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 Clinton H. Anderson

Clinton H. Anderson

Birth
Rhode Island, USA
Death 13 Dec 1989 (aged 86)
Huntington Beach, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Allegience, C-21150
Memorial ID 4040 · View Source
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American Folk Figure. Clinton began his career in law enforcement as a Beverly Hills police officer in 1929. He was promoted to chief of police in December, 1942. From 1942 until he resigned in 1969, Clinton protected the city's image as a sleepy little town for big screen stars. Back then, protecting the privacy of celebrities was an important part of the police force's mission. He directed some of the most sensational investigations in the nation, the stabbing of Johnny Stompanato by Lana Turner's 14-year-old daughter and the slaying of mob leader Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel in 1947. In 1950, he appeared before the state Senate Committee on Un-American Activities, accusing Assemblyman Vernon Kilpatrick of the 55th District of being a Communist. Kilpatrick countered by accusing Anderson of "launching a false offensive." In 1960 Clinton wrote "Beverly Hills Is My Beat," a book that chronicles notable events of his 39 years of law enforcement. In 1969, he was voted man of the year by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and Civic Assn. Over the years, of course, Beverly Hills has been home to some of the biggest names in show business, including the likes of Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Will Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, Jack Benny, James Stewart, Gary Cooper, Lucille Ball and Harold Lloyd. Each year for the last 30 years the Beverly Hills Police Department has awarded the Clinton H. Anderson Award to the officer who demonstrated "overall outstanding leadership and commitment to public service." He died at the age of 86, and is survived by his daughter and three grandchildren.

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  • Added: 22 Nov 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4040
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clinton H. Anderson (23 Nov 1903–13 Dec 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4040, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .