Joplin, Janis Lyn 'Pearl' b. January 19, 1943 d. October 4, 1970 Rock Singer. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, her father was a cannery worker and her mother a registrar for a business college. Graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, she was a member of the Glee Club and the Future Teachers of America. She attended Lamar State College and the University of Texas, where a fraternity voted her the ugliest man on campus in 1963. She dropped out and spent two years traveling, performing and becoming drug addicted. In 1966, she became the lead singer for "...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean
Prince (Nelson) (Prince Rogers) b. June 7, 1958 d. April 21, 2016 American Singer, Songwriter and Actor. Known professionally as 'Prince', whose music combined elements of rock, rhythm and blues, soul and funk, among other genres, sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. In 1978, he released his debut album, 'For You', which was followed by '...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Cooper, Jackie b. September 15, 1922 d. May 3, 2011 Actor, Director. Born John Cooper, Jr, nephew of director Norman Taurog, he entered the entertainment industry at the age of three appearing in Bobby Clark and Lloyd Hamilton comedies before moving onto the "Our Gang" series. During the 1930s, Cooper established himself as one of the most popular child stars of that era, endearing to audiences with his ability to make them laugh or cry. He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in "Skippy" (1930) which was directed by his uncle. More...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 64, Site 1903
Shakur, Tupac Amaru b. June 16, 1971 d. September 13, 1996 Musician, Rapper. His career lasted a mere five years. Tupac Shakur managed to record five albums which sold in the millions, appear in five films and on a regular basis make numerous high profile guest appearances. He was the devil, or a hero, or maybe a martyr to many and has become a legend Tupac Shakur was born in Brooklyn, a few months after his mother Afeni Shakur (Alice Faye Williams) was released from incarceration after being found not guilty by trial where she acted as her own...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered in his Mother's garden, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Haggard, Merle b. April 6, 1937 d. April 6, 2016 Country and Western Singer, Songwriter. One of the most popular country music performers of the late 20th Century, he had more than three dozen number one country hits in a musical career that spanned six decades, from the 1960s into the 2010s. Poverty marred his childhood and he began a career of theft and burglary in his teenage years. After his release from San Quentin prison in 1960, he turned to music in Bakersfield, which was becoming an important regional country music center...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Haggard Family Ranch, Palo Cedro, Shasta County, California, USA
Laurer, Joan 'Chyna' b. December 27, 1969 d. April 20, 2016 American Former Professional Wrestler, Bodybuilder and Actress. 'Chyna' rocketed to fame as a wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1997 to 2001. The former Womenís Champion was one of wrestling's biggest female stars and the only to win the Intercontinental Championship. Following her time in wrestling, she transitioned into acting appearing in several TV shows over the last two decades, including VH1ís 'Surreal Life' and 'Celebrity Rehab'. Among other shows she also guest...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Brown, James Joseph b. May 3, 1933 d. December 25, 2006 Singer. Nicknamed included "Godfather of Soul" and the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business", he was impoverished at birth. Raised by friends and relatives. he spent much time on the street, where he was engaged in various criminal activities. While in reform school, he met Bobby Byrd, whose family rescued him. He joined Byrd's musical group, which ultimately became the "Famous Flames". James Brown's first hit with the group was "Please, Please, Please" in 1956. His unique dance style was an...[Read More] (Bio by: countedx58) Cause of death: Heart failure Thomas Family Home Crypt, Beech Island, Aiken County, South Carolina, USA
Crosby, Bing (Harry Lillis) b. May 3, 1903 d. October 14, 1977 Actor, Singer. He is best remembered for his many "Road" movies with costar Bob Hope, for such classic movies as "Going My Way" (1944), "White Christmas" (1954), and for such songs as "White Christmas" (1942). Born in Tacoma, Washington, while studying law at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, he became interested in playing drums and singing with a local band. Teaming with the band's piano player, he went to Los Angeles in 1925, where they made a small living playing theaters and...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Grotto, L-119, space 1 GPS coordinates: 33.9904633, -118.3875732 (hddd.dddd)
Roberts, Doris b. November 4, 1925 d. April 17, 2016 Actress. Often cast in roles of motherly figures, notably of Italian origin, she will be fondly remembered for playing 'Marie Barone' in the TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996 to 2005). Born Doris May Green, to a Russian-Jewish mother, Doris caught the acting bug at an early age and first performed during a production while in kindergarden. Her father abandoned her family prior to her teenage years and following her mother's remarrying, she took her stepfather's last name Roberts. After...[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!
Paul, Billy b. December 1, 1934 d. April 24, 2016 Musician. He will be remembered for the Grammy Award-winning (Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Male), gold record "Me and Mrs. Jones" (1972). Born Paul Williams, he was raised in North Philadelphia. He developed a fondness for music after listening to his father's record collection during his youth and acquired experience performing on local radio programs. He was educated at Temple University and received his vocal training at West Philadelphia Music School and Granoff School of Music, prior to...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Astor, Mary b. May 3, 1906 d. September 25, 1987 Actress. Born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, in Quincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for her, they began with placing Mary into various beauty contests. In one contest that came to the attention of Hollywood moguls, they signed her at the age of 14. Her first movie was a bit part in The Scarecrow in 1920. Throughout 1921 to 1923 she...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Cause of death: Heart attack Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: N-L523-5. Facing the mausoleum, go 10 rows down the slope to your right. The grave is about 6 feet to the right of the large wide tree.
Parker, Suzy b. October 28, 1932 d. May 3, 2003 Model, Actress. She had one of the most recognizable faces of the 1950s and was a forerunner of the modern day supermodel. Born Cecelia Anne Renee Parker, she was known for her full red hair and beautiful bone structure. In 1957 she made her film debut in the musical "Funny Face" with Fred Astaire. Her other film credits include "Kiss Them for Me" opposite Cary Grant, "Ten North Frederick" starring Gary Cooper, and "The Best of Everything". She also appeared in "The Twilight Zone" and "Tarzan"...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Moody) Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA Plot: Island Section Lot 186 GPS coordinates: 34.4177017, -119.6573181 (hddd.dddd)
Duke, Patty (Anna Marie) b. December 14, 1946 d. March 29, 2016 American Actress. Born Anna Marie Duke, she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1962 at age 16 for playing Helen Keller in 'The Miracle Worker' and starred as two cousins in 'The Patty Duke Show.' In the late 1950s, she landed a role on the soap opera 'The Brighter Day' and also appeared in television commercials. In 1959, she appeared on The $64,000 Question and won $32,000 in the category of spelling. That same year, she appeared in a television adaptation of 'Meet Me in...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Forest Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho, USA
Cabot, Bruce b. April 21, 1904 d. May 3, 1972 Actor. Born Etienne de Bujac in Carlsbad, New Mexico, he is best remembered for the lead role as Jack Driscoll in the film "King Kong" (1933). He made his big screen debut in "Heroes of the Flames" (1931) and went on to appear in over a 100 movies. While on the set of "Angel and the Bad Man" (1947), he met John Wayne, they became close friends and Cabot played supporting roles in many of Duke's movies such as "The Comancheros" (1961), "Hatari" (1962), "McLintock!" (1963), "In Harm's Way" (1965)...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico, USA Plot: Division A, Block 48, Space 5 GPS coordinates: 32.2439613, -104.1408005 (hddd.dddd)
Sherwood, Madeleine b. November 13, 1922 d. April 23, 2016 Actress. Fondly remembered for playing 'Reverend Mother Superior Placido' in the TV series "The Flying Nun" (1967 to 1970), which starred Sally Field. Born Madeleine Louise Helene Thornton, she experienced her first taste of acting as a performer in a church play during her early youth. After choosing to pursue a career in entertainment, she studied acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in New York City and made her debut on American television in an episode of the series "The Philco-...[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!
Kono, Tamio 'Tommy' b. June 27, 1930 d. April 24, 2016 US Olympic Gold Medalist. A two-time Olympic champion in weightlifting, he received a gold medal in the Men's Lightweight Competition during the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki and a gold medal in the Men's Light-Heavyweight Competition during the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne. Additionally, he earned a silver medal in the Men's Middleweight Competition during the 1960 Summer Games in Rome. Regarded by many as being the greatest weightlifter to hail from the United States during his era, he was...[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!
Bondi, Beulah b. May 3, 1889 d. January 11, 1981 Actress. Stage career began at age 7 when she played the male role of Little Lord Fauntleroy and made her Broadway debut in 1925 in a play titled "One Of The Family." The 2-time Oscar nominee was most famous on film for playing mothers and grandmothers. She played the mother of Jimmy Stewart in four films, "Of Human Hearts," "Vivacious Lady," "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington," and her best known role as 'Ma Bailey' in the 1946 classic "It's A Wonderful Life." Then, in 1971 she played Jimmy Stewart'...[Read More] (Bio by: Decal) Cause of death: Pulmonary Complications due to injuries sustained in a fall at home. Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Houston, Sam b. March 2, 1793 d. July 26, 1863 Texas Republic Army General, Texas Republic President, Tennessee Governor, Texas Governor. He is best remembered as the General who defeated the Mexicans to win Texas independence. Born in Virginia in 1793, his family moved to Tennessee when he was 13 years old and lived in a frontier settlement, where Houston worked as a clerk in a trader's store. When he was 15, he ran away from home and lived with the Cherokee Indians in eastern Tennessee, where the Indians adopted him and taught him much...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, USA
Howard (Horwitz), Moe (Moses Harry) b. June 19, 1897 d. May 4, 1975 Actor. From a very early age he was interested in acting, a talent that was helped along by his voracious memory and capacity for memorizing just about anything, including all of the many books he read and all of the plays he saw when he was skipping school. His parents, however, were displeased by his constant truancy and his desire to have a career in show business, so he enrolled at the Baron DeHirsch Trade School in New York, where he took a class in electric shop. However, this only lasted...[Read More] (Bio by: Carrie-Anne) Cause of death: Lung cancer Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Garden of Memories, Alcove of Love, Wall C, Crypt 233