Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Allan R. Ellenberger's "RAMON NOVARRO" Biography

"HOLLYWOODLAND" Blogger ALLAN R. ELLENBERGER has written a biography of the silent film actor and murder victim RAMON NOVARRO. Los Angeles Morgue Files encourages you to read this book. Of course, it would be nice if you bought it through this LAMF link to Amazon. We need the money. Ellenberger's book needs to be read. Thank you.

Friday, October 26, 2018

"The Man Who Seduced Hollywood" Celebrity Attorney Greg Bautzer 1987 Westwood Village Cemetery

Gregson Edward Bautzer (April 3, 1911 – October 26, 1987) was an American attorney, representing such stars as Ginger Rogers, Ingrid Bergman and Joan Crawford, Kirk Kerkorian, Howard Hughes and William R. Wilkerson.

Personal life

Bautzer was engaged to actresses Barbara Payton, Lana Turner and Dorothy Lamour. He had a brief marriage to the actress Buff Cobb, divorcing after six months.

He later married actress Dana Wynter on June 10, 1956. They had one son, Mark Ragan Bautzer, and divorced in 1981.


Bautzer died of heart failure at his Beverly Hills home on October 26, 1987 at the age of 76. He is interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

"The Return of the Living Dead" Actor James Karen 1923-2018 Memorial Video

James Karen (born Jacob Karnofsky; November 28, 1923 – October 23, 2018) was an American character actor of Broadway, film and television. Karen was best known for his roles in Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, and in The Pursuit of Happyness.

Karen was also known for his recurring television role as Tom Bradford's boss, Eliot Randolph in Eight is Enough. He also appeared in commercials for Pathmark which earned his nickname "Mr. Pathmark." He was nominated for a Saturn Award for his 1985 role in The Return of the Living Dead.

He was married to Susan Reed, the former actress and folk singer. They divorced in 1967 and in 1986, he married Alba Francesca. Karen had one son Reed. Their son's godfather was Buster Keaton. Karen was a good friend of Keaton.

Karen died on October 23, 2018 at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 94. The cause was cardio respiratory arrest.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Activist, Author, Politician Tom Hayden 2016 Woodlawn Cemetery

Thomas Emmet Hayden (December 11, 1939 – October 23, 2016) was an American social and political activist, author and politician. Hayden was best known for his major role as an anti-war, civil rights, and radical intellectual activist in the 1960s, authoring the Port Huron Statement and standing trial in the Chicago Seven case.

In later years he ran for political office numerous times, winning seats in both the California Assembly and California Senate. At the end of his life he was the director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Los Angeles County. He was married to Jane Fonda for 17 years, and was the father of actor Troy Garity.

Early life

Thomas Emmet Hayden was born in Royal Oak, Michigan,[1] to parents of Irish ancestry, Genevieve Isabelle (née Garity) and John Francis Hayden.[2] His father was a former Marine who worked for Chrysler as an accountant and was also a violent alcoholic.[1] When Hayden was ten, his parents divorced and his mother raised him.[1] Hayden attended a Catholic elementary school, where he read out loud to nuns and "learned to fear hell."[3]

Hayden grew up attending a church led by Charles Coughlin, a Catholic priest noted for his anti-Semitic teachings and who was also known nationally during the time of The Great Depression as the "radio priest."[1] Hayden's dismay with Coughlin caused him to break with the Catholic Church as a teenager.[1]

Hayden attended Dondero High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. He served as the editor for the school newspaper, and in his farewell column in the newspaper, he used the first letter of successive paragraphs to spell "Go to hell."[3] As a result, when he graduated in 1956,[4][1] he was banned from attending his graduation ceremony and only received a diploma.[3]

Hayden then attended the University of Michigan, where he was editor of the Michigan Daily. Disenchanted by the anti-radicalism of existing groups like the National Student Association, he was one of the initiators of the influential leftist student activist group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In 1961, Hayden married Sandra "Casey" Cason, a civil rights activist who worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Hayden became a "Freedom Rider" in the South and then served as president of SDS from 1962 to 1963.[5]


