century, his most famous song is "White Christmas". He was also successful as an actor, winning the Oscar for best actor in 1945 for his portrayal of a pastor in "The Road to Happiness". Bing Crosby - an avid golfer - died of heart failure in 1977 after a round of golf in Spain after which he collapsed.

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Bela Lugosi

* 20. Oktober 1882 in Lugos, Österreich-Ungarn

† 16. August 1956 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was a Hungarian actor who played roles in horror films in particular. Lugosi achieved worldwide fame primarily through his legendary portrayal of Count Dracula in the 1931 film adaptation of the novel of the same name. In the last years of his life, Lugosi was often unemployed, which prompted him to appear in trash films by Edward D. Wood Jr. On August 16, 1956, Lugosi was found dead in bed by Liniger at the age of 73; the cause of death was a heart attack. Lugosi is said to have been obsessed at the end of his life with the thought that he was actually Dracula himself. Contrary to popular rumours, Lugosi was not laid out in a Dracula costume (contrary to popular rumours), but at the request of his son and his fourth wife, and was buried in one in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. Frank Sinatra paid for his funeral.

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Jack Haley

* 10. August 1898 in Boston

6. Juni 1979 in Los Angeles

was an American actor. In 1939 he took on the role of Tin Man in "The Enchanting Land". Buddy Ebsen, who was supposed to play the role, developed serious health problems from the tin dust contained in the make-up and had to give up the role. Jack Haley died on June 6, 1979 in Los Angeles. Haley was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Radio category (6435 Hollywood Boulevard).

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Rita Hayworth

* 17. Oktober 1918 in New York City, New York

14. Mai 1987 ebenda

was an American actress and dancer. Her fans gave her the nickname "The Love Goddess" in the 1940s, when she celebrated her greatest successes. At the age of 43, Rita Hayworth began showing signs of Alzheimer's disease. By the early 1970s her health had deteriorated to such an extent that she was unable to take on any more roles. In 1981 she was incapacitated. Her daughter by marriage to Prince Aly Khan, Yasmin Aga Khan, took her in and cared for her at home in New York until her death in 1987. Hayworth, who died aged 68, was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City , California.

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Jack Wrather

* 24. Mai 1918

† 12. November 1984

was an entrepreneur and television producer. Best known for producing "Lone Ranger", "Sergeant Preston", "Yukon", and "Lassie" TV series from the 1950s. Wrather died of cancer on November 12, 1984 at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

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Bonita Granville Wrather

* 2. Februar 1923 in Chicago, Illinois

11. Oktober 1988 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien

was an American film actress and producer of films and television films. In 1936, she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her portrayal of a psychotic liar in Infamous Lies, the film adaptation of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. In the late 1940s she switched to television and began a three-decade career as a producer of television series, including 140 episodes about the well-known dog "Lassie" and the feature film "Our Lassie". Granville directed several episodes and produced four feature-length films about the collie. Today she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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McDonald Carey

* 15. März 1913 in Sioux City, Iowa

21. März 1994 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American film, television and stage actor. Carey's breakthrough came in 1941 when he appeared in the Broadway premiere of the popular musical Lady in the Dark. Following that success, Carey was signed to Hollywood by Paramount Pictures, where he quickly landed major roles in films such as Honey, Take a Dictation and Wake Island. He was to be built up to become a star and in 1943 he also played a leading role as a detective in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The Shadow of Doubt" alongside Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. In the 1950s, he took on other leading roles in series such as "Dr. Christian" (1956-1957) and "Lawyer of Justice" (1959-1961). Macdonald Carey, who presented three Oscars at the Academy Awards in 1962 and 1965, died of lung cancer in 1994 at the age of 81.

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Sharon Tate

* 24. Januar 1943 in Dallas, Texas

9. August 1969 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American film actress and model. She was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world in her time. She was murdered along with four other people on August 9, 1969 while pregnant by members of the Manson Family. These murders and the double murder of the LaBianca couple the following day went down in US criminal history as the "Tate/LaBianca murders" and became known worldwide. Tate cried and pleaded for her life and that of her unborn child: "Please don't kill me, please don't kill me. I don't want to die. I want to live. I want to have my baby." After several unsuccessful attempts to dissuade the killers from their apparent intent, Tate broke into desperate sobs and was ultimately stabbed 16 times by Atkins. Atkins wrote the word "PIG" on the front door in Tate's blood as he left the house.

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Charles Boyer

* 28. August 1899 in Figeac, Frankreich

26. August 1978 in Phoenix, Arizona

was a French actor. He experienced the peak of his career in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, where he often acted as the leading man in romance films. Boyer received four Best Actor nominations over the course of his career. On August 26, 1978, two days after his wife died from cancer and just two days before his own 79th birthday, Boyer committed suicide. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard commemorates the actor.


Loretta Young

* 6. Januar 1913 in Salt Lake City, Utah

12. August 2000 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actress. In the internal hierarchy, only Shirley Temple and Janet Gaynor were ahead of Loretta Young, but her popularity increased with films like "Clive of India" and "The Call of the Wild". 1947 was her year anyway, after Young won the Oscar for best actress for the comedy "The Farmer's Daughter" about a Swedish-born young woman who discovers her political awareness and is finally elected to the US Congress. Loretta Young's choice came as a general surprise as everyone was expecting Rosalind Russell to appear in "Mourning Becomes Electra". She also appeared in two successful Westerns: "The Drifter from Texas," in which she has to use her shooting skills to save Gary Cooper more than once, and "Rachel and the Stranger," in which she works as a white slave for $40 William Holden is sold and in the end his love wins. In 1953, after her film career no longer satisfied her, the actress began a second, almost even more successful career in the medium of television. For more than eight years, Loretta Young's glamorous appearance in great evening wear was the hallmark of her show "The Loretta Young Show". In 1972, Loretta Young successfully sued NBC for $600,000 in damages after the network broadcast reruns of The Loretta Young Show in breach of contract.

