Friday, November 30, 2018

"Little Women" Actress Jean Parker 2005 Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery

Jean Parker (born Luise Stephanie Zelinska,[1] August 11, 1915 – November 30, 2005) was an American film and stage actress. She landed her first screen test while still in high school. She acted opposite such well-known actors as Katharine Hepburn, Robert Donat, Edward G. Robinson, Randolph Scott, and Laurel and Hardy. She was married four times and had one son, Robert Lowery Hanks. She was also known as Lois Mae Green.[1]

Early years

Parker was born in Deer Lodge, Montana[1] as Lois Mae Green.[2] Both her father, Lewis, who was variously a gunsmith, a hunter and a chef, and her mother, Melvina Burch, one of 18 children of a pioneer family, were unemployed during the depression of the 1930s.[3] She attended Pasadena schools and graduated from John Muir High School. Her original aspirations were in the fine arts and illustration.


Parker appeared in 70 movies from 1932 through 1966. In 1932, she posed as a flower girl and living poster in a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade, where she was seen by Ida Koverman, secretary to MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer. The following day the studio called her on the phone and invited her for a screen test.[4]

Utilizing her artistic talents, Parker contracted in June 1935 to make eight original sketches a month for a Beverly Hills shop.[4]

Parker's film debut came in Divorce in the Family (1932).[2] She had a successful career at MGM, RKO and Columbia including roles in such films as Little Women, Lady for a Day, Gabriel Over the White House, Limehouse Blues, The Ghost Goes West, and Rasputin and the Empress. 

In 1939, she starred opposite Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in RKO's The Flying Deuces. She auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of Melanie in Gone with the Wind. On November 9, 1939 she opened the Downtown Theatre in Oakland, California, and in December 1941, at the Orinda Theater in Contra Costa County.[4]

Parker remained active in film throughout the 1940s, playing opposite Lon Chaney in Dead Man's Eyes, and a variety of other films. 

Parker managed her own airport and flying service with then-husband Doug Dawson in Palm Springs, California until shortly after the start of World War II. During the war, she toured many of the veteran hospitals throughout the U.S. and performed on radio. 

In the 1950s, Parker co-starred opposite Edward G. Robinson in Black Tuesday; had a small but effective role in The Gunfighter, and appeared in A Lawless Street (1955). Her last film appearance was Apache Uprising (1966).[5]

Parker also appeared on Broadway. In 1949, she replaced Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday on Broadway and enjoyed a successful run in this classic. She appeared on Broadway opposite Bert Lahr in the play Burlesque. She did summer stock in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, toured in the play Candlelight and Loco, and performed on stage in other professional productions.[citation needed] In 1954, Parker played the role of "Cattle Kate Watson of Wyoming" in an episode of the syndicated television series Stories of the Century, the first western program to win an Emmy Award. The series starred and was narrated by Jim Davis.[6] Later in her career and life, Parker continued a successful stint on the West Coast theatre circuit and worked as an acting coach.[4]

Personal life

In December 1935, Parker became engaged to New York socialite newspaperman George E. McDonald, and eloped with him to Las Vegas on March 22, 1936.[7] McDonald continued his business affairs on the East Coast, and after less than four years of marriage, Parker was granted an interlocutory decree of divorce on January 23, 1940. On February 14, 1941, Parker married Los Angeles radio commentator Henry Dawson Sanders, known professionally as Doug Dawson. The couple operated a flying service from Palm Springs Airport in California, which was shuttered at the outbreak of World War II.

