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Talmadge Norma 

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* 26. Mai 1894 in Jersey City, New Jersey

24. Dezember 1957 in Las Vegas, Nevada

was an American actress of the silent film and early talkie era.

After the half-hearted success of her first talkies, in 1930 she made the film for which she is best known to this day: Du Barry - Woman of Passion. The film about Madame Dubarry, the famous courtesan at the court of Louis XV, was such a failure and Norma's inadequate portrayal was so panned that it was parodied twenty years later in the musical Singing' in the Rain. That ended her film career. With the legendary quote that she was too rich to continue, Norma Talmadge withdrew more and more into her own world of pills, alcohol and illusions.

Talmadge Constance

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* 19. April 1897 in Brooklyn, New York

23. November 1973 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actress of the silent film era. While Norma focused primarily on dramatic subjects, Constance Talmadge was cast primarily in comedy. Constance Talmadge never appeared in talkies and ended her career in 1929.

Talmadge Natalie 

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* 29. April 1896 in Brooklyn, New York

19. Juni 1969 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien

was an American actress of the silent film era and the first wife of silent film star Buster Keaton. Natalie Talmadge also rose to Hollywood royalty, although she never quite matched her sisters' success in the film industry. Natalie Talmadge spent the following decades withdrawn from the public until her death. She died on June 19, 1969 at the age of 73 of complications from a heart attack and was buried in the Talmadges family crypt.

Clifton Webb

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* 11. November 1889 in Indianapolis, Indiana

13. Oktober 1966 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American actor. He only began his film career in the 1940s, although he had already gained initial experience in silent films. Probably his most famous film role was that of Waldo Lydecker in Otto Preminger's masterpiece "Laura". For this he received the first of three Oscar nominations. However, the theater remained his true profession until the end of his life.

Jesse Lasky

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* 13. September 1880 in San Francisco, Kalifornien, USA

13. Januar 1958 in Hollywood, Kalifornien, USA

was an American film producer. In 1927, Jesse L. Lasky was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With the Depression in the early 1930s, the Famous Players-Lasky Company ran into financial difficulties. Jesse L. Lasky became partners with Mary Pickford and they produced films for a number of years until Pickford broke up the business relationship. Lasky found a producing job in a large studio before founding his own production company again in 1945. His last film production dates back to 1951.

Darla Hood

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* 8. November 1931 in Leedey, Oklahoma

13. Juni 1979 in Hollywood, Kalifornien

was an American film actress and voice actress. Her seven-year contract with Hal Roach guaranteed her an income of $75 a week. As the lovely Darla in "The Little Rascals" she is still well known to every black and white film connoisseur. She also appeared in the Laurel and Hardy film Das Mädel aus dem Böhmerwald as the comedian duo's adopted daughter. In June 1979, after a relatively minor operation, she died of hepatitis at the age of just 47.

Victor Flemming

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* 23. Februar 1889 in Pasadena, Kalifornien

6. Januar 1949 in Cottonwood, Arizona

was an American film director. In 1939 he filmed two of the most popular Hollywood film classics, "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone with the Wind". He won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1940 for Gone With the Wind.

Charly Chaplin Jr.

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Hannah Chaplin

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* 5. Mai 1925 in Beverly Hills, USA

20. März 1968 in Hollywood, USA

was an American actor and the first child of Charles Chaplin and Lita Grey. Charles Chaplin Jr. died on March 20, 1968 at the home of his mother, Lita Gray, of thrombosis that developed as a result of a neglected injury sustained by Charles in a fall.

