Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ziegfeld Dancer Marion Elizabeth Benda 1951 Woodlawn Cemetery

Marion Elizabeth Wilson Benda (October 14, 1904 - November 30, 1951) was a Ziegfeld dancer and the last lover of Rudolph Valentino. Born in New York, Marion appeared in several Ziegfeld productions during the 1920's including the Ziegfeld Revue No Foolin' (1926), Rio Rita (1927), and Rosalie (1928). 

Marion was with Rudolph Valentino at a party given by Barclay Warburon, Jr. when the actor became ill on August 14, 1926. After Valentino died, Marion was though to be the "Lady in Black." She suggested she and Rudolph had been secretly married, but the Valentino family contested this.

There has long been a confusion over the identities of the two public figures named Marion Benda:
"When Zeppo Marx's first wife Marion Bimberg and Rudolph Valentino's last lover Marion Wilson both chose the stage name Marion Benda in the early 1920s, it generated confusion that has continued to this day. Both were performers on the Broadway stage concurrently, Zeppo's girl as an actress and Valentino's as a Ziegfeld Follies dancer billed as the most beautiful redhead in the world. After the Follies showgirl caught Valentino's eye and was with him on the night he fell fatally ill, she shot to fame and eventually became known as a Valentino Lady in Black. Meanwhile, Zeppo's Marion became Barbara Stanwyck's best friend and they founded a horse ranch in the San Fernando Valley. In addition to exploring all four marriages of the two Marion Bendas, this dual biography touches on Zeppo's strange role with the Marx Brothers and the intriguing Lady in Black phenomenon."   
-- Mallory Curley, Zeppo's Marion Benda and Valentino's Marion Benda: A Legacy of Confusion (Randy Press, 2016), p. 23.

Marion married Dr. Blake H. Watson with whom she had a child named Blake Arthur Watson (1944-1947). Impoverished and suicidal, Marin Benda died of an overdose of barbiturates on November 30, 1951. 

Her cousin Perry Combs found her body in her Hollywood apartment at 1825 North Wilcox Avenue. She is buried in Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Wrestler Baron Michele Leone 1988 Woodlawn Cemetery

Michele Leone (June 8, 1909 - November 26, 1988), known by his ring name Baron Michele Leone was an Italian professional wrestler. He was one of the biggest stars and most prominent heels of the early television era of wrestling[3][5] and, in May, 1952, was apart of professional wrestling's first $100,000 gate, when he faced Lou Thesz in a title vs. title bout.[5][3][1]

Early life

Leone was born to parents Giovanni and Anna Leone[5] in Pettorano sul Gizio, in the Abruzzo region of Italy; the same home region as fellow professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.[6][2]

Though his parents disapproved, Michele began wrestling at a young age. According to Leone he was champion of his area by age 14.[3] Any money he earned in his initial wrestling endeavors were reinvested into wrestling lessons. Little is known of his early wrestling career. He reportedly became moderately well known on the European circuit and once visited South America to wrestle.[3]

Professional wrestling career

New York, East Coast and D.C. territories

After completed his training and gaining ring experience in Europe, Leone migrated to the United States, arriving in New York City in early 1938.[3] On May 2, 1938 he defeated Mike Kilonis at New York’s Hippodrome. On June 28, 1938 he wrestled his first known main event in the U.S. against Dr. John "Dropkick" Murphy.[3]

In June, 1940, Leone began wrestling in Joe Turner’s Washington DC territory.[3] It was whilst wrestling here that the United States entered World War II. The U.S. was now at war with Leone's native Italy, which made him an instant heel. As an Italian citizen, Leone was exempt from being drafted into the military and as more and more wrestlers were drafted, it opened up new spots on cards for Leone as a top heel. He would become a headliner in DC, notably feuding in headline bouts against “Gentleman” Lou Plummer. Attendance rose steadily with Leone in the main event.[3] Memorably, he headlined one such event against Hans Kampfer, a German, where he worked as the heel. It is said that this match illustrated his abilities as a 'bad guy', having gotten boos from the fans in a match against a German during World War II.[3][1] Leone left the D.C. territory at the end of the war in 1945 and began wrestling throughout the East Coast. He briefly returned to Europe in 1947 before returning to the U.S. East Coast in 1948.[3]

