Archive for Hillside Memorial Park

George Jessel

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , , on March 11, 2019 by Cade

April 3, 1898 – May 23, 1981

Known as the “Toastmaster General,” vaudevillian funnyman, George Jessel, took his stage act to Hollywood in the 1920s. Over the course of his 60 year career, he appeared in radio, film and television in addition to recording songs and producing dozens of movies. His affable wit made him a popular emcee and he hosted a number of banquets and roasts for organizations like the Friars Club and the U.S.O. In 1925, he starred in the Broadway stage version of The Jazz Singer and caught the eye of Warner Bros. execs who decided to produce it as the first ever “talking” film. Jessel apparently demanded too much money to be in the movie and the role eventually and famously went to Al Jolson. Continue reading

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

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

Allan Sherman

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on December 17, 2018 by Cade

November 30, 1924 – November 20, 1973

As a child, I only recall my grandmother ever laughing one time: while listening to a cassette copy of Allan Sherman’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” at her kitchen table. The peak of comedian/parodist, Allan Sherman’s career may have been short-lived, but he had one. When all was said and done, Sherman recorded 8 albums, created game shows, performed with the Boston Pops and was the original voice for Dr. SeussCat in the Hat. His 1964 surprise novelty hit, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” made him a household name for a summer. Then, the world turn its eyes to some bands from Britain and moved on. But, Allan continued to work. Continue reading

Jan Murray

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on December 3, 2018 by Cade

October 4, 1916 – July 2, 2006

Stand-up comedian-turned-actor, Jan Murray, got his start on vaudeville stages and broke out playing the “Borscht Belt” resorts in upstate New York. He went on to headline in Las Vegas and eventually found his way to California and onto television where he guest hosted or hosted, respectively, a number of variety and game shows. He worked with legends like Milton Berle, Joey Bishop and Steve Allen. He loved golf. And he made appearances on dozens of TV shows over the span of more than 30 years. He retired from performing in 2000 – citing struggles with asthma – and died six years later in Beverly Hills. Continue reading

Jerry Leiber

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags on November 19, 2018 by Cade

April 25, 1933 – August 22, 2011

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller – his songwriting partner of more than 50 years – wrote…

“Hound Dog”
“Kansas City”
“Jailhouse Rock”
“Poison Ivy”
“There Goes My Baby”
“On Broadway”
“Yakety Yak”
“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”
“Charlie Brown”
“Love Potion No. 9”
“I’m A Woman”
“Spanish Harlem”
“I Keep Forgettin'”
“Stand By Me”

…among many, many, many others. Their songs were made popular by the likes of The Coasters, Elvis, Donna Summer, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Peggy Lee and Warren G and Nate Dogg. Leiber and Stoller were American pop music legends.

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Sherwood Schwartz

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , , on November 2, 2018 by Cade

November 14, 1916 – July 12, 2011

“I was faced with a major decision—writing comedy or starving to death while I cured those diseases.” -Sherwood Schwartz

Sherwood Schwartz tried to pay his way through college by writing jokes for Bob Hope. Hope derailed the education of a promising young doctor by offering him a full-time job on the writing staff and all we, the general TV-watching public, got out of it were two of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. Schwartz moved on from the Bob Hope radio show to write for Ozzie and Harriet and Red Skelton before finding his ultimate success in television: creating and producing, first, Gilligan’s Island and then The Brady Bunch. Both shows went on to entertain millions and – thanks to Schwartz’s syndication deals – generations that followed. He even co-wrote the iconic theme songs for both shows just for good measure. Continue reading

Robert B. Sherman

Posted in Hillside Memorial Park with tags , on October 15, 2018 by Cade

December 19, 1925 – March 6, 2012

Even if you don’t know the name Robert Sherman, you CERTAINLY know his and his brother’s contribution to American popular culture. Any devoted Disney fan could rattle off a laundry list of songs that Robert and Richard Sherman wrote:
“Chim Chim Cher-ee”
“I Wan’na Be like You”
“The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers”
“The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room”
“It’s a Small World (After All)”
…and that’s just a sample. Continue reading