* 11. August 1865 in London

28. August 1928 in Hollywood, Kalifornien

was a British dancer and singer. Today, however, she is best known as the mother of Charles Chaplin. During Charlie and Sydney's adolescence, Hannah Chaplin contracted syphilis and suffered from severe depression. She was very often in psychiatric treatment. On May 9, 1903, Hannah Chaplin was again found insane and committed to the closed ward at Cane Hill Mental Hospital. In 1904 she was provisionally released and accompanied her son Charlie on his tour of England. By 1905 she was back at Cane Hill. Her sons transferred her to the privately run Peckham House Hospital, where she remained for nearly a decade. However, she could never be cured. In 1921 her sons brought her to the United States. Charlie bought her a house in Hollywood and organized caregivers for her. She died there in 1928 at the age of 63.

Joan Hackett

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* 1. März 1934 in New York City, New York

8. Oktober 1983 in Encino, Kalifornien

was an American actress. In 1962 she starred in the "Twilight Zone episode A Piano in the House". One of her best-known roles was that of Catherine Allen in the 1968 western Will Penny, starring Charlton Heston. In 1969, Hackett starred in the western comedy Even a Sheriff Needs Help! along with James Garner. In 1983, Hackett died of ovarian cancer in Encino.

Iron Eyes Cody

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* 3. April 1904 in Kaplan, Louisiana

4. Januar 1999 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor.

The son of Italian immigrants, Cody went to California in 1924 where he changed his family name to "Cody" and worked as a stuntman and actor while living the Native American way. He appeared in over 200 films (almost exclusively westerns) such as "The Great Trek" and "A Man They Called Horse" and was one of Hollywood's "model Indians". Cody was married to Cree Indian Bertha Eyes Parker, with whom he adopted two Indian sons. As an advertising medium for a gentle treatment of nature, it was extremely successful in a campaign in the 1970s; In 1995 he was honored by the "Native Community" in Hollywood for his services.

Mel Blanc

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* 30. Mai 1908 in San Francisco, Kalifornien

10. Juli 1989 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American radio play and voice actor in both radio programs and many animated films, mostly for Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera films.

Estelle Getty

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* 25. Juli 1923 in Manhattan, New York City

22. Juli 2008 in Los Angeles

was an American actress. She became internationally known as the actress of Sophia Petrillo in the series "Golden Girls". In 2009, she was named a Disney Legend. Estelle Getty has also acted in various films, including "Stuart Little" and "Stop! Or My Mommy Will Shoot!" (with Sylvester Stallone). Getty retired from public life in 2000 after allegedly developing Parkinson's disease. It was later revealed that she suffered from Lewy body dementia. After the death of her husband in 2004, Estelle Getty lived a secluded life in Los Angeles and died there in 2008 a few days before her 85th birthday.

Carl Switzer

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* 7. August 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA

21. Januar 1959 in Mission Hills, Kalifornien, USA

was an American film actor. He achieved fame during the 1930s primarily through his appearances as "Alfalfa" in the "Little Rascals". In January 1959, Switzer planned a hunting expedition and borrowed a hunting dog from a family friend, Moses Stiltz, who ran away. Switzer then placed an ad in the newspaper and promised the finder of the dog a $50 reward. A little later, a cattle breeder who had found the dog actually got in touch. Switzer gave the man $35 in cash and paid the remaining $15 in drinks. In constant need of money and possibly under the influence of alcohol, Switzer got the idea that his friend Stiltz owed him the money for the reward. On the evening of January 21, 1959, he demanded that Moses Stiltz, accompanied by a friend, cameraman Jack Piott, return the $50. A fight broke out at Stiltz's girlfriend's home in the San Fernando Valley because Stiltz wouldn't pay him the money and instead called him crazy. A physical altercation ensued, in which Stiltz suffered a minor head injury. As a result, he produced a .38 caliber revolver, which Switzer attempted to obtain in a scuffle. The resulting ricochet prompted Stiltz' fiancée to leave the house with the children and call the police. Switzer now pushed his former friend into a small room and locked him in it. He threatened to kill him with the knife he was carrying. When the former child star actually tried to attack, Stiltz started shooting at him. Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer was hit in the abdomen and fell to the ground, seriously injured. Although emergency services were called and the actor was taken to the hospital, he died a few hours later. He was only 31 years old. On January 25, 1959, there was a brief trial before the coroner, in which Moses Stiltz was acquitted for lack of evidence. Although there was evidence for manslaughter at the time, the judges ruled that Stiltz acted in self-defense after being threatened with a knife by Switzer. Alcohol was also found in the blood of Switzer's body during the autopsy.

