Thursday, April 30, 2015

"Newhart" Actor Tom Poston 2007 Hillside Cemetery


Thomas Gordon "Tom" Poston (October 17, 1921 – April 30, 2007) was an American television and film actor. He starred on television in a career that began in 1950. He appeared as a comic actor, game show panelist, comedy/variety show host, film actor, television actor, and Broadway performer. According to USA Today Life editor Dennis Moore, Poston appeared in more sitcoms than any other actor. In the 1980s, he played George Utley, opposite Bob Newhart's character on Newhart.





In 2001, Poston married for the fourth time, to actress Suzanne Pleshette, who played the wife of Newhart's character Bob Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show.



After a brief illness, Poston died of respiratory failure on April 30, 2007, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 85. Although Poston was not Jewish, he was interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery (a Jewish cemetery). His widow, Suzanne Pleshette, was Jewish.





Friday, April 17, 2015

Justice for Homicide Victims Event This Sunday at Rose Hills Cemetery



The 31st annual JUSTICE for HOMICIDE VICTIMS Memorial Foundation Event is this Sunday at Rose Hills Cemetery from 11am to 1pm.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Silent Screen Actress Theda Bara 1955 Forest Lawn Glendale Cemetery


Theda Bara (born Theodosia Burr Goodman, July 29, 1885 – April 7, 1955) was an American silent film and stage actress.



Bara was one of the most popular actresses of the silent era, and one of cinema's earliest sex symbols. Her femme fatale roles earned her the nickname The Vamp (short for vampire). Bara made more than 40 films between 1914 and 1926, but most are now lost because the 1937 Fox vault fire destroyed most of her films. After her marriage to Charles Brabin in 1921, she made two more feature films and retired from acting in 1926 having never appeared in a sound film.






She died of stomach cancer on April 7, 1955 at the age of 69. She is interred in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Glendale Cemetery.









Monday, April 6, 2015

Entertainer Mickey Rooney 2014 Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, Rooney's career spanned nearly nine decades and continued until shortly before his death. He appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era, with one of the longest careers in the medium's history.



Mickey Rooney died in his sleep at his stepson Mark Rooney's home in Los Angeles, California on April 6, 2014 at the age of 93. He had gone for a nap after lunch, and family members called 911 when they sought to wake him and his breathing seemed labored. He was declared dead at 4 p.m. Rooney was survived by his wife of 37 years, Jan Chamberlain, from whom he was separated, as well as eight surviving children, two stepchildren, nineteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.








Friday, April 3, 2015

Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral Has A Cemetery



The Crystal Cathedral is a church building in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, in the United States. The reflective glass building, designed by American architect Philip Johnson, was completed in 1981 and seats 2,736 people. The largest glass building in the world, it has one of the largest musical instruments in the world, the Hazel Wright Memorial organ.

Until 2013, the building had been the principal place of worship for Crystal Cathedral Ministries, a congregation of the Reformed Church in America founded in 1955 by Robert H. Schuller. Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 and in February 2012 sold the building and its adjacent campus to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for use as the diocese's new cathedral. The building, especially the interior sanctuary, is currently being renovated to accommodate the Roman Catholic liturgy and is due to re-open in 2016, at which time it is expected to be consecrated and formally renamed Christ Cathedral and become the seat of the Diocese of Orange.






In early 2012, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange acquired The Crystal Cathedral, a 34-acre campus designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. As part of the acquisition agreement, the Diocese also acquired ownership of the Memorial Gardens cemetery, now Cathedral Memorial Gardens. Built in 1991, Cathedral Memorial Gardens is the fourth and newest addition to the Orange Diocese Catholic Cemeteries and is pleased to continue to welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.

-- Cathedral Memorial Gardens Website




Thursday, April 2, 2015

Actress Jennifer Syme 2001 Westwood Village Cemetery


Jennifer Maria Syme (December 7, 1972 – April 2, 2001) was an American actress and production assistant. She was best known for her relationship with actor Keanu Reeves.


Early life and career

Syme was born in Pico Rivera, California, where she lived for the first eighteen years of her life. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, she landed a job working for director David Lynch. Syme had a few minor film roles including a part in Lynch's Lost Highway. She later joined the staff of a music label. She was also a personal assistant to Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and, later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.




Death

On April 1, 2001, Syme attended a party at musician Marilyn Manson's home. After being driven home by another party guest shortly before dawn, she left her home, reportedly to return to the party. On the morning of April 2, 2001, Syme drove her 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee into a row of parked cars on Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles. She was ejected from the vehicle and died instantly. Syme was 28 years old.[1]



Syme is buried next to her daughter, Ava Archer Reeves (born stillborn in December 1999 from father Keanu Reeves), in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.


Aftermath

In tribute to Syme’s memory, David Lynch dedicated the 2001 film Mulholland Drive to her.[2] Marilyn Manson wrote a song about her: “Just a Car Crash Away” in his Eat Me, Drink Me album in 2007.

In April 2002, Syme’s mother, Maria St. John, sued Marilyn Manson for wrongful death for giving Syme “various quantities of an illegal controlled substance”[3] and for "instructing [Syme] to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition."[4] Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Manson issued a statement denying responsibility for Syme's death, stating that the lawsuit was "completely without merit."[4]

An investigation into the accident concluded that Syme, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was inebriated at the time of the accident. Reports also stated that police found two rolled up dollar bills that contained a white, powdery substance and two bottles of prescription drugs, a muscle relaxant and an anticonvulsant.[5] Syme's mother told police her daughter was seeking treatment for back pain and depression just a few days prior to her death.[5]

Filmography

Actress

Lost Highway (1997)
Ellie Parker (2005)

Production assistant

Hotel Room (1 episode, 1993)
Lost Highway (1997)

References

1. "Film Notes: Keanu Reeves' Girlfriend Killed". abcnews.go.com. 2002-04-05.
2. "Marilyn Manson denies crash claim". bbc.co.uk. 2002-04-08.
3. TheSmokingGun.com: Archive - Jennifer Syme lawsuit
4. Vineyard, Jennifer (2002-04-09). "Manson May Fight Wrongful Death Suit With Countersuit". mtv.com.
5. Vineyard, Jennifer (2002-04-03). "Marilyn Manson Accused Of Contributing To Friend's Death". VH1.com.