Hayden drafted SDS's manifesto, the Port Huron Statement. The objective of the Port Huron Statement was the creation of a "radically new democratic political movement" in the United States that rejected hierarchy and bureaucracy. The statement represented the emergence of a "New Left" in the United States. The New Left often worked with, but was no longer part of, the remains of the American Left after concerted government efforts to destroy it. At its annual convention, the old Student League for Industrial Democracy, the "young people's division" of the "Old Left's" League for Industrial Democracy, representatives followed Hayden, adopted his manifesto, and changed its name and some of its major goals.

From 1964 to 1968, Hayden lived in Newark, New Jersey, where he worked with impoverished inner-city residents as part of the Newark Community Union Project. He was also witness to the city's race riots of 1967, driven by far more than race alone, as Hayden would point out, and wrote the book Rebellion in Newark: Official Violence and Ghetto Response (1967).

In 1965, Hayden, along with Communist Party USA member Herbert Aptheker and Quaker peace activist Staughton Lynd, undertook a controversial visit to North Vietnam and Hanoi. The three toured villages and factories and met with an American POW[who?] whose plane had been shot down. The result of this tour of North Vietnam, at a high point in the war, was a book titled The Other Side.[6][7] Staughton Lynd later wrote that the New Left disavowed "the Anti-Communism of the previous generation" and that Lynd and Hayden had written, in Studies on the Left, "We refuse to be anti-Communist, We insist the term has lost all the specific content it once had."[8]

In 1968, Hayden joined the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam ("the Mobe"), and played a major role in the protests outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstrations were broken up by what was later called by the U.S. National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence "a police riot."[9] Six months after the convention, he and seven other protesters including Rennie Davis, Dave Dellinger, Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin were indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and incitement to riot as part of the "Chicago Eight" a.k.a. the "Chicago Seven" after Bobby Seale's case was separated from the others. Hayden and four others were convicted of crossing state lines to incite a riot, but the charges were later reversed and remanded on appeal. The government did not retry the case and thereafter elected to dismiss the substantive charges. United States v. Dellinger, 472 F.2d 340 (7th Cir. 1972), cert. denied, 410 U.S. 970, 93 S.Ct. 1443, 35 L.Ed.2d 706 (1973).

Hayden made several subsequent well-publicized visits to North Vietnam as well as Cambodia during America's involvement in the Vietnam War, which had expanded under President Richard M. Nixon to include the adjoining nations of Laos and Cambodia, although he did not accompany his future wife, actress Jane Fonda, on her especially controversial trip to Hanoi in the spring of 1972.[10] The next year he married Fonda and they had one child, Troy Garity, born on 7 July 1973. In 1974, while the Vietnam War was still ongoing, the documentary film Introduction to the Enemy, a collaboration by Fonda, Hayden, Haskell Wexler and others, was released. It depicts their travels through North and South Vietnam in spring 1974.[11]

Hayden also founded the Indochina Peace Campaign (IPC), which operated from 1972 to 1975. The IPC, operating in Boston, New York, Detroit and Santa Clara, mobilized dissent against the Vietnam War and demanded unconditional amnesty for U.S. draft evaders, among other aims. Jane Fonda, a supporter of the IPC, later turned this moniker into a name for her film production firm, IPC Films, which produced in whole or in part, movies and documentaries such as F.T.A. (1972), Introduction to the Enemy (1974), The China Syndrome (1979), Nine to Five (1980) and On Golden Pond (1981).[12][13] Hayden and Fonda divorced in 1990.