On January 25, 2001, another eyewitness reported the incident. It was the now 56-year-old Tom Corrigan, son of western hero Ray Corrigan and stepson of Moses Stiltz, who was also present at the shooting. According to Corrigan, Switzer's death was much more murder than an act of self-defense. In reality, after fragments of the ricochet hit Corrigan, Switzer and his friend wanted to withdraw. As Corrigan left the house, he heard a second shot. Although he protested that he had no direct visual contact, he found Switzer lying on the ground, badly injured. Contrary to what Stiltz said, however, he did not carry a hunting knife, just a simple pocket knife. Despite this new information, no reopening of the case has been sought.

Paul Muni

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* 22. September 1895 in Lemberg, Galizien, Österreich-Ungarn

25. August 1967 in Montecito, Kalifornien

was an American actor. He won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1937. His first film appearance in 1929 in "The Valiant" brought him his first Oscar nomination for best leading role in 1930. However, due to heart failure, Muni, who was considered an outstanding character actor, was only able to appear in 22 films over the course of his career. However, he brought it up to five Oscar nominations each for the best leading role, since he played the leading role in all of his films. Paul Muni died in seclusion in California due to lifelong heart failure.

Bugsy Siegel

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* 28. Februar 1906 in Brooklyn, New York City

20. Juni 1947 in Beverly Hills

was an American mobster associated with the Cosa Nostra.

Rudolph Valentino

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* 6. Mai 1895 in Castellaneta, Italien

23. August 1926 in New York City, New York

was an Italian actor. He achieved world fame in 1921 with the film "Der Scheich" and became one of the most popular actors of the silent film era. Valentino cemented his reputation with films such as The Eagle and The Sheikh's Son, in which he portrayed southern lovers. On August 15, Valentino collapsed in his hotel room at the Ambassador Hotel. He was immediately rushed to the hospital, the Stuyvesant Polyclinic , where multiple stomach ulcers were diagnosed after a ruptured appendix. Get well wishes from around the world reached the star. More and more fans gathered in front of the hospital. Surgery and massive morphine infusions aggravated Valentino's ailing condition. Valentino spent his last days in a comatose state, emaciated and His early death from complications of pneumonia triggered mass hysteria among his many female fans in the United States.

Peter Finch

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* 28. September 1916 in London, Großbritannien

14. Januar 1977 in Los Angeles, USA

was a British film and stage actor. On January 14, 1977, Finch died of complications from a heart attack.

David White

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* 4. April 1916

† 27. November 1990

was an American stage, film and television actor, best known for playing Darrin Stephens in the comedy 'Bewitched.' White died of a heart attack on November 27, 1990 at the age of 74. He was cremated and buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where he was placed in the same niche as his son Jonathan. Jonathan had died on December 21, 1988, aged 33, one of 270 fatalities in the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist attack over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Rick Jason

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*  21. Mai 1923, New York City

†  16. Oktober 2000)

was an American actor. Known from the TV series "Combat" (1962-1967). Jason died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

William Desmond Taylor

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* 26. April 1872 in Carlow, Irland

† ermordet am 1. Februar 1922 in Los Angeles

was an American film director and actor. On February 1, 1922, William Desmond Taylor was found dead in his Los Angeles bungalow. The police assumed a natural death. It was quickly assumed that Taylor had died of a stomach hemorrhage. However, it was only when the body was to be removed that a pool of blood was discovered under the body and finally a bullet hole in the back. The murder of William Desmond Taylor remains unsolved to this day.

Peter Lorre

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* 26. Juni 1904 als in Rosenberg, Österreich-Ungarn

23. März 1964 in Los Angeles

was a film actor, screenwriter and film director. He went down in film history in 1931 with his portrayal of the sinister child murderer in Fritz Lang's classic "M". After emigrating, he worked as a successful character actor of often shady characters in Hollywood, including in "The Falcon", "Casablanca" and "Arsenic and Lace Caps". Peter Lorre died of a stroke on March 23, 1964.

Harvey Wilcox

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* 1832

† 19. März 1891

owned a ranch west of the city of Los Angeles that his wife named Daeida Hollywood, which they founded together in 1887. Hollywood became the center of the United States motion picture industry in the early 1910s. Wilcox was originally buried next to his mother Azubah (Markus Wilcox) in Rosedale Cemetery, but on November 13, 1922 his remains were moved to Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, now Hollywood Forever Memorial Park, where he was buried next to his second wife.

Eleanor Powell

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* 21. November 1912 in Springfield, Massachusetts

11. Februar 1982 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American dancer, singer and actress. Eleanor Powell was also immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Douglas Fairbanks

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* 23. Mai 1883 in Denver, Colorado

12. Dezember 1939 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien

was an American film actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He began his film career with comedies, but then became one of the most successful Hollywood stars as a leading actor in adventure films. With the end of the silent film era, Fairbank's popularity declined rapidly in the early 1930s. He spent his last years with his third wife and many trips abroad. In December 1939, Fairbanks suffered a heart attack in his sleep, from which he died the next day at his home in Santa Monica. Fairbanks' famous last words were, "I've never felt better."

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

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* 9. Dezember 1909 in New York City

7. Mai 2000 in New York

was an American film actor and producer. In 1935 he founded a production company. He died of a heart attack on May 7, 2000 at the age of 90 and is buried alongside his father in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Toto (Terry)

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* 17. November 1933 in Altadena

1944 oder 1945

was a cairn terrier who appeared in numerous films. Her most famous role was Toto in The Wizard of Oz (1939). At $125 a week, Terry was paid more than many of the actors involved in the production. Carl Spitz reportedly buried Terry at his farm in Studio City after her death. The tomb fell victim to the construction of the Ventura Freeway in 1958. According to other sources, the dog was stuffed after its death and later auctioned off. Since 2011, there has been a memorial to Terry in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Woddy Herman

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* 16. Mai 1913 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

29. Oktober 1987 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American jazz clarinetist, singer and bandleader.

Marion Davies

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* 3. Januar 1897 in Brooklyn, New York

22. September 1961 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actress. Some of your films were very successful at the box office. Davies, who could sing and dance passably but also stuttered a bit, made the jump to talkie thanks to the studio's support. Attempts to revitalize her career by playing a Southern spy opposite Gary Cooper in the lavishly produced film "Operator 13" were unsuccessful. In the late 1930s, Hearst suffered financial slumps and it was Davies who supported him financially, selling jewelry for a million dollars and providing Hearst with the money. After Hearst's death in 1951, Davies married a businessman. Due to the poorly concealed depiction of the Hearst-Davies affair in the film "Citizen Kane", Davies' reputation suffered during his lifetime and her talent was massively denied.

Arthur Lake

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* 17. April 1905 in Corbin, Kentucky

9. Januar 1987 in Indian Wells, Kalifornien

was an American film actor. Arthur Lake died of a heart attack in 1987 at the age of 81 in Indian Wells, California. He was buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (6646 Hollywood Boulevard) for his services to radio.

Tyrone Power

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* 5. Mai 1914 in Cincinnati, Ohio

15. November 1958 in Madrid, Spanien

was an American film and stage actor. At the end of the 1930s he became a Hollywood star, mainly through his leading roles in adventure films such as "Zorro" and "The Pirate". The last film role before his untimely death of a heart attack was Power in Billy Wilder's court drama "Witness for the Prosecution". It became the last film that Tyrone Power could not finish. During a fencing scene with co-star George Sanders, he suffered a heart attack and died on the set. The scenes with Tyrone Power were then completely reshot with Yul Brynner.

