McKuen, Rod b. April 29, 1933 d. January 29, 2015 Poet, Composer, Songwriter and Singer. McKuen was a prolific force in popular culture, turning out hundreds of songs and poems and recordings in the 1960s and '70s which made him one of the best-selling poets in history. He spent his teens ranching and roping horses in a rodeo and wrote poetry in his free time. After serving as a propaganda writer in the Korean War, he wound up in San Francisco, where his friend Phyllis Diller helped him find work in the growing nightclub scene. He went on to...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Lanza (Cocozza), Mario (Alfredo Arnold) b. January 31, 1921 d. October 7, 1959 Singer, Actor. First singer to earn Gold Records (over 1 million copies sold) in both classical and pop categories. Born Alfred Arnold Cocozza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he left high school early to work in his uncle's grocery store, until he auditioned for a music scholarship in 1942. During World War II, he was drafted into the Army, and served until the end of the war. His wife, Betty Hicks Lanza, was the younger sister of his Army buddy, Bert Hicks, and they married shortly after...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Mausoleum, Block 46, Crypt D2 GPS coordinates: 33.9938431, -118.3839722 (hddd.dddd)
Bridges, Rocky b. August 7, 1927 d. January 27, 2015 Major League Baseball Player, Coach. For eleven seasons (1951 to 1961), he played at the second base, third base and shortstop positions with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels. Born Everett Lamar Bridges, he was raised in California and attended Polytechnic High School (Long Beach). Signed by Brooklyn as an amateur free agent in 1947, he marked his Major League debut with the Dodgers on April...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Saint Thomas Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho, USA Plot: Chapel Wall, S Inner, R I, N 16
McCullough, Colleen b. June 1, 1937 d. January 29, 2015 Author. She will be remembered for penning the bestseller "The Thorn Birds" (1977). The novel was adapted into a highly-viewed miniseries in 1983 which starred Richard Chamberlain as the Catholic priest who encountered a forbidden love affair with a young woman in the Australian Outback. Raised in Sydney, she received her bachelor's degree in Neurophysiology and founded a unit in that field at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. She moved to England in 1963 and earned a master's degree in...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Norfolk Island Cemetery, Kingston, Norfolk Island
Kyle, Chris (Christopher Scott) b. April 8, 1974 d. February 2, 2013 Military Figure, Author. He is best remembered for his autobiographical book "American Sniper," a New York Times bestseller that described his military career as a US Navy SEAL sniper. His father was a Sunday school teacher and church deacon who taught him how to hunt and shoot at a young age. After graduating from high school he became a professional bronco rodeo rider but quit after severely injuring his arm. After his arm healed he decided to join the military and signed with the US Navy to...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA Plot: Section:Statesmans' Meadow, Section 2 (G) Row:A Number:10
Balson (Perley), Sandy (Sandra) b. December 18, 1930 d. January 21, 2015 Actress. A pretty blonde, she is remembered for her roles in numerous screen features of the 1970s. Though little is recorded of her early life, she was born Sandra Perley and made her television debut in a 1969 episode of "The Outsider". Sandy went on to appear in such fare of the day as "Longstreet" and "Mannix", made her silver screen bow in the 1972 "Stand Up and Be Counted", and also in 1972 had probably her best known film role as Charlotte in "Last of the Red Hot Lovers". She was seen in...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Chauvin, Yves b. October 10, 1930 d. January 28, 2015 Nobel Prize Recipient. In 2005, he was co-recipient of the Chemistry Nobel Prize for his contribution to organic synthesis, providing a detailed mechanism for how metathesis reactions are catalysed. Trained as a chemical engineer, he graduated from the Lyon School of Industrial Chemistry in 1954. Going on to work at the French Institute of Petroleum in 1960, he researched new processes for the petrochemical industry. In the 1970s and 1980s, Chauvin published several books and chemistry magazine...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Beaumont-la Ronce Cemetery, Beaumont-la-Ronce, Departement d'Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France
Banks, Ernie 'Mr. Cub' b. January 31, 1931 d. January 23, 2015 Hall of Fame Baseball Player. A career .274 right-handed batter, he amassed 512 homeruns and 2,583 hits during his 18-year Major League career, which was spent entirely with the Chicago Cubs. He was a 14-time All-Star, a 2-time National League MVP and won a gold glove at shortstop in 1960. Most of his games were played at the shortstop or first base position. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. In 2013, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his...[Read More] (Bio by: Mike Beard) Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Wright, Orville b. August 19, 1871 d. January 30, 1948 Inventor. The younger of the two brothers who would invent the airplane and start the aerial age, he outlived his brother Wilbur by 36 years. Wilbur and Orville started a printing business in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio which soon expanded to a bicycle shop. Their interest in flying was peaked by their father, Milton, a well educated bishop in the Church of The United Brethren in Christ. The brothers inherited their mother Susan's mechanical ability (she made small appliances and toys)...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA Plot: section 101 lot 2533
