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 Beryl Wallace

Beryl Wallace

Birth
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 17 Jun 1948 (aged 31)
Aristes, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Gardens of Memory (NorthWest garden; locked, no public access), Map #01, Distinguished Memorial – Private Garden 60 (aka the Little Garden of the Infinite)
Memorial ID 5174 · View Source
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Entertainer. Real name Beryl Heischuber. Born in Brooklyn to Austrian-Jewish immigrants, she made her Broadway debut in 1928 as a chorus girl in the "Vanities" musical revue. There she caught the roving eye of producer Earl Carroll, who made her his mistress and gave her increasingly prominent roles in his shows. She later accompanied him to Hollywood and became his lifelong companion. A statuesque brunette with a flair for musical comedy, Wallace appeared in 23 films, including "Murder at the Vanities" (1933), "Romance of the Rockies" (1937), W.C. Fields' "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" (1939), "Johnny Eager" (1942), and "I Married an Angel" (1942). She also had her own weekly show on NBC Radio, "Furlough Fun", in the early 1940s. But her chief claim to fame was as the headliner of Carroll's popular supper club-theatre in Hollywood, which opened in 1938. The building's exterior bore a 24-foot likeness of Wallace in neon, crowned by the slogan, "Thru These Portals Pass The Most Beautiful Girls In The World". It was a well known local landmark for years. On June 17, 1948, Wallace and Carroll were among the 43 who died in the crash of United Airlines Flight 624 at Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. In an eerie coincidence, a few months earlier Carroll had added a codicil to his will stating that if he and Wallace died simultaneously, their ashes were to be buried together. And so they were, in a private garden at Forest Lawn in Glendale. In 1993 a full-scale replica of Wallace's famous neon portrait was created by the Museum of Neon Art. It is now on display at the Universal City Walk, Universal City, California.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 18 Apr 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5174
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Beryl Wallace (29 Sep 1916–17 Jun 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5174, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .