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Page Peters at Hollywood Forever

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 29th, 2014
2014
Jan 29

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

Page Peters, Hollywood Cemetery’s first celebrity resident

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

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Page Peters was born in Louisville, Kentucky and educated at the Western Military Academy. Peters was one of Hollywood’s sexiest and most well liked actors at the time of his popularity around 1914 to 1916. He is not related to actor, House Peters. Among his more important roles in films were in Pasquale (1916) with George Beban; Davy Crockett (1916), The Gentleman from Indiana (1915), and Ben Blair (1916), with Dustin Farnum, An International Marriage (1916), with Rita Jolivet; He Fell in Love With His Wife (1916), with Florence Rockwell, and Madame La Presidente (1916) with Anna Held.

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On June 26, 1916, Peters and a party of friends drove down to Hermosa Beach from Los Angeles for a day’s outing at the home of a mutual friend, Harry Graves, at Fourth Street and Strand. Early in the morning, Peters and several of the house guests decided to take a dip in the Pacific ocean. Peters and a female friend ventured out beyond the others where,  apparently he was seized with a cramp. The young woman, a Miss Graves, tried to assist him to keep afloat and screamed for help, but it came too late. His body was found about one-hundred feet from the shore by some of the searchers in a motor boat. A pulmotor was brought down from Redondo Beach and men worked on the stricken actor for two hours in a vain effort to restore his life.

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The verdict of the medical examiner was that Page Peters, who was 27 years old, and very strong, died of heart failure rather than drowning.

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Peters funeral was held at Hollywood Cemetery a few days later on a day, which coincidentally was three years to the day that he first started working in films. The pallbearers were all members of show business and among the six were Al Christie, Horace Davey, Ray Meyers, and Raymond Russell, who worked with him in his first picture. At the request of his parents, the funeral was filmed under the direction of Al Christie, Peter’s first director and Anton Nadge, who photographed his first, filmed the funeral, using the same camera.

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Page Peters is possibly the first actor to be buried at Hollywood Cemetery. His grave, near the eastern wall across from the Cathedral Mausoleum, is unmarked.

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The unmarked grave of actor Page Peters is in the

general vicinity noted above, Section 9, Lot 428.

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Wallace Reid and family…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 21st, 2014
2014
Jan 21

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Wallace Reid visiting his mother and grandmother

in his old home at Atlantic Heights, New Jersey.

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Ruth Robinson Duccini Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 16th, 2014
2014
Jan 16

OBITUARY

‘Munchkin’ Ruth Robinson Duccini Dies at 95

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She was the last surviving female “little person” from “The Wizard of Oz.” Only Jerry Maren is left.

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Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the two surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz, died Thursday of natural causes in a hospice care center in Las Vegas. She was 95.

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Click HERE to continue reading the Hollywood Reporter obituary for Ruth Robinson Duccini

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Dave Madden Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 16th, 2014
2014
Jan 16

OBITUARY

‘Partridge Family’ Actor Dave Madden Dies at 82

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
January 16, 2014

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He was best known for his role as Reuben Kinkaid, who managed the Partridge family band.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Comic actor Dave Madden, who played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, died in Florida on Thursday at age 82.

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Click HERE to continue reading the Hollywood Reporter obituary for Dave Madden

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Russell Johnson Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 16th, 2014
2014
Jan 16

OBITUARY

Russell Johnson, 89, ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Sage, Dies

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By BRUCE WEBER
New York Times
January 16, 2014

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Russell Johnson, an actor who made a living by often playing villains in westerns until he was cast as the Professor, the brains of a bunch of sweetly clueless, self-involved, hopelessly naïve island castaways, on the hit sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died on Thursday at his home in Bainbridge Island, Wash. He was 89.

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Click HERE to continue reading the New York Times obituary for Russell Johnson

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