Peggy Lee


May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002

Peggy Lee (born Norma Deloris Egstrom) was a popular vocalist, actress and songwriter known for her hit recordings “Fever” and “Why Don’t You Do Right” (made famous by Jessica Rabbit) among others.  She was also a prolific lyricist and songwriter having written dozens of songs for many top composers and musicians.  Lee spent several years as the singer in Benny Goodman‘s orchestra.  She also wrote songs for – and voiced four characters in – the Disney classic animated film Lady and the Tramp and is said to be the inspiration for the Muppet, Miss Piggy. Throughout her long career, she earned 3 Grammys and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Pete Kelly’s Blues.  The Academy, however, apparently didn’t care too much for her. Lee was also an early adopter of the Rock and Roll movement and often worked with younger artists to aid with their careers.  Despite health issues, Peggy continued to perform even in later life. She died from complications of diabetes at the age of  81.  She is one of at least 3 people in this blog to be buried in a bench.


Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

In the Garden of Serenity section at the south end of the park there are two fountains, as you enter the garden, the fountain on your left (to the east) has a marble bench on the other side of it, Peggy’s ashes are interred in this bench.



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