( 1915 – 1959 )
Born Eleanora Fagan, “Lady day” was an American Jazz Singer and song writer. “God Bless the Child”, “Lady Sings the Blues”, Fine and Mellow” are classics. Also, Listen to “Strange Fruit”………
A life of prostitution(Her mother was a prostitute, and brought her daughter in at the age of 14) , drugs, alcohol. cut her life short at the age of 44, and if ever anyone lived the blues, it was her.
But her voice…… Silk. Listen to her recordings if you want to hear a magic voice.
Diana Ross portrayed her in the 1972 movie “Lady Sings the Blues”
She is buried in The Bronx, NY, at St. Raymonds Cemetery .
( 1902 – 1989 )
An American stage and television actress, she was originally from New York Theater, starting out in Vaudeville, then moved to Broadway. She received an Emmy in 1967 for her work on The Andy Griffith Show, and logged more years on that series than any other actor. According to several accounts, she was the opposite of her character, Aunt Bee, feeling like her talents were being wasted. I choose to believe that Aunt Bee had to be in her somewhere for her to such a great job with that role.
She is buried in Silar City, NC, at The Oakwood Cemetery.
Maybe it’s me, but I often noticed during The Andy Griffith Show, that she didn’t rally use an accent from the south……. see if you notice!
( 1928 – 2008 )
Legendary musician, guitarist, vocalist……Born Elias Bates McDaniel in McComb Mississippi, and raised in Chicago, He influenced more big acts than I can name here. He is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his many contributions to R & B and Rock music. If you want some blues, listen to Bo.
He is buried in Rosemary Hill Cemetery, Bronson, Florida.
He co-wrote the song “Love is Strange”, sung by Mickey and Sylvia, a hit (that doesn’t sound like the blues to me) in 1957.
( 1948 – 1989 )
An american character actor, Trey Wilson was gone way too soon. Incredible in Raising Arizona as Nathan Arizona, He should have won an Oscar for that role. A veteran of 30 films, He was awesome in Great Balls of Fire as Sam Phillips. He was only 40 when he died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1989.
He is buried in Forest Park Cemetery , Houston, Texas.
( 1884 – 1970 )
You probably remember her as “Glinda”, the Good Witch of the North in “The Wizard of Oz” but Billie Burke was much,much more……. She was in about 80 movies, silent and sound, 25 or so Plays on Broadway, and also did radio and television. Her husband was Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame…….
She is buried in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY.
Other notables buried there-
Harry Davenport ( He played Dr. Meade in “Gone With the Wind”)
Lou Gehrig (“The Iron Horse” Baseball Player)
Robert De Niro, Sr. (Artist and father of Robert De Niro) check out his work, if you love art……
Tommy Dorsey (Big Band leader)
There are a lot more if you are a History/Arts buff.
( 1899 – 1961 )
Ernest Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His books are considered classics, a lot written about his own experiences, but if you look at his life, why wouldn’t you write about it. He did a lot more than you and I will ever do, thats for sure…….. His granddaughters are Margaux and Mariel Hemingway achieved fame, Mariel as an actress, Margaux as a model and actress.
He committed suicide in 1961, and is buried in Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Idaho
Granddaughter Margaux committed suicide one day shy of 35 years to the day after her famous Grandfather, and is buried close to him.
Actress Ann Sothern (1909 – 2001) is buried there too…… she was in 64 movies and did a lot of TV.