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Day of the Dead

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

The 10th Annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

 

 Day of the Dead

 

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Hollywood Forever

will be presenting its

10th annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration.

Admission $10.00 – 12 years & under are free.

 

The celebration features:

 

  • The procession will begin with an Aztec Ritual Blessing and will continue with a traditional “Oaxacan Burial” that represents the suffering of death and it concludes on stage welcoming the spirits to celebrate.
  • The community honors their beloved that have passed away by creating altars as offerings throughout the cemetery.
  • The 150+ Altars are entered in a contest.  1st prize $3,000, 2nd prize $2,000 and 3rd prize $1,000
  • Art exhibit in the Cathedral Mausoleum featuring work by the Linares Family and many more.
  • The world premier of the film “La Fiesta Eterna”, a film about the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos.
  • Children’s Area where kids can learn about this  ancient celebration though art, including traditional face painting.
  • Expected attendance of 20,000+ people. (based on 2008 attendance of 20,000)
  • Artists performing throughout the grounds such as Xavier Quijas, La Santa Cecilia, La Cafeteras and many more.
  • Concluding with a concert under the stars given by world renowned singer/songwriter and Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs.

  

Gates open at 4:00 PM

Gates Close at 11:00 PM

Lila Downs at 9:00 PM

The public can call 323.447.0999

for more information.

 

Dav of the Dead

 

Location Address:

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90038

323.469.1181

 

Contact: Liliana Rosas – 323.821.0785

 liliana@ladayofthedead.com

 

Background:

 

Dia De Los Muertos is a 3,000 year old Aztec tradition, alternately referred to as “All Souls Day”, where it is believed the spirits of our ancestors and we, the living, can meet face to face for one day a year.

 

For more info on the festival at Hollywood Forever please visit

 www.ladayofthedead.com.

 

For more historical context visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead

 

Lila Downs is a world renowned singer and songwriter and Latin Grammy winner from Oaxaca, Mexico. For more information please visit www.liladowns.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Hollywood Forever, resting place of Hollywood’s Immortals, has made national headlines with its innovative approach, including digital biographies, summer film series, concert series and more. For more info see www.hollywoodforever.com

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Mr. Blackwell’s Monument

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

Mr. Blackwell’s monument

 

Mr. Blackwell's marker

 

Mr. Blackwell

August 29, 1922, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York

Ocotober 19, 2008, Los Angeles, California

 

Mr. Blackwell's marker

 

 

Mr. Blackwell and Darren McGavin

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Delmar Watson’s Marker

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

Delmar Watson’s crypt has been marked

 

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Delmar Watson

July 1, 1926, Los Angeles, California

October 26, 2008, Glendale, California

 

Delmar Watson

 

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Byron Palmer Obituary

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

OBITUARY

Byron Palmer, Broadway and television performer, dies at 89

 

 Byron Palmer

 

Times staff and wire reports news.obits@latimes.com

Los Angeles Times 

 

Byron Palmer, 89, an actor and singer who broke through in the late 1940s in the hit Broadway musical “Where’s Charley?” and later co-starred on the TV show “This Is Your Music,” died of natural causes Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family announced.

 

Born June 21, 1920, in Los Angeles, he was the second of four children of Harlan G. Palmer, publisher of the old Hollywood Citizen News, and his wife, Ethelyn. While attending Occidental College, Palmer wrote obituaries for his father’s paper, then joined CBS as a page and eventually became a radio announcer.

 

During World War II, Palmer joined the Army Air Forces and ran a radio station on an island in the Pacific. Between news broadcasts, he sang tenor on the air with a quartet called the Music Mates. Soldiers sent him fan mail that persuaded him to take voice lessons after the war, his family said.

 

After acting as master of ceremonies for a touring “Hollywood on Ice” show, he starred with Ray Bolger in “Where’s Charley?” in 1948. He also was featured in the early 1950s Broadway revue “Bless You All” with Pearl Bailey.

 

In the movies, Palmer debuted in 1953 in “Tonight We Sing.” He also appeared with Jack Palance in “Man in the Attic” (1953), with Gordon MacRae in “The Best Things in Life Are Free” (1956) and in several other films.

 

On television, he had guest roles on several series, including dramas, but may be best known for co-starring with Joan Weldon on “This Is Your Music.” The show, which aired on KTTV-TV Channel 11, featured the pair singing “songs America loves best,” according to a 1955 ad in Billboard magazine.

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Byron Palmer's-grave

 

Byron Palmer’s grave in the Palmer family plot at Hollywood Forever. Palmer is buried next to his father, Harlan G. Palmer, publisher of the now defunct Hollywood Citizen News.

 

Byron Palmer

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Mr. Blackwell’s Grave Marker

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

The grave of fashion critic, Mr. Blackwell, is finally getting a marker

 

Mr. Blackwell's marker

 (Photos by Allan R. Ellenberger)

 

With the first anniversary of Mr. Blackwell’s death approaching (October 19), his grave marker is currently being constructed. Here are photos of it in its present stage with the engraving stencil still attached. It looks as though it’s going to be an imposing monument, worthy of the caustic fashion critic.

 

 

 Mr. Blackwell's marker

 

Mr. Blackwell’s marker is still in pieces and it looks like there is something yet to be attached to the top.

 

NOTE: Estelle Getty’s grave marker is still just a cement base. No progess yet.

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The Green Hornet – Take 2

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

FILMMAKING

Green Hornet – the sequel?

 

Green Hornet statue

 The headless statue of James W. Reid awaits his close-up

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
October 10, 2009

 

They’re back! No they haven’t begun working on the sequel for The Green Hornet yet, but they have returned to Hollywood Forever Cemetery for more filming. Today they were reassembling the statue of James Reid, obviously played by Tom Wilkinson in the film. The imdb does not list Wilkinson’s role but here is a close-up of the statue’s face. You decide.

 

Tom Wilkinson as James Reid

 

Tom Wilkinson

The real Tom Wilkinson

 

Green Hornet statue

A spare statue (seriously) waits in the wings for its big break.

 

 

Green Hornet-statue

Mr. Reid is reunited with his head.

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Evergreen Cemetery Tour

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

LOS ANGELES CEMETERIES

Evergreen Cemetery

 

Evergreen Cemetery

 

 

 By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Last Saturday I attended a tour of Evergreen Cemetery sponsored by the Studio for Southern California History. Led by Steve Goldstein, Joe Walker and Christian Lainez, the tour covered important historical figures at one of Los Angeles oldest cemeteries. Founded on August 23, 1877, Evergreen is also one of the cities largest with 67 acres and more than 300,000 graves.

 

 

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Saturdays tour guides were (l-r), Christian Lainez, Steve Goldstein and Joe Walker

 

Many historical and prominent figures are interred at Evergreen with such  family names as Bixby, Hollenbeck, Lankershim, Van Nuys and Ralphs. Many former Mayors of Los Angeles are also here as are local African American pioneers.

 

Hollywood personalities interred at Evergreen, though not in large numbers, include: Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Louise Beavers, and Matthew “Stymie” Beard.

 

 What follows are some of the more well-known historical figures covered on the tour:

 

 

May Chandler

 

Magdalena “May” Chandler, the first wife of Los Angeles Times executive, Harry Chandler. After May’s death, Chandler married the daughter of Times owner, Harrison Gray Otis and is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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Jesse Belvin

 

Jesse Belvin (1932-1960), singer-songwriter who co-wrote the song, “Earth Angel,” one of the biggest hits of the 1950s for the group, The Penguins.

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Van Nuys-Lankershim

 

Isaac Lankershim (1818-1882) and Isaac Newton Van Nuys (1835-1912), real estate developers and founders of  the cities of North Hollywood (once called Lankershim) and Van Nuys.

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Sam Hasins

 

Sam Haskins (1846-1895), the first black Los Angeles Fire Department member killed in the line of duty.

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George A. Ralphs

 

George A. Ralphs (1850-1914), founder of the Ralphs supermarket chain.

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Earl Rogers

 

Earl Rogers (1869-1922), famed Los Angeles attorney is reportedly the model for the fictional character, Perry Mason. Rogers is the father of journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns.

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 Cameron E. Thom

 

Cameron Erskine Thom (1825-1915), 24th mayor of Los Angeles and co-founder of the city of Glendale.

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William J. Seymour

 

William J. Seymour (1870-1922), African American religious leader, founder of the Pentecostal movement and the Azusa Street Revival.

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Bridget "Biddy" Mason

 

Bridget “Biddy” Mason (1818-1891), former slave, nurse, real estate entrepreneur and co-founder of First African American Episcopal Church. Her grave was originally unmarked until 1989 when Mayor Tom Bradley and members of her church laid the existing tombstone.

 

Evergreen Cemetery is located at 204 N. Evergreen Avenue

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Edwin Carewe Marked at Hollywood Forever

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Edwin Carewe (with megaphone) directing a scene as Mabel Normand looks on

Recently at Hollywood Forever, I discovered that the grave of director Edwin Carewe had a grave stone installed after more than 69 years of being unmarked. I don’t know who marked him but it is always great news when someone that has been forgotten finally gets identified with a marker. The director, who discovered Dolores Del Rio and many other famous stars, died in Hollywood on January 22, 1940 from an apparent heart attack.

Edwin Carewe was born Jay Fox in Gainesville, Texas on March 5, 1883. He attended the University of Texas and the University of Missouri majoring in dramatics. Early in his career when his flair for acting was expressed, a fellow New York actor suggested that he change his name, thinking that Fox was not good professionally. So he took the name Edwin from his favorite actor, Edwin Booth, and for his last name chose to use that of a character that he was playing in stock.

Carewe’s first stage experience was with the Dearborn Stock Company and he made his debut on Broadway with Chauncey Olcott. He appeared in plays with such stage actors as Otis Skinner, Rose Coghlan and Laurette Taylor in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles. Later, he entered motion pictures in 1912 with the Lubin Company.

