Thursday, November 27, 2014

"Bewitched" Actor David White 1990 Hollywood Forever Cemetery


David White (April 4, 1916 – November 27, 1990) was an American stage, film and television actor best known for playing Darrin's boss Larry Tate in the 1964-72 sitcom Bewitched.

BEWITCHED

Early life

Born in Denver, Colorado, and later moving to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, he served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He began his acting career in live theatre, making his Broadway debut in 1949 in the original play Leaf and Bough.[1]

COLUMBO

Family

He married actress Mary Welch, and their son Jonathan White was born on July 14, 1955. He died on December 21, 1988, aged 33, as one of 270 people to lose their lives in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

In 1958, Mary Welch White died during a second childbirth, though their daughter lived.

David White and Dick York became close friends, on and off the set of Bewitched and remained so up until White's death.

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

Career

White appeared on numerous TV shows in the 1960s, such as The Fugitive, Mission: Impossible, Bonanza, Perry Mason, Have Gun - Will Travel and Dick Tracy.[2] He appeared in two episodes of the original The Twilight Zone: "I Sing the Body Electric" and "A World of Difference." Though primarily known for television roles, White did have some minor roles in notable films in the 1950s and early 1960s, such as one of the philandering executives in The Apartment, Sweet Smell of Success, and a featured role in Sunrise at Campobello.[2]

In 1964, White was cast as the sycophantic advertising executive Larry Tate on Bewitched, which he played for the show's entire run (1964–1972). The character was the President of the McMann and Tate advertising agency, for which the character of Darrin Stephens worked. Many of the show's episodes revolved around Larry's attempts to win an advertising account. This is the role for which he would become best-known both during his life and posthumously. Larry Tate's baby boy Jonathan was named after White's son.

Following the end of Bewitched, White was a popular character actor on numerous television series for the next decade, ranging from The Love Boat, The Rockford Files and Rhoda, to Quincy, M.E., Cagney and Lacey and Dallas.[2] He played the role of J. Jonah Jameson in the pilot episode of the TV series The Amazing Spider-Man. His final role came in 1986, on an episode of Dynasty.[2] He also appeared in the movie The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington, Disney's Snowball Express, and had a prominent role in the Richard Pryor film Brewster's Millions.[2]


Death

White died of a heart attack on November 27, 1990, at the age of 74. He was interred with his son Jonathan, who had been killed almost two years earlier, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


References

1.^ David White at the Internet Broadway Database
2.^ David White at the Internet Movie Database



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Actor Albert "Bud" Duncan 1960 Woodlawn Cemetery


Albert "Bud" Duncan (October 31, 1883 – November 25, 1960) was an American actor of the silent era. He appeared in 167 films between 1912 and 1942. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and died in Los Angeles, California. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.



Hollywood Ten Blacklisted 1947


The Hollywood blacklist—as the broader entertainment industry blacklist is generally known—was the mid-twentieth-century list of screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals who were denied employment in the field because of their political beliefs or associations, real or suspected. Artists were barred from work on the basis of their alleged membership in or sympathy toward the American Communist Party, involvement in liberal or humanitarian political causes that enforcers of the blacklist associated with communism, and/or refusal to assist investigations into Communist Party activities; some were blacklisted merely because their names came up at the wrong place and time. Even during the period of its strictest enforcement, the late 1940s through the late 1950s, the blacklist was rarely made explicit and verifiable, but it caused direct damage to the careers of scores of American artists, often made betrayal of friendship (not to mention principle) the price for a livelihood, and promoted ideological censorship across the entire industry

The first systematic Hollywood blacklist was instituted on November 25, 1947, the day after ten writers and directors were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to give testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities. A group of studio executives, acting under the aegis of the Motion Picture Association of America, announced the firing of the artists—the so-called Hollywood Ten—in what has become known as the Waldorf Statement. On June 22, 1950, a pamphlet called Red Channels appeared, focusing on the field of broadcasting. It named 151 entertainment industry professionals in the context of "Red Fascists and their sympathizers"; soon most of those named, along with a host of other artists, were barred from employment in much of the entertainment field. The blacklist was effectively broken in 1960 when Dalton Trumbo, an unrepentant member of the Hollywood Ten, was publicly acknowledged as the screenwriter of the films Spartacus and Exodus. A number of those blacklisted, however, were still barred from work in their professions for years afterward.

The Hollywood Ten

Alvah Bessie, screenwriter
Herbert Biberman, screenwriter and director
Lester Cole, screenwriter
Edward Dmytryk, director
Ring Lardner Jr., screenwriter
John Howard Lawson, screenwriter
Albert Maltz, screenwriter
Samuel Ornitz, screenwriter
Adrian Scott, producer and screenwriter
Dalton Trumbo, screenwriter



Monday, November 24, 2014

Actor George Raft 1980 Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery


George Raft (September 26, 1901 – November 24, 1980) was an American film actor identified with portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s. Today George Raft is mostly known for his role in Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy Some Like it Hot and also Scarface (1932), Bolero (1934), and They Drive by Night (1940).

Raft married Grayce Mulrooney, several years his senior, in 1923, long before his stardom. The pair separated soon thereafter, but Grayce, a devout Catholic, refused to grant Raft a divorce, and he remained married to and supported her until her death in 1970. A romantic figure in Hollywood, Raft had love affairs with Betty Grable, Marlene Dietrich, and Mae West. He stated publicly that he wanted to marry Norma Shearer, with whom he had a long romance, but his wife's refusal to allow a divorce eventually caused Shearer to end the affair.

In 1965, Raft was indicted for, and pled guilty to, income tax evasion and could have ended his life behind bars, but the court proved merciful when he wept before the judge, begging that he not be sent to prison, and he was sentenced to probation.

Raft died from leukemia at age 79 in Los Angeles, California, on November 24, 1980. He was interred in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Silent Film Actress Constance Talmadge 1973 Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Constance Talmadge (April 19, 1898 - November 23, 1973) was a silent movie star born in Brooklyn, New York, USA, and was the sister of fellow actresses Norma Talmadge and Natalie Talmadge.


Early life

Although her actual birth year has been in dispute, Talmadge was born on April 19, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York according to the 1900, 1910, and 1920 Censuses. Talmadge was born into a poor family. Her father, Fred, was an alcoholic, and left them when she was still very young. Her mother, Peg, made a living by doing laundry. When a friend recommended that Peg use Norma as a model for title slides in flickers, which were shown in early nickelodeons, Peg decided to try it. This led all three sisters into an acting career.[1]


Career

She began making films in 1914, in a Vitagraph comedy short, In Bridal Attire (1914). Her first major role was as The Mountain Girl and Marguerite de Valois in D.W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916).

Griffith re-edited Intolerance repeatedly after its initial release, and even shot new scenes long after it was in distribution. Grace Kingsley found Talmadge in her dressing room at the Fine Arts Studio, in Los Angeles, in the midst of making up for some new shots.

"Did you really drive those galloping brutes of horses?" asked Kingsley.

"Indeed I did," said Talmadge. "Two women sat behind me at the Auditorium the other night. They said, 'Of course she never really drove those horses herself. Somebody doubled for her.' Know what I did? I turned around and told them, 'I wish I could show you my knees, all black and blue even yet from being cracked up against the dashboard of that chariot!'"


So popular was Talmadge's portrayal of the tomboyish Mountain Girl, Griffith released in 1919 the Babylonian sequence from Intolerance as a new, separate film called The Fall of Babylon. He refilmed her death scene to allow for a happy ending.

Her friend Anita Loos, who wrote many screenplays for her, appreciated her "humour and her irresponsible way of life".[2] Over the course of her career, Talmadge appeared in more than 80 films, often in comedies like A Pair of Silk Stockings (1918), Happiness à la Mode (1919), Romance and Arabella (1919), Wedding Bells (1921) and The Primitive Lover (1922).

Talmadge, along with her sisters, was heavily billed during her early career. According to her 1923 Blue Book of the Screen biography, she was "5'5" tall, 120 lbs, with blonde hair and brown eyes, was an outdoor girl who loved activities."[3]


When Talmadge was asked by a writer for Green Book Magazine what sort of stories she wanted to do in 1920, she said: "Although no less than sixty manuscripts are submitted to me every week, it is exceedingly difficult to get exactly the kind of comedy I especially want. I want comedies of manners, comedies that are funny because they delight one’s sense of what is ridiculously human in the way of little everyday commonplace foibles and frailties – subtle comedies, not comedies of the slap stick variety."

"I enjoy making people laugh. Secondly, because this type of work comes easiest and most naturally to me, I am not a highly emotional type. My sister could cry real tears over two sofa cushions stuffed into a long dress and white lace cap, to look like a dead baby, and she would do it so convincingly that 900 persons out front would weep with her. That is real art, but my kind of talent would lead me to bounce that padded baby up and down on my knee with absurd grimaces that would make the same 900 roar with laughter.