Tyrone Power has his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (6747 Hollywood Blvd.).

Virginia Rappe

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7. Juli 1891 in New York City

† 9. September 1921 in San Francisco, Kalifornien

was an American silent film actress. She appeared in eleven silent films, including Roscoe Arbuckle's "His Wedding Night." She died of peritonitis after a party hosted by Arbuckle. Her fiancé, director Henry Lehrman, blamed Arbuckle for Rappe's death. The investigations into the circumstances of her death, along with the media hype that ensued, went down in film history as the Arbuckle scandal and ended Arbuckle's career in the film industry.

Jayne Mansfield

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* 19. April 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

29. Juni 1967 auf dem U.S. Highway 90 nahe Slidell

was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1950s. Jayne Mansfield died on June 29, 1967 at the age of 34 with her fiancé, attorney Sam Brody, in a car accident in Louisiana. Her car, a 1966 Buick 225 Electra, was driving on the U.S. Highway 90, east of the Rigolets Bridge, hit a semi-truck at high speed. Mansfield and Brody, who were in the front, and their 20-year-old driver, Ronnie Harrison, were killed. Three of their five children (Miklós, Zoltán and Mariska) were also in the car; they had slept in the back seats and sustained only minor injuries. Contrary to popular legend, Jayne Mansfield's head was not severed in the accident. The only thing that was photographed by the press photographers was a blond hairpiece that had been thrown off her head or was already lying on the dashboard.

Janet Gaynor

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* 6. Oktober 1906 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

14. September 1984 in Palm Springs, Kalifornien

was an American actress. In the late 1920s and 1930s she was particularly successful as an actress of young naïves and formed a popular screen couple with Charles Farrell. At the Oscars in 1929, she won her first Oscar for Best Actress. She was seriously injured in a car accident in 1982 along with Gregory and fellow actress Mary Martin. Two years later she died at the age of 77 as a result of the after-effects of the accident. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6284 Hollywood Boulevard commemorates the actress.

Cecil B. DeMille

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* 12. August 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts

21. Januar 1959 in Hollywood

was an American director, producer and actor. For four decades he was one of the most commercially successful directors in Hollywood. In particular, lavish and spectacular films such as "The Greatest Show in the World" and "The Ten Commandments" became his trademark. DeMille died in 1959 at the age of 77 while preparing for his first science fiction film.

John Huston

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* 5. August 1906 in Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri

28. August 1987 in Middletown, Rhode Island

was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. Huston, who has worked on some of America's greatest classic films over a nearly sixty-year career, became a seminal filmmaker in American cinema. His most famous directing works include the Humphrey Bogart films "The Hawk's Trail", "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "African Queen". There has hardly been a US director since D. W. Griffith who has contributed as much to the invention and renewal of cinema as John Huston. Huston was a feisty man, an often authoritarian director (John Wayne once punched Huston out of anger at his behavior on the set), and an artist with clear liberal beliefs, which he expressed in his films without fear of criticism or censorship. Despite suffering from emphysema (the result of chain smoking), Huston continued to work on film projects until shortly before his death. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame commemorates John Huston.

Adolphe Menjou

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* 18. Februar 1890 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

29. Oktober 1963 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American actor who acted in just over 150 films between 1914 and 1960 and primarily embodied elegant gentlemen. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hattie McDaniel

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* 10. Juni 1895 in Wichita, Kansas