Franklin, Joe b. March 9, 1926 d. January 24, 2015 Television Personality, Author. Nicknamed "The King of Nostalgia". Regarded by many as a pioneer of the television talk show format, his program "The Joe Franklin Show" ran for more than 40-years from 1950 until 1993. At one point, he earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest running talk show program. Born Joseph Fortgang, his association with the entertainment industry began during his mid teens, when he worked behind-the-scenes for such radio personalities as Al...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Douglas (Smith), Donna (Doris) b. September 26, 1932 d. January 1, 2015 American Actress. Douglas, who grew up in Baton Rouge, will best be remembered for her role as Elly May Clampett in the 1960s CBS television series, 'The Beverly Hillbillies'. Born Doris Smith, she attended a Catholic High School where she was active in sports. In 1957, she was named "Miss Baton Rouge" and was later crowned "Miss New Orleans". Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting and started out as a model for toothpaste advertisements. She was featured on...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Bluff Creek Community Cemetery, Bluff Creek, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, USA
Mamey, Norman Henry b. November 7, 1948 d. January 22, 2015 Conductor. He was prominent musical figure known for his work for television, films and orchestration. A graduate of composition from Pepperdine University, he received his Master of Arts in Symphonic Conducting at the University of California, Los Angeles. He conducted orchestras such as The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Dusseldorf Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Symphony of the New World Orchestra and Capistrano Symphony Orchestra. For motion pictures, he scored...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Oswald, Lee Harvey b. October 18, 1939 d. November 24, 1963 Accused Assassin of 35th US President John F. Kennedy. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Robert Edward Lee Oswald and Marguerite Claverie. His father died of a sudden heart attack, and Lee was raised by a succession of step-fathers. Growing up, he was considered a loner, not very good academically, and dropped out of high school when he was 15. When he was 16, he took an...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA Plot: Section 17 GPS coordinates: 32.7324486, -97.2032394 (hddd.dddd)
Yates, Pauline b. June 16, 1929 d. January 21, 2015 Actress. She was an English performer, best known for her a role as Elizabeth Perrin on the BBC television series, “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin” (1976-79). After leaving school, she went straight into acting in stage shows at age 17. In 1957, she was cast in the role of Estelle Waterman for the British TV soap opera “Emergency Ward 10”, followed by the films “Fly Away Peter” (1959) and “Identity Unknown” (1960). Her other film credits included “Never Mention Murder” (1964), “Darling” (...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Andrews, Patty (Patricia Marie) b. February 16, 1918 d. January 30, 2013 Singer. She shall be remembered as one third of the legendary trio The Andrews Sisters. Born Patricia Marie Andrews to a Greek immigrant family originally named Andreas, she was raised along with her sisters Maxine and La Verne in the Minneapolis suburbs; the girls formed their ensemble when Patty, who became the lead vocalist, was seven then when she was 12 they won their first major competition. They refined their art at county fairs and in Vaudeville then as their skills and popularity...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Williams, Charlie b. October 7, 1947 d. January 27, 2015 Major League Baseball Player. He will be best remembered as "The man who was traded for Willie Mays". For eight seasons (1971 until 1978), he was a pitcher with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. Born Charles Prosek Williams, he attended Great Neck South High School in New York and later Parsons College in Iowa. Selected by the Mets during the 1968 Amateur Draft, he marked his Major League debut on April 23, 1971. During that year, he pitched in 31 games. Williams began the 1972 season...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Temple, Shirley b. April 23, 1928 d. February 10, 2014 Actress, United States Diplomat. She is considered an icon of American cinema, she is arguably the most successful child film star in motion picture history. She started taking dancing lessons at the age of three, and had her first experience in motion pictures when she was chosen to appear in a series of films called "Baby Burlesks", in which she was to imitate the top female stars of the time. She caught the attention of movie audiences with a dance number called "Baby Take a Bow" in the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Nagle, Kel b. December 21, 1920 d. January 29, 2015 Hall of Fame Professional Golfer. He will be remembered for besting Arnold Palmer to capture the 1960 British Open crown. He compiled 61 wins on the PGA Tour of Australasia, prior to turning professional in 1946. In 1965, he finished runner-up to Gary Player in the US Open. During the course of his career, Nagle recorded at least one PGA victory from 1946 until 1975. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Gordon, Susan b. July 27, 1949 d. December 11, 2011 Actress. A child star from the late 1950s to the late 1960s, she is probably best known for a particularly memorable episode of "The Twilight Zone". The daughter of producer Bert Gordon, she was raised within the show business milieu and made her silver screen bow as a Girl Scout with a broken doll in 1958's forgettable horror flick "Attack of the Puppet People". Susan got to sing as the younger incarnation of Danny Kaye's daughter Dorothy Nichols in "The Five Pennies" (1959) and that same year...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Kedumim Cemetery, Kedumim, HaZafon (Northern District), Israel