Saturday, December 15, 2018
Eden Hartford (born Edna Marie Higgins; April 10, 1930 – December 15, 1983) was an American film actress from 1957–62. She was married to Groucho Marx from 1954 until their divorce in 1969, but had no children.
She was born to Edgar (1884–1975) and Beatrice Higgins (1894–?) in Utah as Edna Marie Higgins. Her elder sister is actress Dee Hartford. She was of the Mormon faith.
She died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California in 1983, aged 53, from endometrial cancer. Before her death she had been living in Palm Springs, California.
Eden Hartford's ashes are interred in a small niche at Westwood Village Memorial Park, with her former married name of 'Marx' on her epitaph.
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2. "Biographies: Latter-day Saint and/or Utah Film Personalities: H". www.ldsfilm.com.
3. Profile, stuffnobodycaresabout.com, September 11, 2013
4. Meeks, Eric G. (2012). The Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes. Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. p. 183. ISBN 978-1479328598.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
David Michael Barbour (May 28, 1912 – December 11, 1965) was an American jazz guitarist. He was married to singer Peggy Lee and was her co-writer, accompanist, and bandleader.
Barbour was born in Long Island, New York. When was twelve, he played banjo at Carnegie Hall. He started his career as a banjoist with Adrian Rollini in 1933 and then Wingy Manone in 1934. He switched to guitar in the middle of the decade and played with Red Norvo from 1935–1936.
He found much work as a studio musician and in ensembles with Teddy Wilson and Billie Holiday (1937), Artie Shaw (1939), Lennie Hayton, Charlie Barnet (1945), Raymond Scott, Glenn Miller, Lou Holden, and Woody Herman (1949). He also recorded with André Previn in 1945.
While a member of Benny Goodman's orchestra in 1942, Barbour fell in love with lead singer Peggy Lee. They got married and moved to Los Angeles, where Johnny Mercer asked them to write songs for an album. The song they wrote, "That Old Feeling," established Lee's winning style.
More hits followed, but Barbour's alcoholism strained their marriage. They divorced in 1951. Lee married three more times.
Barbour left music and acted in the movies Mr. Music and The Secret Fury in 1950. He performed sporadically, recording once with Benny Carter in 1962.
Barbour died in 1965 of a hemorrhaged ulcer in Malibu Beach, California, at the age of 53.
Dave Barbour is interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
1. Richmond, Peter (17 April 2007). Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee. Picador. pp. 180–. ISBN 978-0-312-42661-3.
2. Chadbourne, Eugene. "Dave Barbour". AllMusic.
3. Feather, Leonard (1960). The Encyclopedia of Jazz. Bonanza. pp. 110–111.
4. "Dave Barbour Dies; Guitarist Was 53". The New York Times. December 13, 1965.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Michele Carey (born Michele Lee Henson, February 26, 1943 – November 21, 2018) was an American actress who was best known for her role as Josephine "Joey" MacDonald in the 1966 film El Dorado. She appeared in movies in the 1960s and 1970s, and guest-starred in episodes of several television series.
Michele Carey died at the age of 75 on November 21, 2018, in Newport Beach, California, according to the Orange County Coroner's Office.
Monday, December 3, 2018
"Night Gallery" Screenwriter, Producer, Director, & Actor Jack Laird 1991 Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Jack Laird (May 8, 1923 – December 3, 1991) was an American screenwriter, producer, director, and actor.
He received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his works in Ben Casey, Night Gallery, and Kojak.
Laird entered the entertainment industry at a young age. One of his first appearances as a child actor was in an unbilled bit part in the 1934 film The Circus Clown. He continued to appear in unbilled bits into his late twenties, but eventually moved into writing and producing.
One of Laird's favorite actors was Leslie Nielsen with whom he made several made-for-TV movies, including 1964's See How They Run, the first feature in that genre, Code Name: Heraclitus, Dark Intruder, The Return of Charlie Chan and numerous TV episodes including two appearances in Night Gallery.
Laird was an admirer of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. He based at least two episodes of Night Gallery on Lovecraft's work - "Pickman's Model" (based directly on the Lovecraft story of the same title Pickman's Model) and "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture."
The dialogue of the 1965 horror movie Dark Intruder, produced by Laird, includes some references to alien beings invented by Lovecraft, tying the film to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. In an early scene where Brett Kingsford meets with the police commissioner, opines that "gods older than the human race...deities like Dagon and Azathoth still have worshippers."
He was also an avid film collector and jazz fan.
Jack Laird died of cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 68. His final resting place in Hollywood Forever Cemetery is in the "Garden of Legends" (formerly Section 8), Lot 266. His grave is next to the cenotaph of actress Jayne Mansfield.
A number of Jack Laird's projects were never produced or broadcast. At the time of his death, Laird was working on a television series based on stories by thriller writer Robert Ludlum In 1967, he created an unsold comedy pilot The Return of the Original Yellow Tornado about two elderly, retired superheroes Mickey Rooney is the original Yellow Tornado and Eddie Mayehoff is his retired sidekick who must once again don their leotards to do battle with a super-villain who has been set free and has vowed to destroy the world.The pilot was eventually expanded to a film-that was never released. In 1972, he worked as producer on one of the pilot episodes produced for Biography, an unsold TV series. Four pilots were completed and eventually appeared as TV movies, but Laird's episode about Houdini was never filmed.
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4. Skelton, Scott; Benson, Jim (1999). Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-2782-1.
5. "The Internet Movie Database". Jack Laird - Other Works.
Kenneth Ronald Berry (November 3, 1933 – December 1, 2018) was an American actor, dancer and singer. Berry starred on the television series F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. and Mama's Family.
Berry appeared in several films including Herbie Rides Again and The Cat From Outer Space.
He also appeared on Broadway in The Billy Barnes Revue and headlined as George M. Cohan in the musical George M!
Ken Berry died in Burbank, California on December 1, 2018 at the age of 85.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Wayne Ernest Maunder (December 19, 1937 – November 11, 2018) was a Canadian-born American actor who starred in three American television series between 1967 and 1974: "Custer," "Lancer," and "Chase."
Maunder appeared as attorney Mike Barrett in the 1971 20th Century Fox film The Seven Minutes, a drama about a banned book and a rape which created chaos in a town.
In August 2018, Luke Perry was cast to portray Maunder in the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Maunder resided in the Greater Los Angeles Area. In 1967, Maunder married the former Lucia Maisto. The couple's son, Dylan T. Maunder, was born the next year in 1968.
Maunder died on November 11, 2018, aged 80. He was noted as having a history of heart disease.