Writing about Hayden's role in the 1960s New Left, Nicholas Lemann, national correspondent for The Atlantic, said that "Tom Hayden changed America," calling him "father to the largest mass protests in American history," and Richard N. Goodwin, who was a speechwriter for presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy, said that Hayden," without even knowing it, inspired the Great Society.[14] Staughton Lynd, though, was critical of the Port Huron and New Left concept of "participatory democracy," stating, "We must recognize that when an organization grows to a certain size, consensus decision-making is no longer possible and some form of representative government becomes necessary."[15]

In 2007, Hayden made news for his speech at the wedding of his son Troy, where, as Hilton Als wrote in The New Yorker, he "said that he was especially happy about his son's union with actress Simone Bent, who is black, because, among other things, it was 'another step in a long-term goal of mine: the peaceful, nonviolent disappearance of the white race.'"[16]

Political career

During 1976, Hayden made a primary-election challenge to then serving California U.S. Senator John V. Tunney. "The radicalism of the 1960s is fast becoming the common sense of the 1970s," the New York Times reported him saying at the time.[17] Starting far behind, Hayden mounted a spirited campaign and finished a surprisingly close second in the Democratic primary. He and Fonda later initiated the Campaign for Economic Democracy (CED), which formed a close alliance with then Governor Jerry Brown and promoted solar energy, environmental protection and renters' rights policies, as well as candidates for local office throughout California, more than 50 of whom would go on to be elected.[18]

Hayden later served in the California State Assembly (1982–1992) and the State Senate (1992–2000).[19] During this time, he was frequently protested by conservative groups, including Vietnamese refugees, veterans of the U.S. military and Young Americans for Freedom. He mounted a bid in the Democratic primary for California Governor during 1994 on the theme of campaign finance reform and ran for Mayor of Los Angeles during 1997, losing to incumbent Republican Richard Riordan.

As a member of the State Assembly, Hayden introduced the bill that became Chapter 1238 of the California Statutes of 1987. Chapter 1238 enacted Section 76060.5 of the California Education Code. Section 76060.5 allows the establishment of "student representation fees" at colleges in the California Community Colleges System. The fee has been established at several dozen colleges, and it may be used "to provide support for governmental affairs representatives of local or statewide student body organizations who may be stating their positions and viewpoints before city, county, and district governments, and before offices and agencies of state government."[20] Student representation fees are used to support the operation of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.

During 1999, Hayden made a speech for the Seattle WTO protests. During 2001, he unsuccessfully sought election to the Los Angeles City Council.[21] Hayden served as a member of the advisory board for the Progressive Democrats of America, an organization created to increase progressive political cooperation and influence within the Democratic Party.[22] He served on the advisory board of the Levantine Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization founded in Los Angeles in 2001 that champions cultural literacy about the Middle East and North Africa. During January 2008, Hayden wrote an opinion essay for the Web site The Huffington Post endorsing Barack Obama's presidential bid in the Democratic primaries.[23] In that same year, he helped initiate Progressives for Obama (now called Progressive America Rising), a group of political progressives that provided assistance for Obama in his initial presidential campaign.[24]

Hayden was known widely in California as a staunch endorser of animal rights and was responsible for writing the bill popularly known as the Hayden Act, which improved protection of pets and extended holding periods for pets confined as strays or surrendered to shelters.

In 2016, Hayden ran to be one of California's representatives to the Democratic National Committee.[25] Though he originally leaned towards Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary, Hayden later announced he would support Hillary Clinton and cast his vote for her when the primary reached California.[26] He also claimed that he never endorsed Sanders and only supported his campaign with the hopes that it would push Hillary towards the Left.[26]

In his tribute to Hayden following his death, former US President Bill Clinton stated: "Hillary and I knew him for more than thirty years and valued both his words of support and his criticism."[27]

Academic career

Hayden taught numerous courses on social movements, two at Scripps College—one on the Long War and one on gangs in America—and a course called "From the '60s to the Obama Generation" at Pitzer College. He also taught at Occidental College and at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. He taught a class at University of California, Los Angeles on protests from Port Huron to the present. Hayden taught a class in Political Science at the University of Southern California during the 1977-78 school year. He was the author or editor of 19 books, including The Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama, Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader, and his memoir, Reunion, and served on the editorial board of The Nation. His book Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement, completed in the months before his death in October 2016, was published on January 31, 2017, by Yale University Press.

