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Pierce Brothers Westwood Village

1218 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Natalie Wood

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* 20. Juli 1938 in San Francisco

29. November 1981 vor Santa Catalina Island

was an American actress. She peaked in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s with films such as Because They Don't Know What They're Doing and West Side Story, and won three Golden Globe Awards, among others. Natalie Wood also owns a star on the Walk of Fame. She died in 1981 on a boat trip with her husband Robert Wagner near Santa Catalina Island in Los Angeles. After new witnesses reported to the police, the circumstances of the death were examined again in November 2011 without any concrete results. The death, previously classified as an accident, was reassessed in January 2013 and a new autopsy report was prepared. Accordingly, Wood's body had bruises and scratches on her arms and legs, which she may have suffered before falling into the water. There was only little seawater in the lungs, so that drowning is impossible. Her death is now being attributed to "undetermined causes".

Bob Crane

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* 13. Juli 1928 in Waterbury, Connecticut

29. Juni 1978 in Scottsdale, Arizona

was an American actor. He gained notoriety in Germany with the leading role in the series "A cage full of heroes". Bob Crane was found dead in his Winfield Place apartment on June 29, 1978. His skull was probably smashed in with a camera tripod. Crane's best friend, John Henry Carpenter, was arrested on suspicion of murder but no charges were brought. Crane apparently wanted to end his friendship with Carpenter, but died before he could put his plan into action. Carpenter was tried again in 1994, but was acquitted for lack of evidence. Carpenter died in 1998. The camera tripod in question has not yet been found.

Eddie Albert

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* 22. April 1906 in Rock Island, Illinois

24. Mai 2005 in Pacific Palisades, Kalifornien

was an American actor. He achieved great popularity through his role as Oliver Wendell Douglas, whom he embodied both from 1965 to 1968 in the series "Petticoat Junction" and with the leading role in its "Spin off Green Acres" between 1965 and 1971. He had other roles in "Columbo", "Airport 80", "Falcon Crest", "Just in Case" and "An Angel on Earth". Eddie Albert died of pneumonia in 2005 at the age of 99.

Darryl F. Zanuck

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* 5. September 1902 in Wahoo, Nebraska, USA

22. Dezember 1979 in Palm Springs, Kalifornien

was involved as a film producer, screenwriter and director in the emergence of the classic studio system in Hollywood. For many years, Zanuck was head of production at Warner Brothers. In 1933, Zanuck founded 20th Century Pictures with Joseph Schenck. In 1935, her company merged with the Fox Film Company to form 20th Century Fox, with Zanuck as vice president. Mount Zanuck in Antarctica bears his name.

Cornel Wilde

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* 13. Oktober 1915 in Priwitz, Slowakei

16. Oktober 1989 in Los Angeles

was an American actor and film director of Hungarian descent. Wilde had smaller roles until he played Frédéric Chopin in "Polonaise" in 1945. This film, for which he received an Oscar nomination, was his breakthrough. He acted mostly in adventure films, but also in serious dramas like "Deadly Sin" in 1945. In 1955 Wilde founded his own film company, Theodora Productions. He produced, directed and starred in the 1965 adventure film The Death Defiant, in which he played a safari participant who is being hunted by an African tribe. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Richard Conte

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* 24. März 1910 in Jersey City, New Jersey

15. April 1975 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American film and stage actor and film director. In "The Godfather" from 1972, he embodied Don Barzini, the opponent of Don Corleone (Marlon Brando). Richard Conte died of a heart attack at the age of 65.

Donna Reed

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* 27. Januar 1921 in Denison, Iowa

14. Januar 1986 in Beverly Hills

was an American actress. She played the female lead in the classic film Ain't Life Beautiful (1946) and received an Oscar for her supporting role in Eternity in 1953. From 1984 to 1985 she briefly took on the role of Miss Ellie in the television series Dallas when the actual actress Barbara Bel Geddes suffered from health problems. However, when Bel Geddes recovered, the disappointed Reed was summarily dismissed. Dallas was her last work as an actress. On January 14, 1986, Reed died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 64. After her death, the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts was established in Reed's hometown of Denison.

Richard Basehart

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* 31. August 1914 in Zanesville, Ohio

17. September 1984 in Los Angeles

was an American actor. Basehart's film debut came in 1947 with Cry Wolf. It was the start of a nearly 40-year career. A versatile character actor, he played heroes, villains and the mentally disturbed. In John Huston's 1956 Melville film "Moby Dick" he played the narrator and sole survivor of the battle against the white whale, the sailor "Ishmael". He voiced the English language opening sequence in the episodes of the series "Knight Rider". He also played the role of Admiral Harriman Nelson on the 1960s US TV series The Seaview. Alongside Yul Brynner and George Chakiris, he played the high priest Ah Min in the 1963 Mayan film Kings of the Sun. He died after a series of strokes on September 17, 1984.

Sammy Cahn

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* 18. Juni 1913 in New York City

15. Januar 1993 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American songwriter and musician. He collaborated with Jimmy Van Heusen and co-wrote the jazz standard Here's That Rainy Day. Sammy Cahn died on January 15, 1993 at the age of 79 in Los Angeles, California.