In July 1942, her husband joined the Coast Guard, and in September 1942 they separated and were divorced in July 1943. A month after she was granted her final divorce decree on July 29, 1944, Parker married Dr. Kurt "Curtis" Arthur Grotter, a Hollywood insurance broker and former correspondent for a group of Czechoslovakian newspapers and active with the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, as he had a substantial loss of vision. They were separated on June 19, 1949, and divorced on December 29, 1949. On May 19, 1951, she secretly married actor Robert Lowery (born Robert Hanks), at the home of a friend in Hialeah, Florida. Lowery had played Batman in 1949; he was featured in over seventy films in his own career. By this marriage, Parker bore her only child, Robert Lowery Hanks.[8]

While appearing at a nightclub in Sydney, Australia[9] in 1951, Parker made international headlines when she was escorted off Bondi Beach by swimsuit inspector Abe Laidlaw, who measured her bikini and determined it was too skimpy.[4][10][11]

In 1952, Parker gave birth to a son, Robert Lowery Hanks. She and Lowery filed for divorce in September 1957, but it was never finalized.[4]


At age 83, Parker moved into the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, where she died of a stroke on November 30, 2005, at the age of 90. She was survived by her son, Robert, and granddaughters Katie and Nora Hanks. She was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.[12]


Year Title Role Notes

1932 Rasputin and the Empress Princess Maria Uncredited
1932 Divorce in the Family Lucile
1933 Gabriel Over the White House Alice Bronson
1933 The Secret of Madame Blanche Eloise
1933 Made on Broadway Adele
1933 What Price Innocence? Ruth Harper
1933 Storm at Daybreak Danitza

1933 Lady for a Day Louise

1933 Little Women Elizabeth "Beth" March

1934 Two Alone Mazy
1934 You Can't Buy Everything Elizabeth "Beth" Burton Bell
1934 Lazy River Sarah Lescalle

1934 Operator 13 Eleanor Shackleford 1934 Have a Heart Sally Moore

1934 Caravan Timka
1934 A Wicked Woman Rosanne

1934 Limehouse Blues Toni

1934 Sequoia Toni Martin
1935 Princess O'Hara Princess O'Hara
1935 Murder in the Fleet Betty Lansing
1935 The Ghost Goes West Peggy Martin

1935 The Texas Rangers Amanda Bailey

1936 The Farmer in the Dell Adie Boye
1937 Life Begins with Love Carole Martin
1937 The Barrier Necia Gale
1938 Penitentiary Elizabeth Mathews
1938 Romance of the Limberlost Laurie
1938 The Arkansas Traveler Judy Allen
1939 Romance of the Redwoods June Martin

1939 Zenobia Mary Tibbett

1939 She Married a Cop Linda Fay
1939 Flight at Midnight Maxine Scott

1939 The Flying Deuces Georgette

1939 Parents on Trial Susan Wesley
1940 Knights of the Range Holly Ripple
1940 Son of the Navy Stevie Moore
1940 Beyond Tomorrow Jean Lawrence
1940 Young America Files Jane Short film
1941 Roar of the Press Alice Williams
1941 Power Dive Carol Blake
1941 The Pittsburgh Kid Patricia Mallory

1941 Flying Blind Shirley Brooks

1941 No Hands on the Clock Louise Campbell

1942 Torpedo Boat Grace Holman

1942 I Live on Danger Susan Richards
1942 The Girl from Alaska Mary 'Pete' McCoy
1942 Hello, Annapolis Doris Henley
1942 Tomorrow We Live Julie Bronson
1942 Hi, Neighbor Dorothy Greenfield
1942 Wrecking Crew Peggy Starr
1942 The Traitor Within Molly Betts
1943 High Explosive Connie Baker
1943 Alaska Highway Ann Coswell
1943 Minesweeper Mary Smith
1943 The Deerslayer Judith Hutter
1944 The Navy Way Ellen Sayre