On January 19, 1949, Leone made his return to the D.C. territory, wrestling in a losing effort against Gorgeous George in the main event. The show also featured a young Stu Hart on the card.[3]

California territory

Michele made his debut in Johnny Doyle's Los Angeles/Southern California territory in October 1949, where he took up the mantle of "Baron" Michele Leone, an Italian aristocrat. It is here that he would find his greatest success.

With an abundance of wrestling television outlets in Southern California, and possessing the gift of the gab,[7] Leone - working for Doyle - became the biggest star in the L.A. territory.[3] The still relatively new medium of television helped transform him from journeyman to superstar.[5] Leone headlined several events at the Olympic Auditorium against opponents such as Leo Garibaldi, Jack Claybourne and Kimon Kudo. He would also tag with former opponent Gorgeous George.

On March 8, 1950, Leone wrestled future WWF Hall of Famer Antonino Rocca in front of a sold out 10,400 fans. 6,000 fans were also reportedly turned away at the gate.[7]

World Heavyweight Championship and Feud with Lou Thesz

Leone faced Enrique Torres at the Olympic Auditorium on November 22, 1950, in front of a reported 10,400 fans in a two-out-of-three falls match for the Los Angeles version of the World Heavyweight Championship.[3] He captured the second and third falls of the match to win the world title.[7]

As world champion and with a growing television audience, Leone became one of the biggest sports stars in Southern California and the biggest draw in the territory.[7] Appearing on television shows such as Charlie Aldridge, Dennis Day and Horace Heidt's Family Night Show, Leone raised his profile, with few wrestlers throughout the United States getting the exposure he was.[7] An appearance at a store in the city of Oxnard drew over 1,000 fans, despite heavy rain. Leone gave female fans an orchard and gave every fan an autographed photo of himself.”[3]

Leone, with a combination of heel heat and broad appeal, carried the territory to new financial heights.[7] NWA World Heavyweight champion Lou Thesz came to the territory in July 1951 and, finding himself overshadowed by Leone, was reportedly unhappy with this status.[7] Thesz addressed these concerns at the annual NWA member's meeting in Tulsa, where the prospect of eliminating the California-version of the world title (held by Leone) was discussed. Doyle - a member of the championship committee - agreed to not book Michele Leone (or Enrique Torres) as champions outside of California. This did not assuage the NWA's concerns of a growing regional "world champion" and Doyle, who had been suspended briefly by the NWA, agreed to a unification bout.[7] On May 21, 1952, Leone lost the L.A. "Olympic" version of the world title to Lou Thesz at Hollywood's Gilmore Field in L.A. in a unification match.[8][9] The event drew 25,256 fans and took $103,277.75 at the gate, making it the first professional wrestling match to garner over $100,000 at the gate[7][3]

Junior Heavyweight Championship and Later Career

Though having lost the championship, the Baron remained the top draw in the Southern California territory. In December 1952, he defeated Rito Romero at the Olympic Auditorium to win the Pacific Coast heavyweight championship. Leone would go on to defeat Danny McShane for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship on August 16, 1953 at Hollywood's Legion Stadium in Hollywood.[3]

Leone's television popularity made him an in-demand talent and he was able to take bookings throughout the United States. He remained a regular performer in Los Angeles while working a semi-regular schedule in the Georgia territory. He left L.A. in 1954, and relocated to Texas. He would wrestle Lou Thesz in losing efforts three more times for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship; on February 16, 1954 in El Paso, Texas, October 13, 1954 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and February 25, 1955 in Miami, Florida.[3][7]

Later Life and Death

Shortly after his final bout with Thesz, Leone retired from professional wrestling, being independently wealthy from his career. He returned to Italy along with his wife, Billie, whom he married 1954. They returned to the United States and relocated back to Leone's apartment building, "The Baron's Castle," in Santa Monica. Michele and Billie travelled frequency and Leone spent his later days partaking in various leisure activities by the Pacific Ocean.[3]

Whilst crossing the street near his home on November 14, 1988, Leone was struck by an automobile. He passed away at UCLA Medical Center on November 26, 1988.

Baron Michele Leone is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.

Personal life

Leone married his wife Billie in 1954, with whom he remained for the rest of his life. During his career, he became a star in Southern California, and outside of wrestling he was hired by ABC to host a television program, "Advice to the Lovelorn," offering advise to couples.[10][6]


Michele Leone was one of the first wrestling stars of the television era. His colorful interviews, 'bad guy' characteristics and affable personality, endeared him to viewing audiences as an entertaining performer.[2][5] He was one of the first professional wrestlers, along with the likes of Gorgeous George, to be famed for his showmanship as well as his in-ring prowess.[5][2]

In the 2000's , his wife Billie donated $100,000 in Michele's memory to the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum.[11][12][4] Symbolically, this was the same amount which Leone drew with Lou Thesz during their May, 1952 bout for the NWA Heavyweight championship; the first $100,000 gate in wrestling. The amount was donated to help support construction of the museum's relocation. Billie Leone stated: “my husband moved to Santa Monica in 1949, and that began his lifelong love affair with Santa Monica. He loved everything about the city.”[4] The museum now houses a permanent exhibit featuring the highlights of The Baron’s career.[11]

In wrestling

Finishing moves
Roman Neckbreaker[5]
Signature moves
Italian Back Kick[1]

Championships and accomplishments

National Wrestling Alliance
World Heavyweight Championship (Los Angeles version) (one time)
NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (one time)[1]
NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Championship (Los Angeles version) (two times)[1][13]


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8. "Los Angeles Times: Archives".
9. Solomon, Brian (April 1, 2015). "Pro Wrestling FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the World's Most Entertaining Spectacle". Hal Leonard Corporation – via Google Books.
10. "Nevada State Journal from Reno, Nevada on October 27, 1950 · Page 4".
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12. Lannister, Ty (September 3, 2009). "Wrestler Baron Michele Leone Gives Back to Santa Monica". Cageside Seats.
13. "Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title (Los Angeles)".

Friday, November 24, 2017

"The Brady Bunch" Actress Florence Henderson 2016 Westwood Village Cemetery

Florence Agnes Henderson (February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016) was an American actress and singer with a career spanning six decades. She is best remembered for her starring role as matriarch Carol Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. Henderson also appeared in film, as well as on stage, and hosted several long-running cooking and variety shows over the years. She appeared as a guest on many scripted and unscripted (talk and reality show) television programs and as a panelist on numerous game shows. She was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2010. Henderson hosted her own talk show, The Florence Henderson Show, and cooking show, Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson, on Retirement Living TV during the years leading up to her death at age 82 on Thanksgiving Day, 2016 from heart failure.[1]

Early life

Henderson, the youngest of 10 children,[2] was born on Valentine's Day, 1934,[3] in Dale, Indiana, a small town in the southwestern part of the state.[4] She was a daughter of Elizabeth (née Elder), a homemaker, and Joseph Henderson, a tobacco sharecropper.[5] During the Great Depression, she was taught to sing at the age of two by her mother, who had a repertoire of 50 songs. By the time she was eight, her family called her "Florency," and by age 12, she was singing at local grocery stores.[6]

Henderson graduated from St. Francis Academy in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1951;[7] and shortly thereafter, went to New York City, enrolling in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[8] She was an Alumna Initiate of the Alpha Chi chapter of Delta Zeta sorority.[9]


Henderson started her career on the stage performing in musicals, such as the touring production of Oklahoma! and South Pacific at Lincoln Center.[10]

She debuted on Broadway in the musical Wish You Were Here in 1952,[11] and later starred on Broadway in the long-running 1954 musical, Fanny (888 performances) in which she originated the title role.[7] Henderson appeared with Gordon MacRae in the Oklahoma! segment of the 90-minute television special, General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein (1954).[12] She later appeared in "The Abbe and the Nymph," an episode of the 1950s TV series I Spy[13][14] (not to be confused with the 1960s series of the same name). She also portrayed Meg March in a CBS-TV musical adaptation of Little Women, which aired October 16, 1958.[15]

Henderson appeared in two episodes of The United States Steel Hour. She portrayed Mary Jane in an episodic adaptation of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which aired on November 20, 1957.[16][17] She also appeared in "A Family Alliance,"[14] an episodic adaptation of a short story from A Harvest of Stories (1956)[18] by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, which aired on June 4, 1958.[19][20]

Henderson, along with Bill Hayes, appeared in the Oldsmobile commercials from 1958 through 1961 on The Patti Page Show for which Oldsmobile was the sponsor. Hayes and she also made a musical performance in the January 13, 1960, broadcast of Tonight Starring Jack Paar.[21] Henderson also appeared on Broadway in The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963).[22]

In 1962, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre,[23] and the same year became the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show in the period after Jack Paar left as the show's host, and before Johnny Carson began his 30 years as the show's longest serving host in October 1962.[24] She also joined the ranks of what was then called The Today Girl on NBC's long-running morning show, doing weather and light news, a position also once held by Barbara Walters.[25]

She made later musical performances in Paar's subsequent talk show in 1963, including the January 25[26] and February 22[27] broadcasts. She performed in the May 19, 1963, broadcast of The Voice of Firestone, alongside baritone Mario Sereni.[28] She also released her albums under RCA Victor as part of her music career.[26][27]

Her most widely recognized role was as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch which aired on ABC from 1969 until 1974. Henderson's best friend, Shirley Jones, had turned down the role, but the following year, she accepted the similar role of a mother with five children, named Shirley Partridge, in The Partridge Family, which aired from 1970–1974.[29]

Primarily owing to her role on The Brady Bunch, Henderson was ranked by TV Land and Entertainment Weekly as number 54 on their list of the 100 Greatest TV Icons.[30]

An avid game-show fan, Henderson was a frequent panelist on the original version of Hollywood Squares[31] and made occasional appearances on The $25,000 Pyramid. Her other game show appearances include Password, the original Match Game, What's My Line (as panelist and mystery guest), To Tell The Truth, I've Got A Secret, Snap Judgment, Personality, The Magnificent Marble Machine, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. She also appeared alongside Robert Reed on the John Davidson-hosted version of Hollywood Squares and teamed with Reed, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, and Susan Olsen on one of the original Family Feud's All-Star weeks, where they finished in second place.

Henderson was the spokeswoman for Wesson cooking oil from 1974 to 1996.[2][32] During that time, she hosted a cooking show on TNN, Country Kitchen,[32] and did ads for Prange's, a former Wisconsin department store chain. Henderson co-hosted the short-lived NBC morning talk show Later Today (1999–2000), with Jodi Applegate and Asha Blake.[33]

In the 2000s, she was the spokeswoman for Polident.[2] In 2003, Henderson seemed to poke fun at her wholesome image by appearing in a Pepsi Twist television commercial with Ozzy Osbourne.[34]

Henderson also appeared with her TV children, as she did with Christopher Knight on the reality television series My Fair Brady.[35] She was also in the sixth season of VH1's The Surreal Life.[36]

Beginning in the mid-1990s, the song "God Bless America" was performed by Henderson at the Indianapolis 500 accompanied by the Purdue All-American Marching Band,[37] at the request of the Hulman-George family, the owners of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and friends of Henderson's.[38]

She appeared in the "Weird Al" Yankovic video for "Amish Paradise." In 2002, she made a memorable guest appearance on improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, participating in on-screen kisses with Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie.[39]

From 2007 to 2009, Henderson co-hosted the daily talk show Living Live with former Designing Women star Meshach Taylor on Retirement Living TV.[40] The show was reworked to focus on her and was renamed The Florence Henderson Show.[40] The show was nominated for an Emmy award in 2010.[41] In May 2010, Henderson did a series of promotional radio ads for Fox.[42] On the July 12, 2010, edition of WWE Raw, Henderson appeared as the night's guest host.[43]

Henderson was one of 12 celebrities competing on the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars, which premiered on September 20, 2010. Her professional partner was Corky Ballas, father of two-time champion, Mark Ballas.[44] On October 19, 2010, she was the fifth contestant eliminated.[45]

Henderson voiced Barbara, Cleveland's childhood nanny, in the episode "The Men In Me" of The Cleveland Show, which originally aired on March 25, 2012. The episode features a depressed and confused Cleveland singing a parody version of his show's theme before Barbara interjects and gets Cleveland to realize it does not matter who he is or who others perceive him to be as long as he accepts himself for who and what he is. At the end of the episode, Cleveland says "Florence Henderson, everyone!"

Henderson made a special appearance on May 11, 2012, in a special Mother's Day episode on The Price Is Right with Drew Carey, displaying prizes, as well as one of the showcases.[46]

In February 2013, she began hosting a cooking show, Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson, on Retirement Living TV.[47] Henderson hosted several times the beauty pageants Mrs. America and Mrs. world.

Charity appearances

In the 2000s, Henderson became a public benefactor to the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Indiana. Some of the nuns there had been early educators of Henderson. She appeared in a number of their promotional videos and helped in fundraising efforts. She won money for the sisters on the game show Weakest Link and on a classic television-themed episode of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire in 2001, winning $32,000 in their name.[48] When Henderson appeared on The Surreal Life, she refused to wear a nun's habit in a comedy skit.[49]

Personal life

Henderson married Ira Bernstein in 1956; the couple divorced in 1985. They had four children together. She married her second husband, Dr. John George Kappas, in 1987. He died in 2002. Henderson had five grandchildren.[50]


Henderson died on November 24, 2016, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California at the age of 82.[51][1] She had been hospitalized the previous day,[51] According to her manager, Kayla Pressman, Henderson died of heart failure.[1][52] 

Three days before her death, Henderson had attended the recording of Dancing with the Stars to support her friend and former on-screen daughter Maureen McCormick, who was a contestant.[53] Pressman reported that Henderson had not been ill prior to her sudden hospitalization and that her death was a "shock."[54] She was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.


At the 33rd Annual Gracie Awards Gala (2008), Henderson won an Individual Achievement Award and an Outstanding Host (Information or Entertainment) for The Florence Henderson Show.[55][56]

She won another Outstanding Host (Information or Entertainment) at the 37th Annual Gracie Awards Gala (2012) for co-hosting Good Food, Good Deeds.[56][57]

Selected filmography


Year Title Role Notes

1970 Song of Norway Nina Grieg 

1992 Shakes the Clown The Unknown Woman 

1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Cameo
1994 Richie Rich Richie's mother

1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Grandma (Carol's mother) Cameo

1996 For Goodness Sake II Video store customer
1998 Holy Man Cameo
1999 Get Bruce Herself Documentary
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Herself
2008 For Heaven's Sake Sarah Miller
2010 The Christmas Bunny Betsy Ross
2016 Fifty Shades of Black Mrs. Robinson
2017 Bad Grandmas Mimi


Year Title Role Notes Refs

1954 General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein Laurey TV Movie [12]
1956 I Spy Nymph Episode: "The Abbe and the Nymph" [13][14]
1957 The United States Steel Hour Mary Jane "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1957) [14][17]
1958 The U.S. Steel Hour "A Family Alliance" (1958) [14][20]
1958 Little Women Meg March TV musical special [15]
1958–62 Tonight Starring Jack Paar Herself Regular guest 

1959–60 The Today Show Herself Today Girl [25]

1962–67 Password Herself Contestant 

1968 The Dean Martin Show Guest appearance 

1969–74 The Brady Bunch Carol Ann Brady 117 episodes
1976 The Love Boat pilot for series 

1976 The Muppet Show Herself Episode: "Florence Henderson" 

1976 The Paul Lynde Halloween Special Herself 

1976–77 The Brady Bunch Hour Carol Ann Brady 9 episodes 

1981 The Brady Girls Get Married Carol Ann Brady TV reunion movie
1981 The Love Boat Annabelle Folker Episode: "Country Cousin Blues"
1981 The Brady Brides Carol Ann Brady 5 episodes
1982 Police Squad! Shot woman Episode: "Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)"
1982–85 The $25,000 Pyramid Herself Contestant
1983 Alice Sarah James Episode: "It Had to Be Mel"
1985–86 The $100,000 Pyramid Herself Contestant
1986, 1990 Murder, She Wrote Maria Morgana / Patti Sue Diamond 2 episodes
1987 It's Garry Shandling's Show Guest appearance 

1988 A Very Brady Christmas Carol Ann Brady TV movie 

1990 The Bradys Carol Ann Brady TV series; canceled after six episodes. Also sang third version of theme song
1993–95 Dave's World Maggie Occasional; Beth's mother
1994 Roseanne Flo Anderson Episode: "Suck Up or Shut Up"
1995 Fudge Muriel Episode: "Fudge-a-mania" 1995–96 Our Generation Herself Co-host
1996 Ellen Madeline Episode: "Joe's Kept Secret"
1999–2000 Later Today Herself Presenter
2000 Saturday Night Live Herself (parody) Guest appearance (uncredited) Episode: "Jackie Chan/Kid Rock" (May 20, 2000) [58]
2000 The King of Queens Lily Carrie Heffernan's stepmother Episode: "Dark Meet"
2001 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Herself Contestant
2002 Mom's on Strike Betty TV movie
2002 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Guest appearance
2003 Mrs. America Herself Host
2003 The 26th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts Herself Special appearance
2006 The Surreal Life Herself Cast member
2006 Loonatics Unleashed Mallory "Mastermind" Casey 3 episodes
2007 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself Guest appearance
2007–2009 The Florence Henderson Show Host 52 episodes [59][60]
2008 Ladies of the House Rose Olmstead TV movie
2009 Samantha Who? Loretta Guest appearance
2010 WWE Raw Herself Guest host
2010 Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant
2012 The Cleveland Show Nanny Barbara (voice) Episode: "The Men in Me"
2012 Handy Manny Aunt Ginny Episode: "Handy Manny and the Seven Tools"
2012 Happily Divorced Elizabeth Episode: "Meet the Parents"
2012 30 Rock Herself Episode: "My Whole Life Is Thunder"
2013 Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson Host 12 episodes [59]
2014 Trophy Wife Frances Harrison Episode: "The Wedding - Part Two"
2014 Rachael v Guy: Celebrity Cook Off Herself Episode: "Boardwalk Bites"
2016 K.C. Undercover Irma Episode: "Dance Like No One's Watching"
2016 Chelsea Herself Episode: "Ellen Page and Inspiring Role Models"


Year Title Role Notes

1949 Carousel Carrie Pepperidge
1952 Wish You Were Here The New Girl
1952 Oklahoma! Laurey
1953 The Great Waltz Resi
1954 Fanny Fanny 

1961–62, 1968, 1978 The Sound of Music Maria Rainer 

1963–64 The Girl Who Came to Supper Mary Morgan
1965 The King and I Anna
1967 South Pacific Nellie Forbush
1974, 1981 Annie Get Your Gun Annie Oakley


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