Roy Orbison

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* 23. April 1936 in Vernon, Texas

† 6. Dezember 1988 in Hendersonville, Tennessee

was an American country and rock singer and songwriter. In the 1960s he had numerous hits with songs like "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Only the Lonely", "Crying" and "In Dreams". His trademarks were sunglasses and dark love ballads. In the years leading up to his death, Orbison made another acclaimed comeback. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him the 13th greatest singer of all time. He suffered from heart problems from an early age and had to undergo bypass surgery in the late 1970s. He died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988. In January 2010, more than twenty years after his death, Roy Orbison was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Richard Dawson

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* 20. November 1932 in Gosport, England

2. Juni 2012 in Los Angeles

was a British actor and television presenter. From 1973 to 1978 he was a permanent member of the guessing team for the quiz show Match Game. His high hit rate and humor increased his popularity. In 1976 he finally got his own show, "Family Feud", the US version of "Family Duel", which he successfully presented until 1985. In 1978 he won an Emmy for it. In 1987, he played the role of Damon Killian in the Schwarzenegger film Running Man, in which he partially parodied his own career as a show host. Richard Dawson, who last lived in Beverly Hills, died on June 2, 2012 of complications from esophageal cancer at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles.

Frank Zappa

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* 21. Dezember 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland

4. Dezember 1993 in Laurel Canyon, Kalifornien

was an American composer and musician. He released more than 100 music albums. Zappa has had a significant influence on rock music, both through his compositions, which are characterized by stylistic borrowings and rhythmic diversity, and through his lyrics. These referred to pop culture and current affairs and were often satirical or dadaist-absurd. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received two Grammy Awards. Zappa also worked as a music producer and film director and composed orchestral pieces. In November 1991, it was announced that Zappa had prostate cancer, although at the time of diagnosis the disease was already at an advanced stage. Zappa died on December 4, 1993 and was buried in an unidentified grave in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, directly to the right of Lew Ayres and a few feet from Roy Orbison.

Lew Ayres

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* 28. Dezember 1908 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

30. Dezember 1996 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor and director. He became famous for his leading role as Paul Bäumer in the classic film "Nothing New in the West" (1930). A distinguished film and television career of around 65 years followed, during which Ayres was nominated for an Oscar, among other things, and was awarded the Golden Globe and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He had roles in "Hawaii Five Zero", "The Battle for the Planet of the Apes", "Columbo", "Battlestar Galactica", "Our Little Farm", "No One Skins Like Don Camillo", "An Angel on Earth ", "The A Team" and "Hard but hearty". He died in Los Angeles on December 30, 1996, two days after his 88th birthday.

Jim Backus

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* 25. Februar 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio

3. Juli 1989 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor and voice actor. From 1964 to 1967 he played millionaire Thurston Howell III on the sitcom Gilligan's Island. In addition, Backus frequently had guest appearances in various television series, including "Guns Smoke", "Three Girls and Three Boys" and "Charlie's Angels". He also appeared in films such as the comedies 'A Totally, Totally Crazy World' (1963), 'Where Were You When The Lights Got Out?' (1968), "It cracks, it hisses, there's nothing to see" (1972) or the fantasy film musical "Elliot, das Schmunzelmonster" (1977). But Backus was also seen in serious roles such as "Victory over the Dark" (1951), "Temptation on 809" (1952) or "... because they don't know what they are doing" (1955). Jim Backus died of complications from pneumonia in 1989.

Sebastian Cabot

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* 6. Juli 1918 in London

22. August 1977 in North Saanich, British Columbia, Kanada

was a British actor. His first major role was in Alfred Hitchcock's Secret Agent. He also had a major role in the Disney Western "The Fearless" (1956). In 1960 he starred in George Pal's H.G. Wells film The Time Machine, and in 1963 he starred opposite Vincent Price in a segment of the horror film The Venom of Evil. Parallel to his film career, he also began to work in TV productions from the mid-1950s. At first he only had various guest appearances in "Twilight Zone" and "Smoking Guns". He got his first big TV role alongside Doug McClure in the series "Checkmate", in which he was seen in 70 episodes. He played his most famous role in the series "Dear Uncle Bill", in which he embodied the butler "Giles French" for five years. He spent the last years of his life in Sydney, Canada. In 1974, Cabot suffered his first stroke, which ended his acting career abruptly. He died in 1977 after another stroke. His grave is in the urn garden of Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles; Brian Keith, who starred in 'Dear Uncle Bill' with Cabot, was also buried in the same area.

Dorothy Stratten

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* 28. Februar 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia

14. August 1980 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was a Canadian actress, first known as Playmate. On June 1, 1979, she married Paul Snider in Las Vegas. Due to Snider's jealousy, they separated in August 1980. On August 14, 1980, under the pretense of one last talk, Paul Snider lured Dorothy Stratten into their former West Los Angeles apartment where, in a fit of rage, he raped and then murdered her. The trigger for the murder was the report by private detective Mark Goldenstein hired by Snider, who had uncovered Stratten's relationship with director Peter Bogdanovich. Paul Snider committed suicide immediately after his crime.

Minnie Riperton

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8. November 1947 in Chicago, USA

12. Juli 1979 in Los Angeles

was an American soul singer. She was best known for being able to use her voice to achieve notes in the whistle register and to imitate bird calls and instruments. Her biggest hit was Lovin' You (1975). In 1976, Riperton announced on a television show that she had breast cancer. She continued to tour despite the fact that her cancer seemed to be progressing. In 1979, Riperton was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she died at her husband's side at the age of 31.

Ariel Durant  &

William James Durant

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Ariel Durant

* 10. Mai 1898 in Proskurow, Russland

25. Oktober 1981 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

Ariel Durant was an American writer.


William James Durant

* 5. November 1885 in North Adams, Massachusetts

7. November 1981 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American philosopher and writer. In 1981, he and his wife, Ariel Durant, died shortly after each other in Los Angeles.