1944 Lady in the Death House Mary Kirk Logan

1944 Detective Kitty O'Day Kitty O'Day

1944 Oh, What a Night Valerie
1944 Dead Man's Eyes Heather Hayden

1944 Bluebeard Lucille Lutien

1944 One Body Too Many Carol Dunlap

1945 Adventures of Kitty O'Day Kitty O'Day

1946 Rolling Home Frances Crawford

1950 The Gunfighter Molly

1952 Toughest Man in Arizona Della
1953 Those Redheads From Seattle Liz
1954 Black Tuesday Hattie Combest

1955 A Lawless Street Cora Dean

1957 The Parson and the Outlaw Mrs. Sarah Jones
1965 Apache Uprising Mrs. Hawks


1. "Obituary: Jean Parker". The Guardian. December 13, 2005.
2. Kear, Lynn; Rossman, John (2008). The Complete Kay Francis Career Record: All Film, Stage, Radio and Television Appearances. McFarland. p. 255. ISBN 9780786431984.
3. Obituary,, December 13, 2005
4. "Jean Parker profile".
5. "Jean Parker, Stage and Film Actress, Is Dead at 90 - Playbill". Playbill.
6. McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. New York: Penguin. p. 793. ISBN 978-0-14-024916-3. 7. "Jean Parker Becomes Bride of News Man". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times. March 23, 1936. p. Part II - 3.
8. Press, The Associated (13 December 2005). "Jean Parker, Movie Actress, Is Dead at 90" – via
9. "Actress Sent off Bondi Beach". The Age. November 3, 1951. p. 3.
10. Marks, Kathy (December 31, 2008). "Topless wars reignited on Australia's beaches". The Independent. London, UK.
11. "Jean Parker ordered off beach". The Sun (13, 030). New South Wales, Australia. 2 November 1951. p. 2 (LATE FINAL EXTRA).
12. Jean Parker at Find a Grave

Sunday, November 25, 2018

"Boysenberry" Creator Rudolph Boysen 1950 Melrose Abbey Cemetery

 Orange County Archives

Charles Rudolph Boysen (July 14, 1895 – November 25, 1950) was the California horticulturist who created the boysenberry, a hybrid between several varieties of blackberries, raspberries, and loganberries. [1] [2]


Rudolph Boysen had experimented with various berry crosses in Napa, California, during the 1920s. When Boysen first moved to Orange County, he brought berry vines with him which he planted on his in-law’s farm in Anaheim. Boysen worked as Anaheim City Parks superintendent from 1921-1950. In 1923, his hybrid grafted successfully and grew to bear fruit. However, unable to make his new berry a commercial success, Boysen abandoned his crop after breaking his back in an accident. In 1927, he took specimens to Coolidge Rare Plant Nursery in Altadena. [3] Years later, a fellow grower named Walter Knott heard about the berry and tracked down Boysen. Walter Knott was able to bring a few dying vines back to life at his farm, now known as Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Knott named the fruit after Boysen. [4] [5] [6]


In 1930, Charles Rudolph Boysen was married to Margaret Bruton (1892-1970). They were the parents of Robert Matt Boysen (1924-1980). [7]


There's a Boysenberry Lane in Placentia, California and a Boysen Avenue in Anaheim, California, both named for Rudolph Boysen. 

Boysen Park, a 24-acre (97,000 m2) public park in Anaheim, was named in his honor. It features playgrounds, baseball diamonds, a large lawn, and a stucco-coated, Korean War-vintage Navy jet as a children's climbing toy. 

The Anaheim Tennis Center is located adjacent to Boysen Park, located at 951 S. State College Blvd. 

Rudolph Boysen died at the age of 55, and is interred at the Melrose Abbey Cemetery in Anaheim.[8][9]


1. "Charles Rudolph Boysen". Soylent Communications. 2014. 
2. Natalie Wiser-Orozco, (March 27, 2014). "The History of the Boysenberry". WordPress. 
3. Boysenberry Creator's Juicy Details" (Orange Coast Magazine , Nov 2006, pp 208-12)
4. Boysenberry Archived 2008-09-12 at the Wayback Machine. (Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission)
5. Knott's Berry Farm Historical Background Archived 2009-07-20 at the Wayback Machine.
6. Peter B. Flint (December 5, 1981). "Walter Knott of Knott's Berry Farm". The New York Times. 
7. [1] Anaheim Public Library
8. "Boysen Park". City of Anaheim. 
9. How Orange County's places got their tags (Orange County Register. January 25, 2007)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

"The Shining" Actor & Entertainer Scatman Crothers 1986 Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills

Benjamin Sherman Crothers (May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986),[1] known as Scatman Crothers, was an American actor, singer, dancer and musician known for his work as Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico and the Man and as Dick Hallorann in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980).

He was also a prolific voiceover artist, and provided the voices of Meadowlark Lemon in the Harlem Globetrotters' animated TV series, Jazz the Autobot in The Transformers and The Transformers: The Movie (1986), the title character in Hong Kong Phooey and Scat Cat in the animated Disney film The Aristocats (1970).

Early life

Crothers was born in 1910 in Terre Haute, Indiana, the son of Fredonia Lewis and Benjamin Crothers.[2][3] He obtained the name Scatman when he auditioned for a radio show in 1932 at the former WSMK (now WING) in Dayton, Ohio. The director did not think his given name seemed catchy enough, so Crothers devised the handle Scat Man, although this talent, scat singing, would develop later. He continued to enjoy this talent throughout his career, even teaching scat singing to college students. Later, the nickname was condensed to Scatman by Arthur Godfrey. In his early career, he also associated with many Cleveland-based acts and frequently played on the scene in Ohio.


Crothers started his musical career as a 15-year-old drummer in a speakeasy band in his home town of Terre Haute. He played a variety of instruments, including drums and guitar, on jazz club band circuits in his early days as an entertainer. Among the people for whom he performed was the notorious gangster, Al Capone. Crothers formed his own band in the 1930s and traveled to Oakland, California, with the band in 1948. He played piano at the Port O' Call and Walt's 405 Club. He also appeared in a 1950 episode of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Radio Program performing "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" with Harris, who introduced him as Scatman Roth. He left Oakland to stay in Los Angeles in 1952.


Crothers made his official debut in the movie Meet Me at the Fair (1953). He worked in both movies and television, often taking bit parts. He also made musical shorts and played drums with Slim Gaillard in the mid-1940s. 

Crothers then landed a major supporting role in the 1970 animated film The Aristocats from Walt Disney Productions, providing the voice of "Scat Cat." He also performed the film's theme song "Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat." 

Good friends with Jack Nicholson, he appeared in four of his films: The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), The Fortune, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and The Shining (1980). 

His later film appearances included the role of a wizened fable-telling convict in the animated film Coonskin (1975), as a train porter in Silver Streak (1976), as a liveryman in The Shootist (1976), as a ringmaster of a struggling wild west show in Bronco Billy (1980), the Baseball coach and school teacher in Zapped! (1982), an angel in Two of a Kind (1983) and finally Mr. Bloom, a magician in the guise of an old man in the "Kick the Can" segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Crothers reprised his role as the Autobot warrior Jazz in The Transformers: The Movie.

Some sources erroneously list him as a dancer in the Duke Ellington short, Symphony in Black (1935), who is first seen dancing with a woman in his apartment before taking her out. Later, he encounters his jilted lover, played by the also uncredited Billie Holiday. They briefly have words, he pushes her down and exits with his new girlfriend before her song. This role was actually played by Earl Snakehips Tucker, who also appears at the end of the short.