"You see, in my way, I take my work quite as seriously as my sister does hers – I would be just as in earnest about making the baby seem ridiculous as she would about making it seem real. I am not fitted to be a vamp type. There is nothing alluring, or exotic, or erotic, or neurotic about me. I could not pull the vamp stuff to save my life, but if I am assigned a vamp role in a comedy, and I had such a part in my fourth First National picture, In Search of a Sinner. I play it with all the seriousness and earnestness and sincerity with which a real vamp would play it, except that I, of course, over-emphasize all the characteristics of the vampire. I try to handle a comedy role much the same way that a cartoonist handles his pencils. If he is drawing the picture of the late Theodore Roosevelt, with a few strokes he emphasizes Teddy’s eye-glasses and teeth, leaving his ears and nostrils and the lines of his face barely suggestive. One must leave a great deal to the imagination on the screen, because in the span of one short hour we sometimes have to develop a character from girlhood to womanhood through three marriages and two divorces, and perhaps travel half way round the world besides; so, like the cartoonist, I try to emphasize the salient characteristics, which, of course, in my particular work, bring out the humorous side of the person I am portraying."

With the advent of talkies in 1929, Talmadge left Hollywood. Her sister Norma did make a handful of appearances in talking films, but for the most part the three sisters retired all together, investing in real estate and other business ventures. Only a few of her films survive today.[1]


Personal life

Like her sister Norma, Talmadge succumbed to substance abuse and alcoholism later in life. She also had many failed affairs and relationships.[4]

She was married four times, but her early relationships rarely lasted more than a total of three years.

Her first marriage, to John Pialoglou, occurred in 1920 at a double wedding with Dorothy Gish and James Rennie. She divorced Pialoglou two years later. no children. She married Alastair McIntosh in February 1926, divorcing in 1927. no children. She married Townsend Netcher in May 1929, divorcing in 1931. no children. She married Walter Michael Giblon in 1939. This marriage lasted until his death on May 1, 1964. no children.

Talmadge's mother fostered the belief she might one day return to films. “Success and fame cast a spell that can never been quite shaken off,” her mother pointed out in her autobiography. “A woman, because of her love, may say, and in the fervor of the moment believe, that she is ready to give up her chosen work. But there is sure to come a time when keen longing and strong regret for her lost career dominate over the more placid contentments of love and marriage. Then unhappiness and friction ensue.”


Along with her sister Norma, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks, Talmadge inaugurated the tradition of placing her footprints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theater. She left a trail of five footprints in her slab.

Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 6300 Hollywood Blvd.


Burial

Constance Talmadge is interred, along with Norma and Natalie in their own niche in the Abbey of the Psalms in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood.






Complete Filmography

Buddy's First Call (1914)(short)
The Maid from Sweden (1914)(short)
Our Fairy Play (1914)(short)
The Moonstone of Fez (1914)(short)
Uncle Bill (1914)(short)
Buddy's Downfall (1914)(short)
The Mysterious Lodger (1914)(short)
Father's Timepiece (1914)(short)
The Peacemaker (1914)(short)
The Evolution of Percival (1914)(short)
In Bridal Attire (1914)(short)
Fixing Their Dads (1914)(short)
The Egyptian Mummy (1914)(short)
Forcing Dad's Consent (1914)(short)
Georgia Pearce (1915)(*dubious entry into IMDb,not sure about existence of this title)
In the Latin Quarter (1915)(short)
Billy's Wager (1915)(short)
The Green Cat (1915)(short)
The Young Man Who 'Figgered' (1915)(short)
Burglarious Billy (1915)(short)
A Study in Tramps (1915)(short)
The Master of His House (1915)(short)
The Lady of Shalott (1915)(short)
The Boarding House Feud (1915)(short)
The Vanishing Vault (1915)(short)
Spades Are Trumps (1915)(short)
Bertie's Stratagem (1915)(short)
Insuring Cutey (1915)(short)
Captivating Mary Carstairs (1915)(short)
Billy the Bear Tamer (1915)(short)
A Keyboard Strategy (1915)(short)
Can You Beat It? (short)
Beached and Bleached (1915)(short)
The Little Puritan (1915)(short)
The She-Devil (1915)(short)
The Missing Links (1916)
Intolerance (1916)
The Microscope Mystery (1916)
The Matrimaniac (1916)
A Girl of the Timber Claims (1917)
Betsy's Burglar (1917)
Scandal (1917)
The Honeymoon (1917)
The Studio Girl (1918)
The Shuttle (1918)
Up the Road with Sallie (1918)
The Lesson (1918)
Good Night, Paul (1918)
A Pair of Silk Stockings (1918)
Sauce for the Goose (1918)
Mrs. Leffingwell's Boots (1918)
A Lady's Name (1918)
Who Cares? (1919)
Romance and Arabella (1919)
Experimental Marriage (1919)
The Veiled Adventure (1919)
Happiness a la Mode (1919)
A Temperamental Wife (1919)
A Virtuous Vamp (1919)
Two Weeks (1920)
In Search of a Sinner (1920)
The Love Expert (1920)
The Perfect Woman (1920)
Good References (1920)
Dangerous Business (1920)
Mama's Affair (1921)
Lessons in Love (1921)
Wedding Bells (1921)
Woman's Place (1921)
Polly of the Follies (1922)
The Primitive Lover (1922)
East is West (1922)
Dulcy (1923)
The Dangerous Maid (1923)
The Goldfish (1924)
Her Night of Romance (1924)
Seven Chances (1925)
Her Sister from Paris (1925)
The Duchess of Buffalo (1926)
Venus of Venice (1927)
Breakfast at Sunrise (1927)
Venus (1929)

