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Chris Cornell

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags , , on August 31, 2018 by Cade

July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017

An enormous talent and an unmistakable voice, Chris Cornell not only soared from the early 1990’s grunge-rock movement, but helped define and shape it. Cornell’s first success was found with the Seattle-based grunge-pioneer band, Soundgarden, which he fronted from the mid-80s until the band dissolved in 1997. Soundgarden shot through the charts and their seminal 1994 release, Superunknown – the band’s 4th – remains one of the most successful and influential albums of that decade. Following Soundgarden, Cornell joined members of Rage Against the Machine to form the supergroup, Audioslave, which went on to release 3 albums and the gold-single “Like a Stone.” Continue reading

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Florence Henderson

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on August 27, 2018 by Cade

henderson1February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016

It can be hard to go your entire career being associated with one character or one performance. For Florence Henderson, being the spokesperson for Wesson cooking oil for 2 decades was a defining persona and the kind of role every struggling actor covets. A gifted stage actress and singer, Henderson made a splash early on with performances on Broadway and televised productions of musicals. She appeared in game shows and on talk shows and was instantly recognizable in any household thanks to her long tenure with Wesson.

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Leonard Nimoy

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on August 24, 2018 by Cade

March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015

In 1975, Leonard Nimoy wrote his first autobiography entitled I Am Not Spock.

Born in Boston in 1931, Nimoy caught the acting bug early and by the time he was 17 – and portrayed a Depression-era Jewish boy with similar family dynamics to his own – he knew it’s what he wanted to do. A talented singer and performer, he made his way through theatre and bit roles in movies and television for years, amassing quite the IMDB page chock-full of appearances in dozens of the most popular shows of the time. Then, in 1966, he was cast in Gene Roddenberry’s new sci-fi production, Star Trek, and the world was introduced to Mr. Spock. Continue reading

Mickey Rooney

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags on August 22, 2018 by Cade

September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014

Mickey Rooney was one of the most enduring figures of the classic age of Hollywood. He got his start as a child in vaudeville and quickly found success in film. By the age of 25, he was one of MGM’s biggest and most successful stars. He starred in 14 Andy Hardy movies and began working with another young star on the rise by the name of Judy Garland. Together, Mickey and Judy made 10 films together and both careers were catapulted. After serving in the Special Services during World War II, Mickey’s career waned…if you can call 60 more years of being loved by millions “waning.” As an adult, he remained short of stature, so he never made the transition to leading man roles. But, that didn’t stop the Mick. Continue reading