David Janssen

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on February 12, 2019 by Cade

March 27, 1931 – February 13, 1980

Beloved television and film actor, David Janssen, starred in a number of television shows in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, but is most widely recognized as Dr. Richard Kimble in the original TV series, The Fugitive. In movies, he appeared alongside stars like Audie Murphy and John Wayne. In 1977, he played an alcoholic opposite Angie Dickinson in the made-for-TV movie A Sensitive, Passionate Man. Hey, speaking of alcohol…after years of heavy drinking and smoking, Janssen suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep and died. He was 48 years old. Continue reading

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Doris Roberts

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on February 8, 2019 by Cade

November 4, 1925 – April 17, 2016

Doris May Green was a stage, film and television actress whose biggest fame came from playing Marie Barone on the long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Over the course of her career, Roberts (having adopted her stepfather’s surname) earned 5 Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild award to go along with numerous other nominations. Prior to Raymond, she appeared in recurring roles on Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere and guest starred on dozens of other shows. She also appeared in more than 30 films including 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. She was a tireless advocate for animal rights and childhood AIDS causes. At the age of 90, Doris died in her sleep following a stroke. Continue reading

Mark Goodson

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on February 7, 2019 by Cade

January 14, 1915 – December 18, 1992

Television producer, Mark Goodson – along with his longtime partner, Bill Todman – produced ALL the game shows.

Well, maybe not all of them, but…let’s just say…most. Anyone familiar with American television game shows has heard of his biggest hits: The Price is Right, Password, Match Game, Family Feud, What’s My Line?, etc. etc. From their first show, 1948’s Winner Take All to long running shows that are still on today, Goodson’s Emmy-winning imprint on daytime television has been unrivaled for 60 years and counting. Goodson died at the age of 77 of pancreatic cancer. Continue reading

Monty Hall

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on February 1, 2019 by Cade

August 25, 1921 – September 30, 2017

Monty Hall is one of three game show hosts to have both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame. Born Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Hall got his start in radio and eventually made his way to Toronto, New York and then to Los Angeles. He presented and hosted game shows in both radio and television, ultimately co-creating and hosting the landmark TV game show Let’s Make a Deal which ran for 13 years (and another 13+ in syndication.) Hall created other game shows throughout his career and was involved in the 2009 reboot of Deal hosted by Wayne Brady and he worked tirelessly for philanthropic causes and charities for decades. At the age of 96, Monty died of heart failure in his home just a few months after losing his wife of nearly 70 years.

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Eydie Gormé

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on January 29, 2019 by Cade

August 16, 1928 – August 10, 2013

Edith Gormezano, known by her professional name, Eydie Gormé, was a successful and award-winning pop and Latin singer whose nearly 60-year career scored hits all around the world. For much of her career, she performed with fellow singer and husband, Steve Lawrence, whom she met while working on Steve Allen’s Tonight Show in the 1950s. Steve and Eydie recorded dozens of albums together, but also worked heavily as solo artists. Eydie’s biggest hit was 1963’s “Blame It on the Bossa Nova” which reached No. 7 on the U.S. pop charts. Having grown up in a multilingual home, she recorded five albums in Spanish with the internationally renowned bolero trio, Los Panchos. Continue reading

David White

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags , on January 22, 2019 by Cade

April 4, 1916 – November 27, 1990

David White appeared in dozens of television programs throughout the 1950’s (Peter Gunn, Father Knows Best), 1960’s (The Fugitive, The Twilight Zone), 1970’s (The Love Boat, The Rockford Files)  and the 1980’s (Cagney & Lacey, Remington Steele).  He appeared in classic films like The Apartment and Brewster’s Millions. But, smack in the middle of his career, he played the role for which he is most widely recognized: Larry Tate – the boss of Darrin Stephens – on all 8 seasons of the sitcom Bewitched.  He worked steadily on the large and small screens and on stage for nearly 40 years. Continue reading

John Huston

Posted in Hollywood Forever Cemetery with tags , on January 17, 2019 by Cade

August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987

John Marcellus Huston was an amateur boxer, painter, horseback rider, actor, writer, master of hounds and ballet dancer. He also dabbled in directing films.

One of the true “artists” in Hollywood history, Huston’s work as a director is a laundry list of some of the greatest cinematic treasures of all time: The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Asphalt Jungle, The Misfits, Prizzi’s Honor and The Red Badge of Courage…just to name a few. Known as a sort of rebel in the industry, Huston relied heavily on his training and passion for painting to shape and meticulously compose gorgeous shots and stitch them together, with minimal editing, to create stunning masterpieces. He was nominated for 15 Oscars, winning twice – both for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (writing and directing). Continue reading