Carl Wilson

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* 21. Dezember 1946 in Hawthorne, Kalifornien

6. Februar 1998 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was lead guitarist and singer of the band The Beach Boys. Carl Wilson died on February 6, 1998 at the age of 51 from lung cancer and a brain tumour. After Dennis Wilson's death in 1983 and Brian Wilson's final departure in 1988, there was no longer a Wilson with the Beach Boys.

Eve Arden

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* 30. April 1908 in Mill Valley, Kalifornien

12. November 1990 in Los Angeles

was an American actress. Arden starred in numerous feature films and television series from the 1940s. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1946 for her role in As Long as a Heart Beats. In 1959, she was the quick-witted secretary to attorney Paul Biegler, portrayed by James Stewart, in 'Murder Anatomy'. In the musical adaptation "Grease" she played the principal McGee in 1978. On television, she starred in the family series Our Miss Brooks from 1952 to 1956. From 1957 to 1958 she had her own "The Eve Arden Show". This was followed by numerous guest roles in television series such as "Vegas", "Love Boat" and "Hart aber Herzen". Her last role was as Lillian Nash in the 1987 prime-time soap Falcon Crest. Arden died of colon cancer and heart disease at the age of 82.

Lloyd Nolan

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* 11. August 1902 in San Francisco

27. September 1985 in Los Angeles

was an American actor. Mostly he played concise supporting roles. As a leading actor he was seen in some B-Movies. In the early 1940s, Nolan played a role type similar to that of Humphrey Bogart in his portrayal of Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade in several crime films starring private investigator Michael Shayne. In 1956, Nolan received an Emmy Award for his work in an episode of the television series Ford Star Jubilee.

His last film role became his best-known role in old age: In Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" he played the father of the three sisters alongside Maureen O'Sullivan. Nolan died of lung cancer before the film premiered.

Allan Melvin

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* 18. Februar 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri

17. Januar 2008 in Los Angeles

was an American actor and voiceover artist in animated films. Allan J. Melvin began his career as an actor. In the 1970s he turned away from acting and increasingly took on speaking roles in animated series. The actor, who has been married since 1943, died of cancer in 2008.

Bettie Page

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* 22. April 1923 in Nashville, Tennessee

11. Dezember 2008 in Los Angeles

was an American fetish and nude model. She rose to prominence in pin-up images in the 1950s, largely faded into oblivion in the 1960s, and has been revered as a pin-up icon and sex symbol by various subcultures since the 1980s. She is considered one of the most photographed women of the 1950s, the first known bondage and fetish model, and a pioneer of the so-called sexual revolution. She was an inspiration for comic book characters, films and the development of New Burlesque. Another biography, The Real Bettie Page: The Truth about the Queen of Pinups, published by Richard Foster in 1997, tells a different, less happy story about her life after retiring from the public eye. According to a police report from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, Page suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. On the afternoon of April 19, 1979, she stabbed her landlord during a paranoid episode. Page continued to shun publicity and lived a secluded and secluded life in an undisclosed location in California. In mid-November 2008, she was hospitalized with lung problems. At the beginning of December 2008 she fell into a coma after a heart attack. On December 11, 2008, she died in Los Angeles at the age of 85 after being unconscious for a week.

Marilyn Monroe

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* 1. Juni 1926 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

5. August 1962 ebenda

was an American film actress and singer, a fashion model and a film producer. She became a world star in the 1950s, is now a film icon and an archetypal sex symbol of the 20th century. Although she only played small supporting roles as an attractive blonde in many early films, she became a crowd pleaser and a guarantee of success for the studios. With music films and comedies like "Blondes Prefer" (1953), "How do you catch a Millionaire?" (1953) or "The Seven Year Itch" (1955) she became Hollywood's biggest star. She had her greatest success with "Some Like It Hot" (1959) in her typical role as a seductive blonde, for which she was honored with a Golden Globe. The film is now considered the best American comedy of all time. She died aged 36 on the night of August 4/5, 1962, aged 36, in her bed at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles. The cause of death was determined by a court-ordered autopsy on August 5, 1962. According to autopsy reports by pathologist Thomas Noguchi, the cause of death was an overdose of the barbiturate Nembutal combined with the sleeping pill chloral hydrate. The autopsy of the corpse showed that the dead woman was a healthy woman for her age. Her death certificate reads "probably suicide." An accidental overdose is also possible.

Jay Livingston

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* 28. März 1915 in McDonald, Pennsylvania

17. Oktober 2001 in Los Angeles

was an American composer. Livingston and lyricist Ray Evans were the big songwriting couple in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1948 they received an Oscar for the song "Buttons and Bows" from the western comedy "Angel With Two Guns", in 1950 for the song "Mona Lisa" from the film drama "Captain Carey, U.S.A." and 1956 Doris Day Award for the song "Que Sera, Sera" from the Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much. Livingston and Evans also wrote themes for such television series as Bonanza (1959) and Mr. Ed (1961). In all, they've provided the songs for 50 films, including a dozen Bob Hope comedies.

Ray Evans

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* 4. Februar 1915 in Salamanca, New York

15. Februar 2007 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American songwriter. Together with his partner Jay Livingston, he wrote numerous songs for films in the 1950s, including "Whatever Will Be", which was best known as "Que Sera, Sera". The duo also wrote the theme tunes for the TV series "Bonanza" and "Mr. Ed".

Robert Stack

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* 13. Januar 1919 in Los Angeles

14. Mai 2003 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American actor with a film and television career spanning over 60 years. In the first ten years of his film career, Stack acted primarily in westerns and war films. From the late 1950s, Stack turned more and more to television, so he played the leading role in the successful drama series "The Untouchables", of which around 120 episodes were produced between 1959 and 1963. He also had guest appearances in "The Incredible Journey in a Mad Airplane", "Murder Is Your Hobby", "Transformers", "Hercules", ... He died of pneumonia in 2003 at the age of 84.

Buddy Rich

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* 30. September 1917 in New York

2. April 1987 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American jazz drummer and bandleader and is considered one of the best and most technically accomplished jazz drummers in the world. Rich was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1987 and died of a heart attack after emergency surgery.

James Wong Howe

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* 28. August 1899 in Guangzhou, China

12. Juli 1976 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American cinematographer. His name is occasionally given as "James Howe" in film titles. Among Paramount's better known films was working on the Clara Bow comedy Mantrap. By 1927 his reputation as a cameraman who was more imaginative and sophisticated with light than most of his peers was so established that he went into business for himself. A highlight of his work was the adventure film "The Prisoner of Zenda".

Jonathan Harris

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* 6. November 1914 in Bronx, New York

3. November 2002 in Encino, Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor and voice actor. He has had guest appearances on various television shows and series such as "Peter Gunn", "Bonanza", "Zorro" and "Twilight Zone". Between 1959 and 1965 he acted in 73 episodes in the series "The Third Man" based on the film "The Third Man". From 1965 to 1968 he played the role of Dr. Zachary Smith in Lost Between Worlds. He had his last leading role in 1977 in "The Space Academy".

Christopher George

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* 25. Februar 1931 in Royal Oak, Michigan

28. November 1983 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor. Christopher George got his first role in the 1965 film First Victory, which starred John Wayne and Kirk Douglas. He later made the three films "El Dorado", "Chisum" and "Dirty Gold" with John Wayne. In the years 1966 to 1968 he took on a leading role in the series "The Rat Patrol", in the 70s he was an actor in television series such as "Vegas".

Harry Warren

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Truman Capote

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* 24. Dezember 1893 in Brooklyn, New York

22. September 1981 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American musician, composer and songwriter. The Italian-American Harry Warren is one of the most successful songwriters for musicals and film music. The best-known hit songs include Lulu's Back in Town, which was made famous by Fats Waller and, in the 1950s, especially by Mel Tormé, his composition "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (1941), which was his first major success, and Glenn Miller orchestra became popular, as did (I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo (1942). Warren won the Academy Award for Best Song for Lullaby of Broadway (with Al Dubin, 1935), You'll Never Know (with Mack Gordon, 1943) and for On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe (with Johnny Mercer, 1946) . Warren also composed the Broadway musical Shangri-La (1956).

* 30. September 1924 in New Orleans

25. August 1984 in Los Angeles

was an American writer, actor, and screenwriter. About 300 million copies of Capote's books were sold, including about 150 million during his lifetime. Hallucinations caused by drug addiction haunted him during the last years of his life, which he spent for long periods in hospitals and sanatoriums. He died alone in Los Angeles on August 25, 1984. The writer's ashes, kept in a wooden box, were sold at auction in Los Angeles in September 2016 and fetched $45,000, almost ten times the original estimate.

Heather O´Rourke

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* 27. Dezember 1975 in San Diego, Kalifornien

1. Februar 1988 ebenda

was an American child actress, best known for her role as Carol Anne in the Poltergeist trilogy. She appeared as a guest star in television series such as "Fantasy Island", "CHiPs" or "Matt Houston". O'Rourke was discovered in 1980 at the age of four by Steven Spielberg, who was looking for an actress to play five-year-old Carol Anne for his planned "Poltergeist" film. Though he initially thought she was too young, after an interview and a scream test, he changed his mind and gave her the role. Drew Barrymore was originally in talks to play Carol Anne. She instead landed the lead in Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. A year after being discovered by Spielberg, O'Rourke landed her first supporting acting role in an episode of the television series Fantasy Island in 1981. In June 1982, the first poltergeist movie was released, and O'Rourke's line, "They're he-eere!" became part of American pop culture. After the great success of the first part, O'Rourke took on the role of Carol Anne in the sequels from 1986 and 1987.

O'Rourke suffered from congenital intestinal stenosis, which led to health problems from the beginning of 1987. She was misdiagnosed as Crohn's disease and treated with cortisone. After completing filming on Poltergeist III, O'Rourke died on February 1, 1988 at the age of 12 from complications of emergency surgery for an intestinal obstruction. "Poltergeist III" was not released until four months after O'Rourke's death and was dedicated in her memory.

Dominique Dunne

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* 23. November 1959 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien

4. November 1982 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American film actress. In 1982, she gained notoriety as an actress with her portrayal of Carol-Anne's older sister in Steven Spielberg's horror film Poltergeist. In the fall of 1981, in Los Angeles, she met her future boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, the chef at the elegant Ma Maison restaurant. Their love relationship was considered delicate from the start. Dunne was often beaten and abused by her jealous boyfriend. In October 1982, she attempted to end the relationship. However, Sweeney did not want to accept her decision and went to see her that same evening to convince her of his love. Sweeney then strangled Dunne to the point of brain death. Dunne was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and initially kept alive artificially. The machines were shut down a few days later and she died at the age of 22. Dunne is buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, not far from Heather O'Rourke († 1988), who appeared as her sister in the film Poltergeist. Sweeney was sentenced to six and a half years in prison, but was paroled early after three years and eight months.