26. Oktober 1952 in Woodland Hills, Kalifornien

was an American actress and singer. At the 1940 Academy Awards, McDaniel became the first African-American filmmaker to win one of the coveted film awards when she won the Best Supporting Actress category for her role as the loyal slave and later domestic worker "Mammy" in "Gone with the Wind". McDaniel worked in film, radio and television until her death. The actress also gained popularity through her radio appearances as the clever housekeeper Beulah from 1947 to 1952. She also played this character for a short time in late 1951 in the television series of the same name before she had to retire for health reasons. Hattie McDaniel died of breast cancer in 1952 at the age of 57. In 2006 she was posthumously inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Johnny Ramone

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* 8. Oktober 1948 in Long Island, New York

† 15. September 2004 in Los Angeles/USA

was the guitarist for the punk band Ramones. Alongside singer Joey Ramone, he was the only member who was an uninterrupted member of the formation from its founding in 1974 to its dissolution in 1996. A fan of the New York Yankees baseball team, Johnny Ramone determined the band's touring schedule to only travel outside the United States after the baseball season was over. When he had to, he watched the games during Ramones performances on a TV set to the side of the stage without affecting his guitar playing. On June 16, 2004, Rolling Stone magazine announced that Johnny Ramone, who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer four years previously, was losing his battle with the disease because the cancer had now spread throughout his body. Johnny Ramone died of his illness on September 15, 2004 in Los Angeles surrounded by friends and family. Johnny Ramone was cremated and the ashes remained with his wife Linda. In honor of the guitarist, a cenotaph and a bronze sculpture with a pedestal and a memorial plaque were erected in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where Dee Dee Ramone was also buried; the larger-than-life statue depicts him in a typical stage pose.

Fay Wray

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* 15. September 1907 in Cardston, Alberta, Kanada

8. August 2004 in New York City

was an American actress. She is best known as the Scream Queen thanks to numerous appearances in early 1930s horror films such as "King Kong and the White Lady". Peter Jackson was trying to win her over for his remake of King Kong, wanting to give her the film's final lines: "It was beauty that killed the beast." She agreed, but died before filming began at the age of 96.

Harry Cohn

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* 23. Juli 1891 in New York City, New York

27. Februar 1958 in Phoenix, Arizona

was an American film producer. Cohn was one of the founders of the film studio Columbia Pictures. Harry Cohn ruled the studio in an unusually autocratic manner, even by Hollywood standards. His lack of manners, complete disregard for the most elementary norms of courtesy in dealing with others, and constant harassment of female employees quickly made Cohn one of the most hated men in the entire film industry. At the same time he was an excellent financial expert who managed to run Columbia as the only film studio until 1958 without a loss. Screenwriter Ben Hecht gave Cohn the nickname White Fang, and actor Ronald Colman returned to film Witness for the Prosecution in 1942 only on the condition that under no circumstances would he have personal contact with Harry Cohn. Another well-known victim was Katharine Hepburn, whom Cohn personally blamed for the financial failure of 1938's "Holiday." The actress received no more offers from Columbia until his death.

Nelson Eddy

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* 29. Juni 1901 in Providence, Rhode Island

6. März 1967 in Miami Beach, Florida

was an American opera singer (baritone) and film actor. Eddy gained his greatest popularity through eight joint film appearances with Jeanette MacDonald, with whom he formed a permanent screen couple in the 1930s and 1940s. He collapsed on stage from a brain hemorrhage while performing at the Sans Souci Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. A few hours later, in the early hours of March 6, 1967, he died. Over the course of his 40-year career, Eddy has been honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1 star each for film, vocal recording and radio), left his footprint in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater, earned 3 gold records and was invited to to sing at the third inauguration ceremony for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Walter Jurmann

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* 12. Oktober 1903 in Wien

17. Juni 1971 in Budapest

was an Austrian composer of pop songs and film music. His greatest successes were "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935) and "San Francisco" (1936). In 1943, Jurmann withdrew almost entirely from professional life. In the summer of 1971 he died of a heart attack in Budapest while on vacation in Europe.

