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Rudy Vallee

  • Birth 28 Jul 1901 Island Pond, Essex County, Vermont, USA
  • Death 3 Jul 1986 North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Westbrook, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
  • Plot Second row in from Stroudwater Street. Rudy's gravestone and brother's have disappeared, Stones were replaced. The family stone remains.
  • Memorial ID 4143

Singer, Actor, and Band Leader. He was born Hubert Prior Vallee, and changed his name to Rudy after the great saxophonist, Rudy Wiedoft. He wanted to serve in World War I, so he enlisted in the Navy in 1917 and was discharged after 41 days when it was discovered he was only 15 years old. He was too old for World War II, so he joined the 40 piece Coast Guard band and entertained troops until 1944. His first marriage was annulled and his second ended in divorce. He then married the younger actress, Jane Greer and that also ended in divorce. He married for the fourth time in 1946 and that lasted until his death in 1986. They reconciled and she wrote a memoir, "My Vagabond Lover." He enjoyed a long and varied career. His first recording contract came in 1928 and his feature film debut occurred in 1929. That was the same year he began hosting the first of his radio shows. He could sing fluently in three different Mediterranean languages and always varied the keys. In 1937 he attended law school in Boston, Massachusetts. His last significant hit was a 1943 rerelease of the hit he made 15 years earlier, "As Time Goes By" which was featured in the 1943 movie, "Casablanca." In the 1960s he appeared as the character Lord Marmaduke Fogg in the TV hit series, Batman. He died of cancer at the age of 84.

Bio by: Tom Todd

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 10 Dec 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4143
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rudy Vallee (28 Jul 1901–3 Jul 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4143, citing Saint Hyacinth Cemetery, Westbrook, Cumberland County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .