Mason, James b. May 15, 1909 d. July 27, 1984 English Actor. James Mason made more than 100 films in his 40 year career in both England and the US. He played assorted villains, military men and some dubious romantic leads. His films ranged from the superb to the trashy. His three Oscar Nominations: 'The Verdict (Best Supporting Actor), Georgy Girl ( Best Supporting Actor) and A Star Is Born (Best Actor).' However: No Oscars but The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, 'A Star Is Born.' A Hollywood Fixture and a prolific movie maker in...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Cause of death: Heart attack Corsier Cemetery, Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland
Nestlé-Ehmant (Nestle), Henri (Heinrich) b. August 10, 1814 d. July 7, 1890 Business Magnate. Founder of Nestlé S.A., the world's biggest food and beverage company, as well as one of the main creators of milk chocolate.
Henri Nestlé had sold his company by the end of 1874 and moved with his wife into Villa Nestlé, where they helped people with small loans and publicly contributed towards improving the local infrastructure.
Niven, David (James David Graham) b. March 1, 1910 d. July 29, 1983 Actor, Producer. Most remembered for his dapper English roles in such films as the Pink Panther series, "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1956), and numerous other films, he won the Academy Award for Best Male Performance for his role in "Separate Tables" (1958). Born in London, England, the son of a British Army Captain who was killed at Gallipoli in 1915, he attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy, where he was commissioned and served two years with the Highland Light Infantry...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Chateau D'Oex Cemetery, Chateau D'Oex, Vaud, Switzerland
Payn, Graham b. April 25, 1918 d. November 4, 2005 Actor and Singer. He was born at Pietermaritzburg, in Natal, South Africa. He played Curly in Peter Pan at the Palladium at age 13 and appeared in Coward's Words and Music, a 1932 revue, a year later. Later, he become his lover and literaty executor. His sweet-voiced appeared in pantomimes, plays and musicals in the 20th century and appeared in the 1948 Broadway run of Coward's Tonight at 8:30. Coward wrote roles for him in the West End musicals Pacific 1860 and Ace of Clubs. In 1954, he...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cimetière de Clarens-Montreux, Clarens, Vaud, Switzerland
Pratt, Hugo b. June 15, 1927 d. August 20, 1995 Illustrator. He was born near of Rimini (Italy). He began his career in the magazine Albo Uragano with characters such as Ray e Roy, Aprile e Il Fantasma and later, Sargent Kirk. But he is fondly remembered for his character Corto Maltese, that triumphed around the world. He died in Pully, near Lausanne, Switzerland. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Grandvaux Cemetery, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Prince Paul of Yugoslavia b. April 15, 1893 d. September 14, 1976 Yugoslavian Monarch. He was the son of Prince Arsen Karageorgevich and the brother of King Peter I of Serbia, and a man of culture. He read history at Christ Church in Oxford, England, and in 1934 when King Alexander was assassinated during the minority of King Peter II, he became regent. In March 1941 he was overthrown and went into exile, just before the Nazis overran his country. Cimetiere de Bois-de-Vaus, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Semkow, Jerzy b. October 12, 1928 d. December 23, 2014 Conductor. A prolific and versatile maestro, he shall probably be best remembered for interpreting the music of Beethoven. Trained by several notable grand masters including Tulio Serafin, Erich Kleiber, and Bruno Walter, he got his first podium job as an associate with the Leningrad Philharmonic, then after gaining experience with the Bolshoi was appointed Principal Conductor of the Warsaw National Opera in 1959. Though possessed of an eccentric baton technique and a somewhat off-puting...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimetière de Vallorbe, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Sutherland, Joan b. November 7, 1926 d. October 10, 2010 Opera Singer. Called "La Stupenda", she was considered probably the foremost coloratura soprano of her generation. Raised in Sydney, she received her early vocal training from her mother, a respected mezzo soprano, made her concert debut as Dido in a 1947 performance of Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas", and her 1951 operatic bow in Eugene Goosens' "Judith". Joan then used the prize money from a competition to finance further study in London; an admirer of the legendary Kirsten Flagstad, her...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Clarens Cemetery, Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland
Ustinov, Sir. Peter b. April 16, 1921 d. March 28, 2004 Actor, Motion Picture Director, Educator. He is best remembered for his film roles of vain, selfish, insolent and rude characters. Born of Russian descent, where his grandfather, an officer in the Czar's Army, was exiled for refusing to convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church (he was Protestant), his mother was Nadia Benois, also of a Russian exile family in London. He began acting at age 17, sold his first screenplay at age 24, and directed his first film at age 25. During World War II, he...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Heart failure Bursins Cemetery, Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland
Viotti, Marcello b. June 29, 1954 d. February 16, 2005 Musician and Conductor. Born to immigrant Italian parents (his father was a music-loving blacksmith), in Vallorbe, Switzerland, he was considered a leading conductor in the European concert and opera scene. He attended the music conservatory in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he studied piano, cello and singing. His international career leaped forward after he won the prestigious Gino Marinuzzi conducting award in Italy in 1982. He rose to prominence as chief conductor of the Turin Opera and then...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cimetière de Vallorbe, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland