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Mickey Rooney’s Funeral

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 20th, 2014
Apr 20



Mickey Rooney’s funeral held at Hollywood Forever




Mickey Rooney’s casket at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

(Family photo / Los Angeles Times April 18, 2014)



Yvette Vickers memorial

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 4th, 2011
Jun 4


Alone in life, Yvette Vickers is somewhat less alone in death



 Flowers and a photo are seen before the Beverly Hills memorial service for Yvette Vickers on Friday. (Stefano Paltera / For the Los Angeles Times / June 3, 2011)



At a memorial service for the former Playboy model and horror-film actress who lay undiscovered for nearly a year after her death, her half brother shares what little he knows of her mysterious life.


By Mike Anton
Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2011


If she hadn’t starred in the 1950s cult horror films “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” and “Attack of the Giant Leeches,” if she hadn’t posed nude for Playboy, few would have asked how 82-year-old Yvette Vickers could have died in her Benedict Canyon home and remained there undiscovered for nearly a year.


But Vickers did that and more. The voluptuous blond with bedroom eyes appeared on television and Broadway and in minor movie roles until her career petered out in the 1970s.


And so when her mummified body was discovered by a neighbor in April in a home overgrown with ivy and littered with clothes, junk mail and letters, it rated a couple of newspaper stories and an obituary that listed no immediate survivors.


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Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 24th, 2011
Mar 24


Elizabeth Taylor’s family attends burial at Forest Lawn



By Nardine Saad
Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2011


Elizabeth Taylor’s family and friends arrived about 10 minutes behind schedule to the Hollywood icon’s memorial service in Glendale on Thursday.


Dozens of fans and media outlets from around the globe lined the 1700 block of South Glendale Avenue for hours to catch a glimpse of the former actress’ star-studded family and friends as they passed through the grand wrought-iron gates of the memorial park where she will be laid to rest alongside her good friend Michael Jackson.


The limos arrived at 2:10 p.m. for the service, which was being held inside the Great Mausoleum where her body will be interred. Glendale Police Department spokesman Tom Lorenz said Taylor’s body was already inside the park.


The department was asked to assist in security for the three dozen to four dozen family members and friends expected to attend the service because of the proximity of an elementary school. Officer could be seen on motorcycles and others were in plainclothes.


The actress, who died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, converted to Judaism in the 1950s when she married her fourth husband, Eddie Fisher. Jewish tradition calls for a burial as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours, after a person’s death.


The cemetery is also the final resting place of movie stars John Wayne [he is actually at Pacific View Memorial Park], James Stewart and Sammy Davis Jr. Taylor and Jackson are in separate wings of the mausoleum, though she is near him, Lorenz said.


“There’s nowhere in the world where more famous people are laid to rest,” Lorenz said.



Lena Horne’s funeral

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on May 14th, 2010
May 14


Lena Horne funeral in New York City



Pallbearers carry the casket of entertainer and civil rights activist Lena Horne, into Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York, Friday, May 14, 2010.



Audra McDonald, Chita Rivera and Dionne Warwick were among the hundreds of mourners bidding a final farewell to legendary actress and singer Lena Horne Friday in her home state of New York.


Also attending the service at St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan was her granddaughter, actress Jenny Lumet, writer of the 2008 film “Rachel Getting Married.”


Horne “was so many ideas existing all at the same time in the same space and they were all conflicting and they were all true,” Lumet said. “I’ve tried to sum her up and I can’t sum her up; summing up really means it’s over and I think that she’s not over and that she’s quite infinite.”



 The daughter of Lena Horne, Gail Lumet-Buckley, second right, and grand-daughter Jenny Lumet third right, are surrounded by friends and family



Broadway veteran and “Private Practice” star Audra McDonald stood over the casket and sang “Amazing Grace,” according to the Associated Press. Others attending the funeral included opera star Jessye Norman, Vanessa Williams and Diahann Carroll.


Horne was remembered as a shy girl from Brooklyn who broke through decades of racism to emerge as a world-class entertainer and social leader. She died Sunday at age 92. (EURweb)



Corey Haim laid to rest

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 16th, 2010
Mar 16


Hundreds pack Thornhill chapel for Corey Haim’s funeral



Friends and family gather at Steeles Memorial Chapel for the
funeral for actor Corey Haim. (Andrew Wallace/Toronto Star)


Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
March 16, 2010


Toronto-born teen heartthrob Corey Haim, 38, was laid to rest Tuesday in a private ceremony attended by about 200 relatives and close friends.


The actor, who shot to stardom in the 1980’s with films such as The Lost Boys and Lucas, watched his movie career falter in the aftermath and openly struggled with addiction.


Haim, 38, died last Wednesday at the suburban Los Angeles home he shared with his mother, Judy. An autopsy has yet to confirm the cause of death but a police spokesperson openly speculated it may have been the result of a drug overdose.


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Brittany Murphy Funeral

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 24th, 2009
Dec 24


‘Thank you’ for Brittany


(Pacificcoastnews.com/Fame Pictures)


Her final scene: Family and friends gathered at the Church of the Hills yesterday to say goodbye to Brittany Murphy

New York Post
December 25, 2009


LOS ANGELES — Brittany Murphy’s grieving husband told a tight-knit circle of her closest relatives and friends yesterday how he’d always remember the “Clueless” star’s favorite words: “Thank you.”


“She was always grateful for everything,” screenwriter Simon Monjack told the 20 to 25 mourners, including director Penny Marshall and “24” actor Eric Balfour, assembled at Hollywood’s star-studded Forest Lawn cemetery.


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Michael Jackson’s Funeral

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 5th, 2009
Sep 5


Sleeping in Beauty ~ Rest in Peace, Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson's casket

Michael Jackson’s casket prior to entombment (© Reuters 9/3/2009)


Check out Lisa Burks’ blog for an eyewitness report of Michael Jackson’s funeral:


“Ten weeks after his untimely death, Michael Jackson was finally laid to rest last night at Forest Lawn Glendale in the Great Mausoleum, Holly Terrace, during a much publicized private funeral.”


Click here to continue reading the article from Lisa Burks blog, “Adventures in Graving”



Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 23rd, 2009
Aug 23


The 82nd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service


Valentino's grave marker


By Allan R. Ellenberger


Today the fans of Rudolph Valentino arrived in the heat and humidity to Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the actors 82nd annual memorial service. The Memorial Committee once again surpassed their previous efforts in providing a dignified and entertaining celebration of the life of silent film actor, Rudolph Valentino.


Cathedral Mausoleum


Fans enter the Cathedral Mausoleum (above) to attend the the 82nd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service.



Cathedral Mausoleum foyer


The foyer of the Cathedral Mausoleum where fans gathered to begin today’s service.



Channell O Farrill


Chanell O Farrill welcomes everyone on behalf of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.



Tracy Ryan Terhune


Valentino author and emcee, Tracy Ryan Terhune gave the opening remarks and introduced each of today’s speakers. The first speaker for the day, Jeanine Villalobos, the great-granddaughter of Rudy’s brother, Alberto, was delayed by that-infamous Los Angeles traffic, but the show must go on so a Valentino video based on the upcoming photo book by Valentino authority, Donna Hill, was premiered.



Garrett Bryant


 Actor Garrett Brant gave a reading of three selected poems from Valentino’s book of poetry, Daydreams.




The late Bob Mitchell in a photo from last years service.


There was a moving tribute to organist Bob Mitchell as a recording of Mitchell’s organ music played. Mitchell, who played the organ at many former Valentino services, passed away on July 4th and is also interred at Hollywood Forever.



Tracy Terhune and Vince Morton


Tracy Terhune presents an award for the late Bob Mitchell to his partner and friend, Vince Morton (above), who also perfomed the music for today’s service.



Jeanine Villalobos


Jeanine Villalobos (above), the great-granddaughter of Alberto Guglielmi Valentino, spoke about her uncle’s funeral and read from archival letters of Alberto to his wife Ada. Ms Villalobos also commended the memorial committee for conducting the services, both past and present, with respect and decorum.



Craig MacPherson


Craig MacPherson (above) shared his thoughts on the influence of Natacha Rambova in the life of Valentino. The 2009 Valentino Memorial Video showing the relationship of Valentino and Rambova was premiered to the song, “If I Love Again.”



 Christopher Riordan


Christopher Riordan (above), manager of Falcon Lair, shared his memories and the current and future of Valentino’s former home. Singer Ian Whitcomb entertained the audience with the songs, “My Buddy” and the perennial, “The Sheik Of Araby.” Valentino Memorial Committee member, Stella Grace, then led the audience in repeating the 23rd Psalm.



Marvin Page, Stella Grace, Chanell O Farrill and Tracy Terhune


The Valentino Memorial Committee: Marvin Page, Stella Grace, Chanell O Farrill and Tracy Ryan Terhune (missing is Jay Boileau).



Mike Francis, Kari Bible, Allison Francis


Celebrating the life of Rudolph Valentino are Michael Francis, Kari Bible, the Lady in Black and Allison Francis.



Flowers at the crypt of Rudolph Valentino


 Flowers surround the crypt of Rudolph Valentino.



Valentino memorabilia


The mysterious Sue Guldin reads a newspaper account of Valentino’s death.



Valentino memorabilia


Valentino memorabilia on display provided by Marvin Page.



Stella Grace and Tracy Terhune


Valentino authorities and memorial committee members, Stella Grace and Tracy Ryan Terhune (above). Stella, Tracy and the rest of the committee worked hard to produce a service that was respectful and entertaining. They should be congratulated. We look forward to next year.


Photos by Allan R. Ellenberger



Marilyn Monroe Memorial

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 5th, 2009
Aug 5


The 47th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death


Marilyn Monroe


Today was the 47th anniversary of the death of actress Marilyn Monore. Each year a memorial is held at her grave at Westwood Memorial Park. Here are a few photos of todays memorial courtesy of Frank Keith.


Marilyn Monroe-memoral

 Marilyn’s crypt (Courtesy of Frank Keith)



 Memorial bench in front of Marilyn’s crypt (Courtesy of Frank Keith)



 Paramount’s A C Lyles with Marilyn fan (Courtesy of Frank Keith)



 Westwood chapel where Marilyn’s services were held (Courtesy of Frank Keith)



Memorial wreath (Courtesy of Frank Keith)


Footage of Marilyn Monroe’s funeral



Gale Storm Memorial

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 14th, 2009
Jul 14


Gale Storm memorial service set


Gale Storm


A memorial service for actress Gale Storm, star of the 1950s situation comedies “My Little Margie” and “The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna,” will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at South Shores Church, 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, Monarch Beach in Dana Point. Storm died June 27 at age 87.



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