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Bob Mitchell Memorial

Saturday, July 11th, 2009


Bob Mitchell 


Bob Mitchell-program

The funeral for organist Bob Mitchell, who died on July 4, 2009, was held yesterday at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church. Interment was at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The following is from his funeral program:


Bob Mitchell was born in Los Angeles on October 12, 1912. He began piano study at four and pipe organ at the age of ten. He accompanied silent movies beginning in 1924 (age twelve) until 1928 when sound replaced live music. At eighteen, he was the youngest candidate to receive the degree of Fellow of the American Guild of Organists (F.A.G.O). He was a scholarship winner at Eastman School of Music and the New York College of Music and still found time to sing and play on his own radio show in New York City.


Returning to Los Angeles, he founded the Mitchell Choirboys in 1934 – which continued for nearly 70 years. They performed in some one hundred motion pictures, most notably Going My Way, The Bishop’s Wife, and White Christmas. They toured extensively – five times abroad and once around the world, and made thousands of radio and TV appearances.


Bob served overseas in the Navy during World War II, and was pianist/organist for Meredith Willson’s Armed Forces Radio Service Orchestra.


He served as staff pianist/organist at several Los Angeles radio stations – KFI, KHJ, KECA, among others, and on TV with Art Linkletter’s House Party, The Jack LaLanne Show, and even The Mitchell Choirboys Show. Bob and the choir were featured in the Academy-monimated short film Forty Boys and a Song, and he was  honored on Ralph Edwards’ This is Your Life


Bob was organist for four years for the Dodgers and Angels at the then new stadium, the only person to ‘play’ for both the National and American leagues at the same time. He was musical director for many religious institutions over his 87 years as a professional musician, and most recently regularly exciting his many fans at the Silent Movie Theatre, Hollywood. Bob passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, July 4, 2009.


Bob Mitchell's crypt


Bob Mitchell’s crypt at Hollywood Forever Cemetery  at the Sanctuary of Memories, Elevation 8, Crypt C-49 (this is the new section in front of the Abbey of the Psalms, the second corrider to your right as you face the Abbey). Bob’s crypt is the one at the top (third row) center. The flowers are from his service.



Maria Bennett at Hollywood Forever

Saturday, July 11th, 2009


Mary “Maria” Bennett:

The Cat Lady of Hollywood Forever


Maria Bennett


By Allan R. Ellenberger


Many old-timers who work and visit at Hollywood Forever Cemetery may remember Maria Bennett, the so-called Cat-Lady, who cared for many of the stray cats that made the cemetery their home. This was especially true many years ago before the cemetery was bought and restored by the Cassity family. At the time, the cemetery was going into bankruptcy, and with little or no staff to tend to the graves, the entire property was soon in shambles.


That, of course is another story. However, during this time many volunteers came forward to water the graves, pull weeds and make sure that many of the famous and not-so-famous still had some respect.


Maria Bennett's memorial

The inscription on Maria’s monument


Maria chose to take care of the stray cats that made the cemetery their home. She would come by on a regular basis to make sure the animals had food, water and shelter. She did this for many years. There are still cats living at the cemetery, many of them descendants of those that Maria cared for.


Maria died in 2007 at the age of 72 and was cremated at Hollywood Forever. While her ashes are not interred there, her son recently had a memorial placed there for her. Maria’s monument can be found in Section 2, across the road from Cecil B. De Mille.


Maria Bennett's monument

Maria’s monument is across the road from Cecil B. DeMille



Bob Mitchell’s Funeral

Thursday, July 9th, 2009


Services for theater organist Bob Mitchell


 Bob Mitchel (Cinecon)



Larry Harnisch
The Daily Mirror
Los Angeles Times


Daily Mirror fan Karie Bible of Film Radar reports the death of theater organist Bob Mitchell. Mitchell was a regular feature of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series. He was quite frail at this year’s event but it was good to see him.


Mitchell’s services are scheduled on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at  Christ the King Catholic Church, 624 N. Rossmore Ave. He will be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.


Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Assn. or Boys Town.


Here’s a field recording I made at Last Remaining Seats a few years ago of Mitchell playing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”


Thanks to our friend Jon Weisman of the fabulous Dodger Thoughts blog for reminding us that Mitchell was the first organist at Dodger Stadium.


 Interview with Bob Mitchell (YouTube)



Farrah Fawcett’s Funeral

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


Farrah Fawcett is remembered at downtown L.A. funeral


Farrah Fawcett's funeral


Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2009


The life of “Charlie’s Angels” star Farrah Fawcett was celebrated today at a private funeral in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.


Her longtime companion, Ryan O’Neal, was among pallbearers who accompanied the casket, covered in yellow and orange flowers, into the Roman Catholic cathedral. 


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Farrah Fawcett’s Funeral

Saturday, June 27th, 2009


Farrah Fawcett’s funeral to be held next Tuesday


Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal


Farrah Fawcett’s funeral has been set for this coming Tuesday, June 30th and will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles at 4PM. Fawcett will be laid to rest in a private ceremony which will be open by invitation only.  Her longtime companion, Ryan O’Neal is in charge of all the arrangements. Farrah’s son Redmond O’Neal will be temporarily released from prison to pay respects to his mother.



David Carradine’s Funeral

Sunday, June 14th, 2009


Hundreds Attend L.A. Funeral for David Carradine


  Guests arrive at the funeral of David Carradine.


Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2009


LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of people, including friends, family and former co-stars, attended a funeral service for actor David Carradine Saturday.


The service was held indoors at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, the cemetery adjacent to Griffith Park. The service was invitation only, and security guards stood outside the hall.


The funeral, attended by more than 400 people, lasted for more than two hours. Among the guests were numerous actors, including Michael Madsen, Jane Seymour, Tom Selleck, Frances Fisher, Daryl Hannah, Lucy Liu, Ali Larter, Edward James Olmos, Rob Schneider and James Cromwell.


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Affirmation of Life Ceremony for Ann Savage…

Monday, January 19th, 2009


Ann Savage


Ann Savage

Ann Savage

(February 19, 1921 – December 25, 2008)



By Allan R. Ellenberger


The affirmation of life ceremony for film noir actress, Ann Savage, was held on Sunday in the chapel of Hollywood Forever Cemetery with interment  in the Beth Olam Mausoleum. Those who spoke included Eddie Muller, writer and founder of the Film Noir Foundation; Arianne Ulmer Cipes, former actress and daughter of director Edgar G. Ulmer [Detour (1945)], and Kent Adamson, filmmaker and Savage’s manager.


Ann Savage memorial program

Memorial program


Eddie Muller and Ann Savage

A recent photo (2005) of Ann Savage and writer, Eddie Muller,
who spoke at today’s memorial (Films in Review)



Selected blessings and prayers from Christian, Jewish and secular writings were read. The ceremony concluded with the annointment of Savage’s urn with Chanel No. 5 — her favorite perfume. Following the service, a procession led guests to the Beth Olam Mausoleum niche where her cremains were placed with those of her husband, Bert D’Armand.


Procession to Ann Savage niche

Processional to the niche in the Hall of Solomon
in the Beth Olam Mausoleum



Ann Savage inurment

Preparation to inter the cremains of Ann Savage



Ann Savage niche

The urns of actress Ann Savage and her husband, Bert D’Armand



Ann Savage Memorial Tomorrow…

Saturday, January 17th, 2009


Ann Savage


Ann Savage Memorial Invitation


Funeral For Bettie Page…

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008


Bidding Bettie Page farewell


Bettie Page funeral


The pinup queen, who died Thursday at 85, was remembered at a private service conducted by the Rev. Robert Schuller.


By Louis Sahagun
Los Angeles Times
December 17, 2008


Legendary pinup queen Bettie Page was remembered at a private memorial service Tuesday as a taboo-breaking model who later gave it all up to become a devout Christian — only to reenter the public eye as a sexy trendsetter.


“So it is only fitting that her final resting place be here, not far from Marilyn Monroe’s final resting place,” said Mark Roesler, chairman of Indianapolis-based CMG Worldwide, which markets Page’s image, during the rite held at the Pierce Bros. Westwood Village Memorial Park.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Beverly Garland Memorial…

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Memorial planned for actress Beverly Garland



December 10, 2008


A memorial service for actress Beverly Garland, who died last Friday at the age of 82, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at her namesake hotel, Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood.


Instead of flowers, Garland’s family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, Box 51150, Los Angeles, CA 90051; or to the Interval House Crisis Shelters and Centers for Victims of Domestic Violence, Interval House, Beverly Garland Memorial Fund, Box 3356, Seal Beach, CA 90740.