Archive for June, 2010

Brittany Murphy’s grave marker

Monday, June 7th, 2010


Brittany Murphy’s grave is marked at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills


Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack






Brittany Murphy’s recently deceased husband, Simon Monjack, is resting next to her.



Dorothy de Borba Obituary

Saturday, June 5th, 2010


Dorothy de Borba dies at 85; child actress in ‘Our Gang’ comedies


 Dorothy de Borba, left, in a scene with Matthew “Stymie” Beard, Bobby “Wheezer” Hutchins and Shirley Jean “Measure” Rickert in “Our Gang.” (Associated Press / June 5, 2010)


She played Dorothy on the popular program in the early 1930s, appearing in 24 episodes. She was known for her light-brown hair that was typically done up in ringlet curls topped with a big bow.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
June 5, 2010


Dorothy de Borba, a former child actress who played Dorothy in the “Our Gang” comedies in the early 1930s, has died. She was 85.


Please click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Dorothy de Borba



William Andrews Clark Jr. Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever

Friday, June 4th, 2010
By Allan R. Ellenberger

Visitors to Hollywood Forever Cemetery invariably ask who is interred in the huge mausoleum in the center of the lake. The answer is William Andrews Clark, Jr., the second son of millionaire copper-king and Montana Senator, William A. Clark, Sr. (1839-1925).

Clark, a philanthropist, was founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1919) and a collector of rare books. At his death, he left his library of rare books and manuscripts to the regents of UCLA. Today, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library specializes in English literature and history from 1641 to 1800, materials related to Oscar Wilde and his associates, and fine printing.

The Clark family mausoleum is built on an island approached by a large bridge fashioned of 40-foot granite slabs. The artificial lake, island and bridge, which covers 50,000 square feet, were constructed in 1909 at a cost of $10,000. At the time it was said to be modeled after “one of the large cemeteries of the East.”

In January 1920, Clark bought the island and within a few weeks, contractors began work on the foundation of the mausoleum which is made of reinforced concrete. Clark contracted the Georgia Marble Company (Tate, Georgia) for $125,000 worth of white Georgia crystaline marble, where it was quarried but was cut here in Los Angeles.

The mausoleum, which was designed by architect Robert D. Farquhar, is in the Ionic style. The pediment is all in one piece. The bronze door was cast from a model design and made by an eastern sculptor.

The interior of the mausoleum is finished with reddish marble and the sarcophagi, of which there are seven, are in like material. The inside dome is finished with a design worked out in mosaic of pigeon blue and old gold. A similar mosaic is laid on the floor. The four interior stained glass windows were made by Lamm & Co. of New York. On the walls are Biblical scenes done in mosaic which 18 Italian artists labored on for 14 months.

The mausoleum was completed in 1921 at a cost of more than $500,000, which includes the island site, the bridge and the lake which had palely beautiful lotus blossoms, hyacinths and lilies from far-away lands.

When the mausoleum was completed, Clark transferred the body of his first wife, Mabel Foster Clark (1880-1903) to it from a vault in Butte, Montana, and also the body of his second wife, Alice McManus Clark (1884-1918) which was then resting in the family mausoleum of his uncle, J. Ross Clark, at Hollywood Cemetery.

There are seven sarcophagi in the mausoleum, three on each side, and one at the head where Clark is interred. Besides his two wives, also interred there is his only son, William A. Clark III (1902-1932), who died in an airplane crash. They all preceded him in death.

William Andrews Clark, Jr. died of heart disease at his summer home in Salmon Lake, Montana on June 14, 1934.



Clark’s father, Senator William Andrews Clark, Sr., is interred in his own grand mausoleum (above) at the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City.


‘Casablanca’ at Hollywood Forever

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010


cinespia – cemetery screenings season 2010 presents






hollywood forever cemetery:

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at gower

saturday, june 5, 2010


directed by michael curtiz (1942, 102 mins)

gates 7:30 pm movie 9:00 pm (NEW TIME)
no reservation necessary
$10 donation tickets available at gate
$5 parking available inside
as a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS!!


Bogie and Bergman star in one of the most romantic and exuberant films ever made. Rick owns a nightclub in war-torn Morocco, and when he runs into an old flame (Bergman), the sparks fly fast and furious. With Bergman at her most starry eyed and glamorous, the wry wit of Bogie’s wisecracks, and the classic song ‘As Time Goes By’, Casablanca is one of the incomparable greats.


Bring blankets, picnic dinner and drinks for this special night under (and above) the stars.


dr who djs spin before and after the screening


NOTE: Casablanca costar, Peter Lorre, is resting not far from where the film will be shown



Rue McClanahan Obituary

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010


‘Golden Girl’ Rue McClanahan dies



Associated Press
June 3, 2010


NEW YORK (AP) — Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 76.


Click here to continue reading the obituary for Rue McClanahan


Click below to see Blanche and the Lebanese / Lesbian




Paulette Goddard’s 100th Birthday

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010


Paulette Goddard








 Click below to watch Paulette Goddard, along with Charlie Chaplin in the ending of Modern Times (1936)






Marilyn Monroe’s 84th Birthday

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010


Marilyn Monroe




June 1, 1926, Los Angeles, California


Click below to watch Marilyn Monroe in a scene from Niagara (1953)