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Ray Bolger

* 10. Januar 1904 in Dorchester, Massachusetts

15. Januar 1987 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor, singer and dancer. He celebrated his greatest commercial success as an actor in 1939 with a film adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz", in which he played the role of the Scarecrow. In the latter years of his career he took on supporting roles in the television series The Partridge Family, The Love Boat, Little Farm and Battlestar Galactica. On January 15, 1987 he succumbed to cancer. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Fred MacMurray

* 30. August 1908 in Kankakee, Illinois

5. November 1991 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien

was an American actor who had his breakthrough in the 1930s. He was best known as the star of numerous romantic comedies and family films. However, MacMurray also played in dramatic roles such as in Billy Wilder's classic film "Woman Without a Conscience" (1944). He died on November 5, 1991 in Santa Monica from pneumonia that developed as a complication of a long-standing cancer.

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John Candy

* 31. Oktober 1950 in Newmarket, Ontario, Kanada

4. März 1994 in Victoria de Durango, Durango, Mexiko

was a Canadian comedian and actor. Beginning in the late 1970s, he starred in numerous Hollywood comedies and became one of the most popular comedians in the United States. As a rule, he played lovable characters who get into unusual situations. His best-known films include "Blues Brothers", "Spaceballs", "Splash", "Alone with Uncle Buck" and "Cool Runnings". He also tried his hand at serious roles from time to time, such as in Oliver Stone's "JFK - Tatort Dallas". On March 4, 1994, John Candy died at the age of 43 while filming the film "Wagons East!" in Mexico from a heart attack. The obese actor has always refused to lose weight, despite warnings from his doctors, attributing his success largely to his physical appearance. In addition, Candy was a heavy smoker. His funeral was broadcast live on Canadian television.

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Spike Jones

* 14. Dezember 1911 in Long Beach, Kalifornien

1. Mai 1965 in Beverly Hills

was a musician and classic of virtuoso comic music. Jones had his own radio show, The Chase and Sanborn Program, for a time on NBC in 1945 and on CBS from 1947 to 1949. In the late '50s and early '60s, Spike Jones performed in the casinos of Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. In March 1965, while performing at Harrah's Club there, Jones had a severe asthma attack that forced him to stay in hospital for several weeks. He then died at his home in Trousdale Estates early in the morning of May 1, 1965. Spike Jones was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.

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Walter O Malley

* 9. Oktober 1903 in Bronx, New York City

9. August 1979 in Rochester, Minnesota

was an American lawyer of Irish descent and building contractor who influenced American sports history primarily as the owner of the "Brooklyn Dodgers", later the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1932 he became managing director and later general counsel for the Dodgers. In 1945 he bought into the Dodgers. In 1950 he had the majority of shares and became president, allowing him to order the Dodgers' move to the West Coast against considerable public opposition. In Los Angeles, the Dodgers became the first baseball club to attract more than 3 million viewers a year. During the O'Malley family presidency (1945-1998), the Dodgers won the National Baseball League championship six times in New York and nine times in Los Angeles. In 2008 he was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In December 1999, The Sporting News ranked him as the 11th most powerful person in sport of the 20th century. For "ABC Sports" O'Malley was one of the ten most influential personalities in sports in the 20th century.

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Rosalind Russell

* 4. Juni 1907 in Waterbury, Connecticut

28. November 1976 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American actress. The daughter of a lawyer and a fashion consultant, she trained at a New York drama school and went to Hollywood in 1934 on a contract with MGM. After many supporting roles, she became a star in 1940 with her role in "His Girl for Special Cases". A star on Hollywood Boulevard at 1708 Vine Street commemorates the actress.

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Mack Sennett

* 17. Januar 1880 in Richmond, Québec

5. November 1960 in Woodland Hills, Kalifornien

was an American film producer, director and actor. Altogether he produced over 1100 films in the silent film and early talkie era, most of which are lost. He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1938 for his significant contributions to early comedy.

Best known today is the Normand comedy The Extra Girl (1923). However, he had landed his biggest hit in 1918 with "Mickey". Sennett made the jump to talkies before his rival Hal Roach, starting with the short "The Lion's Roar" in December 1928. In the early 1930s, he helped Bing Crosby with several short films to his first starring roles in comedy films. In November 1933, Sennett had to file for bankruptcy.

The comedy producer then largely withdrew from the film business, but without being forgotten. Among other things, Mack Sennett was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1938. He was widely known as the "King of Comedy" until his death. Even today he is still considered the father of slapstick comedy in film history. Mack Sennett died on November 5, 1960 at the age of 80 in Woodland Hills, California.

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Connelly Joe

* 22. August 1917 in New York City, New York

13. Februar 2003 in Newport Beach, Kalifornien

was an American screenwriter and television and film producer. Along with co-writer Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly worked on a variety of series including Amos and Andy, Meet Mr. McNutley, Growing Up, Ichabod and Me, Bringing Up Buddy and The Munster's". Connelly died of a stroke at the Motion Picture Country Home nursing home in Newport Beach, California. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years.

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