As a director, he produced such films as Resurrection (1927), Ramona (1928), Revenge (1928), Evangeline (1929), and The Spoilers (1930), winning fame for its realistic fight scenes. Besides Del Rio, he encouraged the talents of Warner Baxter, Wallace Beery, Francis X. Bushman and Gary Cooper. His brother, Finis Fox (1884-1949), wrote many of his scenarios.

Over his career, Carewe directed films for Metro, Paramount, First National, Fox and others and at one time had his own lot, Tec-Art, on Melrose Avenue, opposite Paramount, where he made his biggest successes.

In 1925, he and actress Mary Aikin (whom he also discovered), eloped to Mexico. There he met Jaime Del Rio and his wife Dolores. He suggested that she return with him to Hollywood for a screen career. Carewe helped Dolores Del Rio become one of the biggest stars in silent films.

At one time Carewe was considered a millionaire. His percentage on Ramona and Resurrection, both with Del Rio, was close to $400,000. However he lost most of his fortune in a Texas garbage disposal deal.

Carewe’s health began to fail in July 1939 when he had a heart attack while driving his car and was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital. Not wishing to remain in the hospital, his doctor’s would only allow him to leave if someone was constantly with him. He agreed to move to 5603 Lexington Avenue in Hollywood into an apartment across the hall from his nephew, Winston Platt.

On January 22, 1940, a doctor was summoned to Carewe’s apartment and administered a sedative to him around 4 a.m. Carewe fell asleep and Platt stretched out on a couch in the next room. At 8 a.m. Platt was awakened and found his uncle dead.

Edwin Carewe died in his apartment here at 5603 Lexington Avenue, Hollywood.

Funeral services were conducted at the Pierce Brothers Mortuary (across from Hollywood Cemetery) by Rev. Willsie Martin of the Wilshire Blvd. Methodist Episcopal Church. More than 200 of Carewe’s friends gathered to pay their final farewell.

Among those who attended were Dolores Del Rio, garbed in black, who sat in front with her husband, Cedric Gibbons, the art director at MGM. She sobbed throughout the rites.

Edwin Carewe’s death certificate (click on image to enlarge).

On the whole, the chapel was filled with property men, electricians, cameramen, carpenters, grips, painters, other technicians and friends who made up the director’s crews when he was filming. Others who were present included Charles Murray, Guido Orlando, Rex Lease, Eddie Silton, William Farnum, Ivy Wilson, Wilford Lucas, James Gordon, Hank Mann, Roland Drew, George Renault, John Le Roy Johnston, John Boles and John Hintz.

In the ceremony and eulogy, Dr. Martin touched briefly on his pioneer endeavors in films and his making of Are We Civilized? (1934), his final film.

“He never failed a friend, he never carried bitterness in his heart and he was generous to a fault – a great attribute,” Martin said. “He was a man who never quit, a test of a thorough bred.”

Besides his widow, Mary Aiken, Carewe left five children, Sally Ann, William Edwin, Carol Lee, Rita and Mary Jane and two brothers, Finis and Wallace Fox.

After his interment at Hollywood Cemetery in 1940, Carewe’s grave went unmarked – until recently when an unknown benefactor placed a stone there.

Edwin Carewe’s grave is located in Section One, Grave 471, in the northeast part of the cemetery, very near to the east wall, in the same area as Flora Finch.

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Hollywood Forever Markings

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

Recent grave markings at Hollywood Forever

 

Maila Nurmi (Vampira)

 

Maila Nurmi aka Vampira

 

 

Bob Mitchell

 

Bob Mitchell

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Michael Kidd at Hollywood Forever

Friday, August 28th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

Michael Kidd

 

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

How many are aware that famed dancer and choreographer, Michael Kidd is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery? I didn’t know until a few months after his death in 2007 and I just recently found his unmarked grave.

 

He was born Milton Greenwald on August 12, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York. He made his stage debut in The Eternal Road (1937), and in 1942 joined the American Ballet Theatre as a soloist. Over the years he danced for Mikhail Fokine, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins and David Lichine.

 

Michael Kidd won five Tony Awards for his Broadway choreography: Finian’s Rainbow (1947), Guys and Dolls (1951), Can-Can (1953), Li’l Abner (1957), and Destry Rides Again (1959).

 

Films that he choreographed included: Where’s Charley (1949), The Band Wagon (1953), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), and Hello Dolly (1969). Kidd also acted and danced in movies. He appeared with Gene Kelly and Dan Daily in It’s Always Fair Weather, where they danced along a New York street with garbage-can lids attached to their shoes.

 

Kidd starred in the cult film, Smile (1975) and occasionally directed film and television (All in the Family, Laverne & Shirley). In 1993 he was nominated for a Tony award for directing Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl. In 1996, he was presented an honorary Oscar at the 69th Academy Award show .

 

Michael Kidd died in Los Angeles from cancer on December 23, 2007 at the age of 92. He was interred in the Pineland Section (13), Lot 847, Grave 1, next to a tree, about 20 feet southwest of Frank Keenan.

 

Michael Kidd grave

The grave of Michael Kidd (above) and his temporary marker (below)
(Photos by Allan R. Ellenberger)

 

Michael Kidd marker

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