During 2007, Akashic Books released Hayden's Ending the War in Iraq. In a discussion about the book with Theodore Hamm published in the Brooklyn Rail, Hayden argues: "The apparatus of occupation is never going to turn into a peacekeeping economic development agency. We need to withdraw our stamp of approval and our tax dollars from supporting the occupation. That doesn't mean that there can't be some attempts at remedies but these should never be used as an excuse to stay."[28]

Personal life

Hayden lived in Los Angeles and was married to his third wife, Barbara Williams, at the time of his death. He and Williams adopted a son, Liam (born 2000). Hayden died in Santa Monica, California, on October 23, 2016, aged 76, following a lengthy illness, including a stroke.[5][29]

Tom Hayden is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.


The Port Huron Statement (1962)

The Other Side (1966)
"The Politics of 'The Movement,'" in Irving Howe (ed.), The Radical Papers. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Co., 1966; pp. 350-364.
Rebellion in Newark: Official Violence and Ghetto Response (1967)
Trial (1970)
The Love of Possession Is a Disease with Them (1972)
Vietnam: The Struggle for Peace, 1972–73 (1973)
The American Future: New Visions Beyond Old Frontiers (1980)
Reunion: A Memoir (1988)
The Lost Gospel of the Earth: A Call for Renewing Nature, Spirit and Politics (1996)
Irish Hunger (1997)
Irish on the Inside: In Search of the Soul of Irish America (2001)
The Zapatista Reader (Introduction, 2001)
Rebel: A Personal History of the 1960s (2003)
Street Wars: Gangs and the Future of Violence (2004)
Radical Nomad: C. Wright Mills and His Times with Contemporary Reflections by Stanley Aronowitz, Richard Flacks and Charles Lemert (2006)
Ending the War in Iraq (2007)

Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader (2008)

Voices of the Chicago 8: A Generation on Trial (2008)
The Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama (2009)
Bring on the Iraq Syndrome: Tom Hayden in Conversation with Theodore Hamm (2007)

Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters (2015)[30]

Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement (2017)


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4. McDonald, Maureen; Schultz, John S (2010). Royal Oak (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-7385-7775-3.
5. McFadden, Robert D. (24 October 2016). "Tom Hayden, Civil Rights and Antiwar Activist Turned Lawmaker, Dies at 76". The New York Times. p. B14.
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8. "From Here to There: The Staughton Lynd Reader" by Staughton Lynd, Andrej Grubačić, PM Press, 2010, p. 101
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

"Parisian Love" Actor Jean De Briac 1970 Valley Oaks Cemetery

Jean De Briac (born Jean-Frederic Weitler, August 15, 1891 – October 18, 1970) was a French film actor. He appeared in 122 films between 1920 and 1962. He was born in France and died in Los Angeles, California. He immigrated to the United States in 1915.

Jean De Briac is interred at Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California.

Selected filmography

The Frisky Mrs. Johnson (1920)

The Love Light (1921)

Over The Border (1922)
The Power of Love (1922)
One Wonderful Night (1922)

The Man Unconquerable (1922)
Around the World in Eighteen Days (1923)
The Iron Man (1924)

Parisian Love (1925)
Paris at Midnight (1926)
The Duchess of Buffalo (1926)
The Ladybird (1927)
Blotto (1930)
Be Big! (1931)
Wise Girl (1937)
Swiss Miss (1938)
Wee Wee Monsieur (1938)
Tassels in the Air (1938)

A Chump at Oxford (1940)

Background to Danger (1943)
Appointment in Berlin (1943)
Half Past Midnight (1948)

Double Dynamite (1951)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Director, Producer, "I Love Lucy" Actor Hy Averback 1997 Westwood Cemetery

Hyman Jack Averback (October 21, 1920 – October 14, 1997) was an American radio, television, and film actor who eventually became a producer and director.