Don Adams

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* 13. April 1923 in Manhattan, New York City

25. September 2005 in Los Angeles

was an American actor. His television career began in 1948. He became known worldwide in the role of secret agent Maxwell Smart (Agent 86) in the comedy series "Mini-Max". Adams died of a lung infection in a Los Angeles hospital in 2005 at the age of 82.

Darren McGavin

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* 7. Mai 1922 in San Joaquin, Kalifornien

25. Februar 2006 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor. McGavin gained notoriety through his role as upstanding journalist and vampire hunter Carl Kolchak in the horror series "The Night Hunter". Chris Carter for his series "The X-Files - The Uncanny Cases of the FBI", in which McGavin was therefore also seen in some episodes as Arthur Dales McGavin also starred in the disaster film "Lost In The Bermuda Triangle", in which Ray Bradbury Film adaptation of the "Chronicles of Mars", in the action film "The City Shark" alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and in the three-part series "Around the World in 80 Days" alongside Pierce Brosnan. He also made countless guest appearances in television series such as "Solo für O.N.C.E.L.", "Smoking Guns", "Love Boat" or as a mentor to Candice Bergen in "Murphy Brown", for which he was awarded an Emmy in 1990.

Mickey Rooney

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* 23. September 1920 in New York City

6. April 2014 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor. Rooney's career in front of the camera spanned over 300 films in 88 years between 1926 and 2014 and is considered the longest that an actor has ever achieved in cinema. His exuberant lifestyle caused a sensation. Throughout his life, Rooney has struggled with alcohol and drugs, as well as financial problems. He died on April 6, 2014 at the age of 93 at his home in North Hollywood. Rooney has four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Nelson Riddle

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* 1. Juni 1921 in Oradell, New Jersey

6. Oktober 1985 in Los Angeles

was an American arranger, composer and leader of a big band. On October 6, 1985, Riddle died of heart and kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver five years previously.

Al Ritz

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* 27. August 1901 in Newark, New Jersey

† 22. Dezember 1965 in New Orleans, Louisiana

was an American actor, comedian and entertainer. Ritz was the eldest of the Ritz brothers. The Ritzes appeared at the New Orleans Roosevelt Hotel in December 1965 when Al died of a heart attack on December 22nd.

Jimmy Ritz


* 4. Oktober 1904 in Newark, New Jersey

† 17. November 1985 in Los Angeles, California

was an American actor and actor. He was also the second Ritz brother. Ritz died on November 17, 1985 in Los Angeles, California from heart disease at the age of 81.

Harry Ritz

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* 22. Mai 1907 in Newark, New Jersey

† 29. März 1986 in San Diego, California

was an American actor. He was also the youngest of the Ritz brothers. Harry Ritz battled cancer and Alzheimer's disease before passing on March 29, 1986.

Florence Lawrence

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* 2. Januar 1886 in Hamilton, Ontario, Kanada

† 28. Dezember 1938 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

was a Canadian-American silent film actress, who is also often referred to as the "first film star" in film history. Lawrence made countless films up to 1915, most of which showed her as a virgin heroine in Victorian melodramas. After suffering severe burns in a studio fire earlier this year, she was sidelined for years. With the change in public taste soon after World War I, Lawrence was increasingly forgotten. In 1929 she lost her fortune in the stock market crash at the time and fell into severe depression in the years that followed. She lived on a small salary from a foundation for impoverished artists. In 1938 she took her own life.

Ernest Henry Westmore

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* 29. Oktober 1904

† 1. Februar 1967

was a Hollywood makeup artist and actor. Ern died of an apparent heart attack in New York City in 1967.

Frances Drake

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* 22. Oktober 1912 in New York City

18. Januar 2000 in Irvine, Kalifornien

was an American actress. In 1942 she ended her acting career and retired into private life. The actress was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.

Monte Bell

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* 5. Februar 1891 in Washington, D.C.

