|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1939|
|Death: ||Oct. 11, 1988|
Los Angeles County
Ventriloquist of 'Wayland and Madame' fame. He was born in Dawson, Georgia, on November 26, 1939. In the 1960's, Flowers moved to New York City, and worked as an assistant puppeteer for a number of children's television shows. But while he entertained children during the day, he also developed "Madame". She was an "adults-only" puppet, a flamboyant old 'broad' festooned in outrageous evening gowns, tiaras, and what she called her summer diamonds; "some are diamonds and some are not". By the late 1960's, Flowers and "Madame" had become regulars on Rowan and Martins Laugh-In. Throughout the 1970's, Wayland Flowers and "Madame" appeared frequently on television, as the hosts of Solid Gold. The spent a lot of time on Hollywood Squares, where, after nearly a decade of guest appearances, they succeeded Paul Lynde, as the all-important center square. Wayland's other puppets included Crazy Mary (an escapee from Bellevue mental hospital), Jiffy (a Harlem harlot with a heart of brass) and Machelheny (a retired Vaudeville comedian. Wayland was not a true ventriloquist but a brilliant puppeteer. He would yield the spotlight to "Madame" or be off camera when she delivered her lines. As a result of this invisibility, very little attention was drawn to his personal life. Flowers died in Hollywood on October 11, 1988, a victim of the AIDS epidemic. It has been reported that "Madame" was buried with him. It is also said that comedian Joe Kovacs was helping "Madame" with her return.
(bio by: Paul G. Healy)
Wayland P Flowers (1912 - 1945)
Leila Horsley Flowers (1910 - 1983)
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Plot: Enter cemetery off of highway 520 and go through the brick columns, continue straight to the flagpole and turn left onto paved lane. Go down to the second dirt lane and turn left. Count 5 rows down and 4 rows deep, on the right side of the lane.
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Record added: Jun 02, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5587