Early years

Born in Minneapolis, Averback moved to California with his family when he was 9.[1]


Averback graduated from the Edward Clark Academy Theater in 1938 [2] and eventually got a job announcing at KMPC Beverly Hills[3] before World War II.[4]

During the War, as part of the Armed Forces Radio Service, he entertained troops in the Pacific with his program of comedy and music, where he created the character of Tokyo Mose, a lampoon of Japan's Tokyo Rose. After his discharge, his big break came when he was hired to announce the Jack Paar radio show, which replaced Jack Benny for the summer beginning June 1, 1947. He became the announcer for Bob Hope on NBC in September 1948 and also announced for other NBC radio shows, The Sealtest Village Store and Let's Talk Hollywood, as well as on the Sweeney and March show on CBS in 1948[5] and appeared as the voice of Newsweek magazine on a weekly radio show on ABC West Coast stations the same year.[6]

Averback was also an actor, appearing a number of times on the Jack Benny radio show, beginning in January 1948.[7]

In 1952, Averback starred in Secret Mission, a transcribed program "dealing with factual stories of escape from behind the Iron Curtain" on AFRS.[8]


Doing comedy on early television, he appeared on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1952), The Saturday Night Revue (1953–54), Tonight (1955) and NBC Comedy Hour (1956). He was a series regular as Mr. Romero on the Eve Arden sitcom Our Miss Brooks.

Averback appeared in CBS's I Love Lucy as "Charlie Applebee" and "Charlie Pomerantz."

He acted in other 1950s comedies, before moving into directing at the end of that decade. 

He directed The Real McCoys, the Walter Brennan sitcom that was created and produced by Irving Pincus and aired on ABC and CBS from 1957 to 1963. Later, Averback shared directing duties with Richard Crenna on The Real McCoys. Crenna had also been a cast member with Averback on Our Miss Brooks.

Averback directed two episodes of the Columbo mystery series: Suitable for Framing (1971) and A Stitch in Crime (1973).

Averback also directed for The Dick Powell Show (1961–1963), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968), The Flying Nun (1967–1970),  McCloud (1971), M*A*S*H (1972), Needles and Pins (1973), Quark (1977-1978), Matt Houston (1982–1983), The Four Seasons (1984), and the miniseries Pearl (1978). For CBS, he produced Mrs. G. Goes to College (aka The Gertrude Berg Show) in the 1961-1962 season.

He co-produced the popular 1960s sitcom F Troop and supplied the voice over the loudspeaker heard on the television series M*A*S*H. His actual recording from a Bob Hope show was used in M*A*S*H episode 63, "Bombed," from season 3 where he announces himself as Hope's announcer.


Averback co-narrated a 62-minute sex educational film, The Story of Life, released by Crusader Productions in June 1948.[9] It featured live action as well as animation by former Walt Disney artists Lester Novros and Robert Moore.

Film credits include his role as Willard Alexander in The Benny Goodman Story (1956), and directing Chamber of Horrors (1966), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968), I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968), The Great Bank Robbery (1969), and Suppose They Gave A War and Nobody Came (1969).  He directed the TV-movie A Guide For the Married Woman (1978) with Cybill Shepherd and the reunion TV-movie The New Maverick (1978) with James Garner and Jack Kelly.


Hy Averback died on October 14, 1997. His ashes are interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park


1. Kleiner, Dick (November 22, 1992). "Ask Dick Kleiner". The Index-Journal. Greenwood, S.C. p. 51.
2. Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1939.
3. Broadcasting magazine, May 8, 1944
4. "The Start of Armed Forces Radio Service". Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation.
5. Daily Variety, Aug. 24, 1948
6. Daily Variety, May 11, 1948
7. 39 Forever, Second Edition, Part 2, by Laura Leff, 2006
8. "AFRS Series" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 10, 1952. p. 76.
9. Daily Variety, June 22, 1948