I'm 36 years old, a lover of silent films, especially The Great Lover himself, Rudolph Valentino. I've always been fascinated with death and somewhat with cemeteries since I was a little girl. I enjoy coming to this site and visiting all the famous and non-famous internments here.
Jack Pickford Jack Pickford did not die from syphilis!!! He died from multiple neuritis -- do you know what that is? It's a horrible auto-immune disease much like MS or ALS. I think it is absolutely outrageous that no one bothers to check facts before putting that hideous rumor out there -- show me the doctor's report that says he ever had syphilis if you're going to make such a claim. He was already experiencing difficult walking from the disease by 1926 when it first began attacking him, and this is what ultimately caused his death. That is what is on his death certificate -- which is the only verifiable source one should be referencing. His grand nieces are and their children are still living you know. Think and research before repeating gossip from almost a hundred years ago.
Olive Thomas Please stop perpetuating this rumor started by Flo Ziegfeld of Olive drinking Jack's medication for STD. Her death was ruled accidental and even at the time it was said by the police and doctors attending that she drank a cleaning solution left in the medicine cabinet by the maid at The Ritz. This was a common mistake during this time, the tablets looked identical to aspirin and sleeping pills. Mercury laden treatments for syphilis during this time were in the form of salve (Blue Ointment) which could not be ingested. There was a huge public health push to get the public to stop putting mercury-laden cleaning tablets in the medicine cabinet because of the common deadly mistake.
Lionel Barrymore Marta, You might want to link in Lionel Barrymore's first wife Doris Marie Rankin (Mortimer) to his memorial. Memorial # 119371367. They were married from 1904-1922 and she is the mother of his daughters Mary and Ethel. Please let me know if you need add'l information. Abby
June Mathis Marta, Thanks for the nice bio on June Mathis. She's my 3rd cousin once removed! You might want to double check on the part about being with her mother when she died. Her mother was Virginia Mathis who died in 1922. Even though she exclaimed "Oh mother..." when she dying, I believe she was actually with her grandmother, Emily Hawkes.
Wallace Reid Suggestions for improving Mr. Reid's bio are in parentheses:
but his real love was(but his real loves were) writing and directing. But(,) because of his striking good looks and athletic abilities, he was put before the camera. For more than a decade(Over a period of more than a decade) he appeared in over(more than) a dozen films for many studios and quickly became a matinee idol. In 1913 Wally married Dorothy Davenport, an actress. She was only seventee(seventeen), but already a veteran of the stage and screen. Their marriage was a happy one,(delete comma) and a son was born in 1917 named Wallace Reid, Jr. They also adopted a girl, Betty, in 1922. While making "The Valley of Giants" in Oregon in 1919, Wally was involved in a train accident and severely injured. The doctors gave him morphine to deal with his excruiating (excruciating) pain. After he was released from the hospital, he was still in alot (a lot) of pain, On January 18, 1923, Wallace Reid died in his wife's arms. She never remarried. For the rest of her life Dorothy campaigned for the increased awareness of drug addiction,(insert a space here)and the terrible toll it takes on families and society. (bio by: Marta Monk)