Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Roy Orbison's grave at Westwood Village Cemetery has been unmarked since his death in 1988. These photos and video, taken on 12/9/11, show his recently deceased wife Barbara's fresh unmarked grave. The question seems to be: Will there be a tombstone? Time will tell.
Barbara Orbison (January 10, 1950 -- December 6, 2011) was a German-born United States-based entrepreneur, music producer/publisher, and the widow of American musician Roy Orbison. Barbara Orbison was hospitalized from May 2011 until her death on December 6, 2011, aged 61, from pancreatic cancer, 23 years to the day after her husband's death. She was buried next to her husband at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 -- December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. On December 6, 1988, he spent the day flying model airplanes with his sons. After having dinner at his mother's home in Tennessee, Orbison died of a heart attack at 52.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Three Westwood Village Cemetery residents appear together in a scene from this episode of the VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1965) TV series:
RICHARD BASEHART, JOHN CASSAVETES, and WHIT BISSELL.
Season 2, Episode 9
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Patricia Campbell Hearst (born February 20, 1954), now known as Patricia Campbell Hearst Shaw, is an American newspaper heiress, socialite, actress, kidnap victim, and convicted bank robber. Her kidnapping case is considered to be an example of Stockholm Syndrome.
The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and great-granddaughter of millionaire George Hearst, she gained notoriety in 1974 when, following her kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), she ultimately joined her captors in furthering their cause. Apprehended after having taken part in a bank robbery with other SLA members, Hearst was imprisoned for almost two years before her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter. She was later granted a presidential pardon by President Bill Clinton in his last official act before leaving office.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
"The Ballad of Barbara Graham" - Val Norman
Barbara Graham (June 26, 1923 -- June 3, 1955) was an American criminal and convicted murderer. She was executed in the gas chamber on the same day as two convicted accomplices, Jack Santo and Emmett Perkins. Nicknamed "Bloody Babs" by the press, Graham was the third woman in California to die by gas.
Actress Susan Hayward won the Best Actress Academy Award for playing Graham in the movie I WANT TO LIVE! (1958), which strongly suggests Graham was innocent. However, much of the film is fictionalized—in particular, the presentation of the manner in which the police found and arrested Graham. Evidence clearly pointed to her guilt.
I WANT TO LIVE ! is a 1958 film noir produced by Walter Wanger and directed by Robert Wise which tells the heavily fictionalized story of a woman, Barbara Graham, convicted of murder and facing execution. It stars Susan Hayward as Graham, and also features Simon Oakland, Stafford Repp, and Theodore Bikel. The movie was adapted from letters written by Graham and newspaper articles written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ed Montgomery. The film earned Susan Hayward a Best Actress Oscar at the 31st Academy Awards. Hollywood writer Robert Osborne, who later became the host of Turner Classic Movies, interviewed Susan Hayward and asked whether or not she believed Barbara Graham had been innocent. According to Osborne, the actress seemed hesitant to answer at first, but ultimately admitted that her research on the evidence and letters in the case led her to believe that the woman she played in the movie was probably guilty.