Mel Torme

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* 13. September 1925 in Chicago, Illinois

5. Juni 1999 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American jazz and pop singer, drummer, composer, arranger, author, and actor. His most famous composition is the Christmas classic "The Christmas Song", which he co-wrote with Robert Wells. In August 1996, Mel Tormé should have opened the Newport Jazz Festival with George Shearing. But the concert had to be canceled at the last second: Tormé had suffered a stroke. He should never recover from this: the singer could not perform live as a result. Mel Tormé died on June 5, 1999 as a result of another stroke.

John Cassavetes

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* 9. Dezember 1929 in New York

3. Februar 1989 in Los Angeles

was an American director, screenwriter, producer and actor. The same actors often play in Cassavetes' films, since he liked to write roles "to suit" actors he knew. Most of his cast were friends, former colleagues from drama school, amateurs and family members such as Peter Falk, Seymour Cassel, Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands. John Cassavetes died on February 3, 1989 from complications of liver cirrhosis.

Eva Gabor

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* 11. Februar 1919 in Budapest, Ungarn

4. Juli 1995 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actress and comedian. In addition to smaller film roles, she played the role of a New Yorker who lives in the country in the 1960s in the well-known sitcom "Green Acres". In later years, she lent her voice to Miss Bianca in the English version of the Disney films "Bernard and Bianca - The Mouse Police" and "Bernard and Bianca in Kangaroo Land". Gábor died of lung failure at the age of 76, having previously fractured a rib in a bathtub fall.

Irvin Paul Lazar

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* March 28, 1907

† December 30, 1993

was an American talent agent and profiteer. Lazar died on December 30, 1993 at the age of 86 from complications resulting from poor circulation in his feet. Doctors wanted to amputate, but Lazar refused, which ultimately led to his death.

Armand Hammer

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* 21. Mai 1898 in New York City

10. Dezember 1990 in Los Angeles

was an American industrialist and art collector. He was the longtime CEO of the US oil company.

Don Knotts

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* 21. Juli 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

24. Februar 2006 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American actor and comedian, who frequently appeared in roles in which he embodied an ill-fated, nervous, mostly awkward everyday type. For five years, Knotts played the role of a sheriff in a small town in the southern United States... the hyper-nervous Deputy Barney Fife. Knotts won a total of five Emmys for the role, which made him one of the most popular television comedians of the era. In the following years he appeared in rather moderately successful comedies and gave guest appearances in various television series. It wasn't until 1979 that he made a comeback in the sitcom "Herzbube mit Zwei Damen". As Ralph Furley, Knotts embodied the suspicious and hysterical landlord of the three main characters (including John Ritter) from the third year of the hit series until its end in 1984. After that, his guest roles became more numerous again. This is also the case with the TV series "Murder is her hobby". Knotts also had a recurring role on his old friend Andy Griffith's Matlock legal series, among others. He has had other roles in Stanley Kramer's social satire The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (opposite Spencer Tracy), opposite Doris Day in One Too Much In Bed, in a number of Walt Disney comedies such as The Bread Dumpling Gang (1975 ) or "The Great Beetle in the Monte Carlo Rally" (1977), as a television technician alongside Reese Witherspoon in "Pleasantville", and alongside a cast of American stars (including Burt Reynolds, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis jr.) in "On the Highway all hell broke loose again".

Dean Martin

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* 7. Juni 1917, Ohio

25. Dezember 1995 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American singer, actor and entertainer. Martin became internationally known after the Second World War through a ten-year collaboration with comedian Jerry Lewis. He performed regularly in Las Vegas until 1991, sang world hits like "Memories Are Made of This" and "Everybody Loves Somebody" (Sometimes) and made over 50 feature films, including "Rio Bravo" and "Kiss Me, Dummkopf". At the beginning of the 1980s, Martin's state of health began to deteriorate noticeably. He had increasing difficulty remembering texts. The accidental death of his son, Dean Paul, in 1987 triggered a lasting depression in Martin, which was expressed, among other things, in an increased indifference towards himself and the world around him. Jerry Lewis believed that his son's death had taken away Martin's will to live ("That was the day he died"). Martin was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the early 1990s and lung cancer in September 1993. Dean Martin died on December 25, 1995 at the age of 78 from complications from cancer. On the day of his death, Las Vegas streets and buildings went dark for ten minutes.

Oscar Levant

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* 27. Dezember 1906 in Pittsburgh

14. August 1972 in Beverly Hills

was an American composer, concert pianist, arranger, and occasional actor. Levant is particularly well known for his sarcastic and humorous appearances in film, television and radio. Perhaps his best-known film role was in 1951, alongside Gene Kelly, in An American in Paris. Above all, however, Levant was a well-known singer of his time. After his first divorce from Barbara Woodell in 1932, he married Doris Gilmartin in 1939, with whom he had three children. They remained together until his death in 1972 - he died of a heart attack at the age of 65.

Francis Lenn Taylor

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* 28. December 1897

† 20. November 1968

was an American art dealer and father of actress Elizabeth Taylor. He died on November 20, 1968 at the age of 70 in Los Angeles, California

Sara  Taylor

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* 21. August 1895 in Arkansas City

11. September 1994 in Palm Springs, Kalifornien

was an American stage actress and mother of Elizabeth Taylor. Sothern died in Palm Springs at the age of 99.