Even though Crothers worked in television at the beginning of his career, he really came into his own in the medium doing voice-over work on several animated series, beginning as the singing voice for Go Man Van Gogh, "The Wildman of Wildsville," in Bob Clampett's Beany and Cecil cartoons (later taking over the speaking voice from Lord Buckley as well.) In the 1970s, fans recognized his distinctive voice as Hong Kong Phooey, and the voice of Meadowlark Lemon in the Harlem Globetrotters cartoon series. In 1966 an animated special from the Hanna-Barbera studios aired called The New Alice in Wonderland (or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?), a hip take on the Lewis Carroll story that featured Sammy Davis, Jr. as a swingin', beatnik Cheshire Cat; the special was followed up by an audio adaptation for records (on Hanna-Barbera's HB Records label), but with Davis exclusive to the Reprise label, Crothers provided the Cat's record voice, and an even more exuberant spin on the character. Additionally, he made guest appearances on many popular shows, including Dragnet in 1967, Bewitched and McMillan and Wife in 1971, Adam-12 in 1972 (as "George Strothers"), Kojak and Ironside in 1973, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Sanford and Son in 1974, Starsky and Hutch in 1977, Charlie's Angels and The Love Boat in 1978, Magnum, P.I. in 1980, and Taxi in 1983. Also in 1980, he was on two episodes of Laverne & Shirley as a porter. In the 1980s, he gained a new fanbase, providing the voice of the smooth-talking, music-loving Autobot Jazz on the television series The Transformers.

During his appearance on Sanford and Son he joined Redd Foxx for two musical numbers, one of which was a memorable version of the standard "All of Me,, where he accompanied Foxx on tenor guitar. Crothers starred in three short-lived 1980s television series — One of the Boys (1982), Casablanca (1983), and Morningstar/Eveningstar (1986).

Through all of the television characters that he played, he was most noted for his supporting role as Louie Wilson, the garbage man, on the sitcom Chico and the Man.


Crothers performed on piano and drums in several bands, most notably with bandleader Slim Gaillard. According to the jacket notes of the Let Freedom Sing CD set, Crothers was part of the music group The Ramparts who sang A.C. Bilbrew's "The Death of Emmett Till." He also recorded several solo albums and singles.


A heavy smoker most of his life, Crothers was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 1985, but he kept his condition a secret in order to continue working. The cancer eventually spread to his esophagus by mid 1986, rendering him unable to speak which effectively ended his career. He died of pneumonia on November 22, 1986, at his home in Van Nuys, California, at age 76.

Crothers is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.[4] In 1981, Crothers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in the motion picture industry, located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.[5][6]


King Cole Trio and Benny Carter Orchestra (1950) (short subject) as Himself
Yes Sir, Mr. Bones (1951) as Scathman
The Return of Gilbert and Sullivan (1952)
Meet Me at the Fair (1953) as Enoch Jones
Surprising Suzie (1953) (short subject)
East of Sumatra (1953) as Baltimore

Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) as Smiley Gordon

Johnny Dark (1954)
Team Berlin (1955) (short subject)
Between Heaven and Hell (1956) as George (uncredited)
The Gift of Love (1958) as Sam the Gardner (uncredited)
Tarzan and the Trappers (1958) as Tyana
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958) Episode #4.2 "Don't Interrupt" as Timothy
Alias Jesse James (1959) as the railroad porter (uncredited)
Porgy and Bess (1959) as Crabman
The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961) as Musinga
Lady in a Cage (1964) as the junkyard proprietor's assistant (uncredited)
The Patsy (1964) as the Shoeshine Boy
The Family Jewels (1965) as an airport employee (uncredited)
Three on a Couch (1966) as a jazz band member (uncredited)
Alvarez Kelly (1966) as Bellhop (uncredited)
Hook, Line and Sinker (1969) as a corpse (uncredited)
Hello, Dolly! (1969) as Mr. Jones, a porter (uncredited)
Bloody Mama (1970) as Moses the caretaker
The Great White Hope (1970) as a carnival barker (uncredited)
The Aristocats (1970) as Scat Cat (voice)
Chandler (1971) as Smoke
Lady Sings the Blues (1972) as Big Ben

The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) as Lewis

Detroit 9000 (1973) as Reverend Markham

Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) as Cleveland

Black Belt Jones (1974) as Pop Byrd
Truck Turner (1974) as Duke
Win, Place or Steal (1975) as the Attendant
Linda Lovelace for President (1975) as Super Black
The Fortune (1975) as the Fisherman
Coonskin (1975) as Pappy / Old Man Bone (voice)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) as Turkle