Notes

1.^ http://www.goldensilents.com/stars/constancetalmadge.html
2.^ From Anita Loos's Biography on Il Cinema - Grande Storia Illustrata, Istituto Geografico De Agostini, Novara
3.^ http://silentgents.com/BTalmadgeC.html
4.^ http://www.silentera.com/people/actresses/Talmadge-Constance.html

References

The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era by David W. Menefee. Connecticut: Praeger, 2004. ISBN 0-275-98259-9.
The Griffith Actresses. By Anthony Slide. New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1973.
The Talmadge Sisters. By Margaret L. Talmadge. New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1924.
The Quality You Need Most. By Constance Talmadge in Green Book Magazine, April, 1914.
1900 United States Federal Census, Brooklyn Ward 8, Kings, New York; Roll T623_1047; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 109.
1910 United States Federal Census, Brooklyn Ward 29, Kings, New York; Roll T624_982; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 933; Image: 948.
1920 United States Federal Census, Manhattan Assembly District 15, New York, New York; Roll T625_1212; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 1061; Image: 877.
1905 New York State Census for Kings County, Brooklyn, New York. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795–1925, Ancestry.com.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Actress Mae West Dies at the Ravenswood Apartments 1980


Mae West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol.

Known for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in Vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedienne, actress and writer in the motion picture industry. One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems including censorship.


When her cinematic career ended, she continued to perform on stage, in Las Vegas, in the United Kingdom, on radio and television, and recorded rock and roll albums.


Mae West remained close to her family throughout her life and was devastated by her mother's death in 1930. In that year, she moved to Hollywood and into the penthouse at the historic Ravenswood apartment building (where she would live until her death in 1980).

Mae West Lived & Died Here - The Ravenswood - Hancock Park

In August 1980, West tripped while getting out of bed. After the fall, West was unable to speak and was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles where tests revealed that she had suffered a stroke. She remained in the hospital where, seven days later, she had a diabetic reaction to the formula in her feeding tube. On September 18, she suffered a second stroke which left her right side paralyzed and developed pneumonia. By November, West's condition had improved, but the prognosis was not good and she was sent home.

She died there on November 22, 1980, at age 87.

A private service was held in the Old North Church replica, in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, on November 25, 1980. Bishop Andre Penachio, who was also a friend, officiated at the entombment in the family room at Cypress Hills Abbey, Brooklyn, purchased in 1930 when her mother died. Her father and brother were also entombed there before her, and her younger sister was laid to rest in the last of the five crypts within 18 months after West's death.

For her contribution to the film industry, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street in Hollywood.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"Death Valley Days" Director Edward Ludlum 2000 Valhalla Cemetery


Edward Ludlum (November 8, 1920, New York City, New York - November 21, 2000, Los Angeles, California} was a stage and television director.

IMDb Filmography

Director

1961 Whispering Smith (TV series)
– Poet and Peasant Case (1961)
– Trademark (1961)

1959 Mike Hammer (TV series)
– Swing Low, Sweet Harriet (1959)
– Park the Body (1959)
– Jury of One

1959 Gunsmoke (TV series)
– Doc Quits (1959)
1952 Death Valley Days (TV series)

Producer
1964 Sinderella and the Golden Bra (associate producer)



IMDb Mini Biography

Primarily a prestigious stage director, he is often credited as one of the founders of "Los Angeles Theater" and of also having influenced the careers of such notables as Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bernie Kopel, Audie Murphy and Wanda Hendrix among others. (IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous)


IMDb Trivia

At one point in their lives, first cousins Edward Ludlum and author Robert Ludlum were mirror images of each other.

Discovered and brought Canadian actors Lorne Greene and Ted Knight to the attention of Hollywood TV producers.

Cousin of Robert Ludlum and Tom Carroll

Cousin of both popular author Robert Ludlum and actor Tom Carroll.


Burial

Edward Ludlum is interred at Valhalla Cemetery in North Hollywood.