Angela Crocetti

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* 18. Dezember, 1897

† 25. December, 1966 in Los Angeles

Daughter of Domenico Ned Barra and Mary Josephine Barra. Wife of Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti. Mother of Dean Martin and Bill Crocetti. Sister of Michael Barra and Leonard Barr.

Gaetano Crocetti

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* 1894

† 1967

Husband of Angela Crocetti. Father of Dean Martin and William Crocetti

John Boles

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* 27. Oktober 1895 in Greenville, Texas

27. Februar 1969 in San Angelo, Texas

was an American stage and film actor. He played his last of over 50 film roles in "Babes in Bagdad", a low-budget production from 1952. Unlike many of his colleagues, he was never seen on television. John Boles died of a heart attack on February 27, 1969 at the age of 73.

Burt Lancaster

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* 2. November 1913 in New York

20. Oktober 1994 in Century City, Los Angeles

was an American film actor and film producer. Lancaster first became famous through westerns and adventure films such as "The Red Corsair" and "Vera Cruz". In later years he made a name for himself as an international character actor in classic films such as "Damned to Eternity". He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Elmer Gantry (1960). He would also take on the male lead in the film Old Gringo, opposite Jane Fonda. After Columbia Pictures replaced him with Gregory Peck because of his failing health, he sued the production company.

In November 1990, Lancaster suffered a stroke that also affected his speech center, leaving him unable to work as an actor. Lancaster spent his final years in seclusion, dying of a heart attack on October 20, 1994, just under two weeks before his 81st birthday.

Sage Stallone

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* 5. Mai 1976 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

Juli 2012 ebenda

was an American actor and film director. He was the son of Sasha Czack and Sylvester Stallone. Stallone made his acting debut opposite his father in the movie 'Rocky V,' where he played the famous boxer's son. He also stood in front of the camera with his father in "Daylight". Since then he has only appeared as an actor in low-budget films. In 1996 he founded the company "Grindhouse Releasing" with Bob Murawski, which deals with the restoration and preservation of exploitation films. In the years that followed, Stallone directed two films. The short film "Vic" was screened at the 2006 Film Festival in Palm Springs, California.

He was briefly married to Starlin Wright. The childless marriage was annulled in 2008.

Sage Stallone was found dead in his Studio City apartment by his housekeeper on July 13, 2012 after he hadn't called for several days. An autopsy revealed that Stallone had died of heart failure resulting from atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries.

Ray Conniff

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* 6. November 1916 in Attleboro, Massachusetts

12. Oktober 2002 in Escondido, Kalifornien

was an American composer, arranger, orchestra leader and trombonist. In 1969 Ray Conniff made a tour of several weeks through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He regularly toured South America in the 1980s and 1990s, where he still has many fans today. He died in Escondido in 2002 after a fall caused by a stroke.

Peggy Lee

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* 26. Mai 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota

21. Januar 2002 in Bel Air, Los Angeles

was an American pop music and jazz singer, songwriter, and actress.

James Coburn

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* 31. August 1928 in Laurel, Nebraska

18. November 2002 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American film actor. Coburn made his film debut in the 1959 western On Your Own, opposite Randolph Scott and Pernell Roberts. He was first known primarily for western roles. The highlight of his career was the 1999 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as a violent and domineering father in "The Hunted". At the age of forty, Coburn was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which led to his temporary retirement from film in the 1980s. He acted in over 100 films. Coburn was also a Jeet Kune Do student of Bruce Lee. Coburn died in 2002 after suffering a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home.

Audree Wilson

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* 28. September 1917 in Minnesota, USA

† 1. Dezember 1997 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

Sie war eine US-amerikanischer Musikerin (Klavier und Orgel). Sie starb am 1. Dezember 1997 an Herz- und Nierenversagen.

Janet Leigh

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* 6. Juli 1927 in Merced, Kalifornien

3. Oktober 2004 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American actress. At the peak of her career, she played what is probably her most famous role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller "Psycho". The huge success of "Psycho" was followed by roles in films such as "The Ambassador of Fear", in which she starred alongside Frank Sinatra played, and the film musical "Bye Bye Birdie". From the late 1960s, Leigh played mainly in television films or series. In 1975 she starred alongside Peter Falk in the episode "Forgotten Lady" of the series "Columbo". She also had guest appearances in other series such as "The People from the Shiloh Ranch" or "Murder is Her Hobby". Her film appearances in later years included John Carpenter's "The Fog" alongside her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis. In May 2004, Leigh received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Pacific. She died six months later at the age of 77 surrounded by her family from cardiac arrest.

Jack Klugman

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* 27. April 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

24. Dezember 2012 in Northridge, Kalifornien

was an American film and television actor. He is best known for the title role of Dr. R. Quincy in the TV series "Quincy". While an aspiring actor in New York City in the late 1940s, Klugman temporarily shared an apartment with colleague Charles Bronson. Klugman is best known for his role as sportswriter Oscar Madison on the US television series "Men's Business". He then took on the role of coroner Dr. R. Quincy in the television series of the same name, "Quincy", which ran from 1976 to 1983 and was an equally huge success for him. In 1984, Klugman was diagnosed with throat cancer. In 1989 he underwent surgery on his vocal cords, during which part of his larynx had to be removed. After that, Klugman was forced to relearn how to speak. Jack Klugman passed away on December 24, 2012 at the age of 90. The ceremony and farewell took place at Mount Sinai Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles. The urn itself is said to be owned by the family.