4. Februar 1958 in Hollywood

was an American producer, director and screenwriter. He met Charlie Chaplin, who enabled him to appear in two of his films, in 1917 as an extra in "The Adventurer" and in 1923 as a policeman in "The Pilgrim". After that, he directed, for example, Joan Crawford's debut film "Wonderful Love" and Greta Garbo's first Hollywood film "Floods of Passion". He worked on Chaplin's film "Nights of a Beautiful Woman" as his dramaturgical assistant and editor. After 1930 he concentrated almost exclusively on film production.

Ann Sheridan

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* 21. Februar 1915 in Denton, Texas

21. Januar 1967 in Los Angeles

was an American actress. Ann Sheridan won a Paramount beauty pageant in 1934 and was subsequently awarded a contract. After her first role in 1934 in "Wagon Wheels" and two dozen other small roles in which she could primarily flaunt her beauty, she joined Warner Brothers in 1936. Initially, however, she only received minor roles there, and it was not until 1938 that she got her first major role in "Chicago - Angels with Dirty Faces". In the meantime she had also adopted the stage name Ann. Under a studio contract with Warner Brothers, Sheridan soon became one of the film company's female stars and established herself as a popular pin-up girl alongside Betty Grable, Dorothy Lamour and Rita Hayworth. In 1966, the year before her death, she played a leading role in the television series "Pistols and Petticoats". She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Chris Cornell

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* 20. Juli 1964 in Seattle, Washington

† 18. Mai 2017 in Detroit, Michigan

was an American musician. He is best known as the singer, guitarist and songwriter for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Chris Cornell was born Christopher John Boyle in Seattle in 1964, the son of a pharmacist and an accountant. After his parents divorced in 1978, he took his mother's surname. By that time he was said to be suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. He became addicted to drugs and alcohol at the age of 13. He dropped out of high school at the age of 15 and worked as a fishmonger and sous chef at Ray's Boathouse in Seattle. In March 1990 he married his then band manager Susan Jean Silver and had a daughter with her in 2000. In 2002 he went into drug and alcohol rehabilitation in a rehabilitation clinic. A little later, the couple divorced. In January 2003 he met the publicist Vicky Karayiannis in Paris, whom he married shortly afterwards. A daughter was born together in 2004, followed by a son in 2005. Together with Karayiannis' brother, the couple opened the restaurant Black Calavados in Paris and founded the "Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation" in 2012, which takes care of homeless, abused and neglected children. According to the police report, Chris Cornell died in Detroit in May 2017 at the age of 52 by suicide.

Judy Garland


* 10. Juni 1922 in Grand Rapits, Minnesota

† 22. Juni 1969 in Chelsea, London

was an American film actress and singer. She became famous for her leading role in the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), in which she sings the original version of the song "Over the Rainbow". Throughout her career, she has been recognized with major awards such as the Grammy, Golden Globe, Tony Award and an honorary Oscar. In contrast to her successful career, her private life was fraught with problems. She died at the age of 47 from an overdose of a sleeping pill.

Judy Garland has been divorced four times. She was married to songwriter David Rose from 1941 to 1945, to director Vincente Minnelli from 1945 to 1951, to show producer Sidney Luft from 1952 to 1965 and to actor Mark Herron from 1965 to 1966. She married her fifth husband, musician Mickey Deans, in 1969 a few months before her death. From the marriage with Minnelli comes daughter Liza Minnelli; the marriage to Luft produced daughter Lorna Luft and son Joey Luft.

She spent most of her last years in London, where she married nightclub owner Deans in March 1969, who arranged a concert tour for her through Scandinavia that same month. But the many sapping years at MGM, her addiction to stimulants and sleeping pills, and severe hepatitis in 1969 finally took their toll. On June 22, 1969, twelve days after her 47th birthday, she died of an overdose of 10 tablets of secobarbital. Probably accidentally, as the pack of 25 tablets was only half used and another bottle with 100 tablets was unopened.

On June 27, 1969 Garland was buried in Hartsdale (New York). In January 2017, she was transferred to Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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