Friday Foster (1975) as Noble Franklin

Stay Hungry (1976) as William

The Shootist (1976) as Moses Brown

Chesty Anderson, USN (1976) as Ben Benson
Silver Streak (1976) as Ralson
Mean Dog Blues (1978) as Mudcat

The Cheap Detective (1978) as Tinker

Scavenger Hunt (1979) as Sam
Banjo the Woodpile Cat (1979) as Crazy Legs (voice)

The Shining (1980) as Dick Halloran

Bronco Billy (1980) as Doc Lynch

The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981) (made for TV) as Dewey Stevens

Zapped! (1982) as Coach Dexter Jones

Deadly Eyes (1982) as George Foskins
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) as Mr. Bloom (segment "Kick the Can")
Two of a Kind (1983) as Earl

The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) as Sherman

Morningstar/Eveningstar (1986) (TV Series) as Excell Dennis
The Transformers: The Movie (1986) as Jazz (voice)
Rock Odyssey (1987) as Jukebox (voice)


The Adventures of Jim Bowie - episode - The Quarantine - Cicero (1957)
Bonanza - episode - The Smiler - Jud (1961)
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964)
Harlem Globe Trotters - George 'Meadowlark' Lemon (1970-1971)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color - Disney on Parade - King Louie (voice, uncredited) (1971)
Bewitched - episode - Three Men and a Witch on a Horse - Handler (1971)
The Lorax - TV special - Singer (voice, uncredited) (1972)
Nichols - episode - Eddie Joe - Jack (1972)
The New Scooby-Doo Movies - episodes - The Ghostly Creep from the Deep/The Loch Ness Mess/Mystery of Haunted Island (1972-1973)
Kojak - episode - The Corrupter - Gaylord Fuller (1973)
Hong Kong Phooey - 16 episodes - Hong Kong Phooey / Penrod 'Penry' Pooch (1974)
Mannix - episode - The Green Man - Mudcat (1974)
The Odd Couple (1970 TV series) - episode - The Subway Show (1974)
McMillan and Wife - episode - Downshift to Danger - Floyd (1974)
Chico and the Man - Louie the Garbage Man (1975)
Sanford and Son - episode - The Stand-In - Bowlegs (1975)
Roots - TV miniseries - Mingo (1977)
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Angie Dickinson - TV Special - Himself (1977)
Laff-A-Lympics - Hong Kong Phooey (1977)
CB Bears - Segment title narrator (1977)
The Skatebirds- Scat Cat (1977)
Starsky and Hutch - episode - Long Walk Down a Short Dirt Road - Fireball (1977)
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels - Additional Voices (1977-1980)
NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney - TV Movie documentary - Himself (1978)
Charlie's Angels - episode - Angels in Vegas - Jip Baker (1978)
Vega$ - episodes -High Roller and The Usurper - Rosey (1978-1979)
The Super Globetrotters - Nate Branch / Liquid Man (1979)
The Incredible Hulk - episode - My Favorite Magician - Edgar McGee (1979)
Laverne and Shirley - episode - Murder on the Moosejaw Express Part 1 and Part 2 - Porter (1980)
Magnum, P.I. - episode - Lest We Forget - Tickler (1981)
Trollkins - Additional Voices (1981)
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island - TV Movie - Dewey Stevens (1981)
Jokebook - Main Title Singer (1982)
Benson - episode - In the Red - Rev. Tompkins (1982)

Casablanca - Sam (1983)

Taxi - episode - A Grand Gesture - Walt (1983)
This Is Your Life - episode - Scatman Crothers - Himself (1984)
Paw Paws - Eugene the Genie (1985-1986)
The Wonderful World of Jonathan Winters - Himself (1986)


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