David Nelson

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24. October 1936

11. January 2011

was an American actor and producer. Nelson received a star on May 9, 1996, on the Hollywood Wake of Fame (1501 Vine Street). David Nelson died on January 11, 2011 in Century City, California due to complications from colon cancer. Nelson was cremated and chose not to be buried in the Nelson family vault at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California. Instead, he wanted to be buried in an alcove of Westwood Memorial Park in the Garden of Serenity Columbarium.

Brian Keith

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* 14. November 1921 in Bayonne, New Jersey

24. Juni 1997 in Malibu, Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American theatre, film and television actor. He became known worldwide from the early 1960s in a series of Walt Disney films - he soon became one of the most important stars of the studio, later especially in the role of Uncle Bill in the series "Dear Uncle Bill", 1966-1971 and as a retired judge on the series Hardcastle & McCormick. Brian Keith, who was a long time heavy smoker, suffered from emphysema and lung cancer, after which he underwent chemotherapy. As a result of his serious illness and depression triggered by the suicide of his 27-year-old daughter Daisy in April 1997, Keith committed suicide in June of that year by shooting himself with a rifle. Brian Keith was buried next to his daughter in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

Les Brown

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* 14. März 1912 in Reinerton, Pennsylvania

24. Januar 2001 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American arranger, saxophonist and swing big band leader.

Patty Andrews

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* 16. Februar 1918 in Mound, Minnesota

30. Januar 2013 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

She was one of 3 sisters of the "Andrews Sisters" an American girl group in the jazz, swing and pop area. The group was active from 1932 to 1966 and had hits like Bei "Mir Bist Du Schön", "Rum and Coca-Cola" or "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy".

Fanny Brice

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* 29. Oktober 1891 in New York City

29. Mai 1951 in Hollywood

was an American comedian, entertainer, singer, theater and film actress. Her most famous films were "My Man" (1928), "Be Yourself!" (1930) and Everybody Sing (1938). She played herself in The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and Ziegfeld Follies (1946). Her contribution to the film industry was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Barbra Streisand portrayed Fanny Brice on the stage in Funny Girl (musical, 1964) and in the films Funny Girl (1968) and Funny Lady (1975). Before the musical "Funny Girl" and the films "Funny Girl" and "Funny Lady", all of which were loosely based on the life of Fanny Brice, there was a film called "Rose of Washington Square" which was heavily based on her life back in 1939 was oriented. Although the names of those involved had been changed, this was unmistakably plagiarism. Brice sued the production company 20th Century Fox for violating their privacy rights and won. Producer Darryl F. Zanuck had to remove several scenes from the film. On May 29, 1951, Fanny Brice died in Hollywood at the age of 59 from a stroke.

Carrie Hamilton

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* December 5, 1963 in New York City

† January 20, 2002 in Los Angeles

was an American actress and singer. She was the daughter of comedian Carol Burnett and producer Joe Hamilton. Her guest appearances include Murder, She Wrote as Geraldine Stone in 1990, Beverly Hills 90210, Walker Texas Ranger as Mary Beth, The X-Files as Pam. Hamilton died of breast cancer in Los Angeles on January 20, 2002 at the age of 38.

George C. Scott

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* 18. Oktober 1927 in Wise, Virginia

22. September 1999 in Westlake Village, Kalifornien

was an American film, television and stage actor, director and producer. His best-known role was as US General George S. Patton in the seven-Academy-winning film Patton, for which Scott would win the Best Actor Oscar. He was the first actor to decline the award, deeming it unworthy of having to compete with other actors. George C. Scott died on September 22, 1999 at the age of 71 from complications of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Walter Matthau

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* 1. Oktober 1920 in New York City, New York

1. Juli 2000 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien

was an American film actor, best known for his comedy roles alongside Jack Lemmon. Matthaus' special trademark was his unmistakable "crumple face". The big breakthrough came late for Matthau. For example with the film "A Strange Couple" as a grumpy but ultimately lovable slob. The film "The Lucky Mushroom", in which Matthau plays a sleazy lawyer with great comedic talent, brought him the Oscar for best supporting actor. Matthau would act as a comedy duo in ten films with Lemmon, including the film version of The Strange Couple. Matthau almost missed his big break when, as a result of excessive smoking and chronic gambling (he estimated his total gambling losses at $5 million), he suffered a massive heart attack in 1966 (he was pronounced dead for a few minutes in the hospital). Matthau gave up smoking and walked two to five miles every day. Nevertheless, he remained in poor health throughout his life. Matthau didn't like being labeled as a comedian, because he repeatedly took on serious roles in action-packed films, e.g. B. 1973 in "Mass Murder in San Francisco" and "Stop the Death Ride of Subway 123".

Walter Matthau died on the night of July 1, 2000 of a second heart attack in a Santa Monica hospital. He was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery; next to him was his longtime friend Jack Lemmon, who died almost exactly a year after Matthau.

Jack Lemmon

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* 8. Februar 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts

27. Juni 2001 in Los Angeles

was an American actor. Lemmon became known as a comedian in Billy Wilder's films "Some Like It Hot" and "The Apartment" and formed one of the most popular comedy duos with Walter Matthau for decades. He also won two Oscars as a character actor. Today, Lemmon is one of the most renowned and most awarded film actors ever. Jack Lemmon died on June 27, 2001 at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer. He was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery next to his longtime friend Walter Matthau, who had died almost a year to the day.

Carroll O´Connor

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* 2. August 1924 in New York City

21. Juni 2001 in Culver City

was an American actor. Until 1972 he mainly played guest roles in well-known television series such as "Bonanza", "On the Run" and "Solo for O.N.C.E.L.". During this time, O'Connor was also in film productions such as 'And the Night Shall Silence' (1961), 'Cleopatra' (1963), 'First Victory' (In Harm's Way) starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas (1965) , "Hawaii" (1966), "The Devil's Brigade" (1968), "Frank Patch - Your Hours Are Numbered" (1969) and "Stoßtrupp Gold" (1970). On June 21, 2001, Carroll O'Connor died of complications from a heart attack.

Billy Wilder

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* 22. Juni 1906 in Sucha, Galizien (damals Österreich-Ungarn

27. März 2002 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American screenwriter, film director and film producer of Austrian descent.

Wilder was a style-defining influence for film comedy and drama and, as a director and screenwriter, achieved comedy performances such as "Some Like It Hot", "One, Two, Three" and "The Girl Irma La Douce" as well as dramatic films such as "The Lost Weekend". , "woman without conscience", "sunset boulevard" or "witness for the prosecution" timeless meaning. His oeuvre includes more than sixty films made over fifty years. He has been nominated twenty-one times for an Oscar and has won six awards as a writer, producer and director. At the Oscars in 1961 alone, he received three awards as producer, screenwriter and director of the film "The Apartment". Billy Wilder died of pneumonia on March 27, 2002 in Los Angeles at the age of 95. He had been struggling with health problems for some time, but still gave frequent interviews. In 2008, the Billy-Wilder-Straße in Vienna Landstraße (3rd district) was named after him.

Peter Falk

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* 16. September 1927 in New York City

23. Juni 2011 in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien

was an American actor and film producer, best known for his starring role in the crime series Columbo. In early 1968, Peter Falk played for the first time the role with which he would be identified in the future, the inspector ("Lieutenant") Columbo in "Murder by Prescription" (1968). Thanks to the success of this television film, a pilot film for a series entitled "Columbo" was produced in the fall of 1970. In September 1971 "Columbo" started as a series. With the growing success of "Columbo", the actor demanded higher and higher fees. He was also known for his moodiness during filming. Both persuaded the broadcaster NBC to discontinue the series. During this time, Falk received two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for the role of Inspector Columbo. It became known in 2007 that Peter Falk was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. In June 2009, the question arose as to whether a guardian should be appointed for him. One of his doctors, Stephen Read, diagnosed severely accelerated dementia and suggested that the acceleration may have been triggered by the heavy use of narcotics in a series of dental procedures in late 2007. According to Read, Peter Falk couldn't even remember his character of "Columbo" at this point. In June 2009, a Los Angeles court appointed Falk's wife as legal guardian. Adopted daughter Catherine had also made such an application. On the night of June 23-24, 2011, Peter Falk passed away at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 83. The primary causes of death were given as cardiac arrest and pneumonia. In July 2013, two years after his death, Falk was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rodney Dangerfield

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* 22. November 1921 in Babylon, Long Island, New York

5. Oktober 2004 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American comedian and actor. He was known for his quick-wittedness and self-mockery. Dangerfield went into a coma after complications following heart surgery on August 25, 2004 and died on October 5, 2004 at UCLA Medical Center.

Merv Griffin

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* 6. Juli 1925 in San Mateo, Kalifornien

12. August 2007 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

war ein US-amerikanischer Entertainer. Dem US-amerikanischen Publikum wurde Griffin durch seine Merv Griffin Show sehr bekannt. In Europa wurde Griffin durch die Glücksrad-Sendung (Wheel of Fortune) sowie Jeopardy! bekannt, die er in der ursprünglichen Fassung für den Sender NBC kreiert hatte. Beide Formate entwickelten sich zu den erfolgreichsten Spielshows der Fernsehgeschichte. In den 1980er Jahren erwarb Griffin das Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Zudem kaufte er 1988 das Resorts Hotel and Casino, ehemals Chalfonte-Haddon Hall Hotel, in Atlantic City von Donald Trump. Griffins Bisexualität war in den Vereinigten Staaten ein offenes Geheimnis. 1991 sorgten zwei Gerichtsverfahren für Aufsehen: Ein Moderator verklagte Griffin wegen „sexueller Belästigung“, und ein Assistent wollte als ehemaliger unverheirateter Lebensgefährte Unterhaltszahlungen in Höhe von 200 Millionen Dollar erstreiten. Beide Gerichtsverfahren scheiterten.

Farrah Fawcett

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* 2. Februar 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas

25. Juni 2009 in Santa Monica, Kalifornien

was an American actress. She had her breakthrough with the television series "Charlie's Angels" (1976-1981). She left the show after the first season to pursue more challenging roles. In 1998, she was seriously injured by her new partner, filmmaker James Orr, when he proposed to her and she turned down the offer. On September 29, 2006, it was announced that she had been diagnosed with an anal tumor. In November 2006, she began chemotherapy, which initially seemed to be working. In May 2007 a recurrence was discovered. On June 25, 2009, the actress succumbed to cancer. Shortly before her death, Ryan O'Neal had proposed to her. They wanted to get married as soon as possible. The wedding never happened.

Karl Malden

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* 22. März 1912 in Chicago, Illinois

1. Juli 2009 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien

was an American actor. He played important supporting roles in many classic films and was awarded an Oscar for his performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951). In the 1970s he served as Lt. Mike Stone starring in the hit television series The Streets of San Francisco. Malden died on July 1, 2009 in Brentwood, a suburb of Los Angeles, at the age of 97.

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