Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks

The men and women interred at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, Los Angeles County, California.
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Karen Carpenter
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Karen Carpenter moved with her family to Downey, California, in 1963. Karen's older brother, Richard Carpenter, decided to put together an instrumental trio with him on the piano, Karen on the drums and their friend Wes Jacobs on the bass and tuba. In a battle of the bands at the Hollywood Bowl in 1966...
“ Plot: Garden of Gethsemane Lot 293
GPS coordinates: 34.1516685, -118.7993164 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Hoyt Curtin
Music Department, The Flintstones
Cesare Danova
Tall, dark, and handsome, Italian actor Cesare Danova (pronounced Chez-a-ray Da-NO-va) was a true Renaissance man. As a boy, it appeared he might become a professional athlete. But his family wanted him to become a doctor. Cesare, by his own account, studied medicine with such diligence that he suffered a nervous breakdown shortly before he was to take his degree...
“ Plot: Oak Knoll Mausoleum (northeast side), Court 6, Mausoleum Crypt 58B ” - Syl
“ Plot: Oak Knoll Columbarium (left), Row D, Niche 33 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Gethsemane 976
GPS coordinates: 34.1506004, -118.8006516 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Josephine Dunn
Convent-educated Mary Josephine Dunn got her start in the chorus line of 'Good Morning, Dearie' at the age of 15. She was briefly in the Ziegfeld Follies and, in 1924, had a walk-on in 'Dear Sir' on Broadway. Two years later, she was picked by a talent scout to join the Paramount acting school for hopeful young debutantes...
“ Plot: Oak Knoll Columbarium (right), Row H, Niche 6 ” - Syl
Ron Goldman
Self, Studs
Ronald Lyle Goldman was born to Sharon and Fred Goldman on July 2nd, 1968. He grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. He had a younger sister named Kim Goldman. When Ron was six, his parents divorced, and his father was granted custody. This led to a very distant relationship between Ron and Kim, and their mother. Ron attended the University of Illinois for one semester...
“ Plot: Oakvale 27C
GPS coordinates: 34.1498108, -118.7980499 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Don Grady
Born Don Agrati in San Diego, California, Don Grady became a Mousekeeter, along with 23 others, when that show debuted in 1955. In 1960, he joined My Three Sons, which debuted in 1960 and ran for 12 years. As an enthusiast of music after "My Three Sons" ended, he continued in music as a composer and songwriter...
Joel Hirschhorn
Joel Hirschhorn shared two Academy Awards for theme songs in "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno," with longtime collaborator Al Kasha. During his long career Hirschhorn's songs sold more than 90 million records, and were featured in more then 20 films and were recorded by various artists including Elvis Presley...
Ruth Hussey
A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Drama, Ruth Hussey's first show-business job was as a fashion commentator on a local radio station. She journeyed to New York City, where she was signed as a model by the world-famous Powers agency. She obtained some stage roles with touring companies and was noticed by MGM...
Graham Jarvis
Jarvis attended Williams College before moving to New York to pursue a career in theater. He studied acting at the American Theater Wing and was an original member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater.
“ Plot: Garden of Gethsemane Lot 107A
GPS coordinates: 34.1518517, -118.7994003 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Beth Olam section near the cemetery's entrance. Kirby's grave is near the row of trees along the section's perimeter.
GPS coordinates: 34.1518402, -118.7988281 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Mort Lindsey
Music Department, The Birdcage
Virginia Mayo
Actress, White Heat
Virginia Clara Jones was born on November 30, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of a newspaper reporter and his wife. The family had a rich heritage in the St. Louis area: her great-great-great-grandfather served in the American Revolution and later founded the city of East Saint Louis, Illinois...
“ Plot: Garden of Gethsemane, Plot 313, next to her husband, Michael O'Shea ” - Syl
“ Plot: Garden of Gethsemane, Plot 830, Grave H
GPS coordinates: 34.1508217, -118.8003387 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Michael O'Shea
His five brothers all became policemen, encouraged on by their father, but Hartford-born Irish-American Michael O'Shea defied family tradition and turned to acting. Born on March 17, 1906, Michael dropped out of school at age 12 and went the vaudeville route, touring with his boxing idol Jack Johnson's show...
“ Plot: Garden of Gethsemane, Plot 313, next to his wife, Virginia Mayo ” - Syl
Marty Paich
Music Department, Dune
“ Plot: Plot 640, Grave D ” - Syl
“ Plot: Oak Vale garden, Plot 73, Grave B ” - Syl
“ Plot: Columbarium of Peace 19-7 (back wall, right middle of bottom row) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Gethsemane 119
GPS coordinates: 34.1516609, -118.7998428 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw was the rival of Benny Goodman in the Swing era. With a different style of playing, his sound on clarinet was more liquid than Goodman's sound. After playing in different orchestras in the late 1920s and '30s, he formed his own orchestra in 1936, and he added a string quartet to the Big Band...
Peter Whitney
The name may have you scratchin' your head a bit while searchin' for your nearby trivia book, but oh...that intimidating face is so familiar. Peter Whitney's over-powering frame, swarthy looks, bushy brows and maniacal look in his eye made him one of the most fearsome character actors to lump around in 40s...
Terry Wilson
Actor and stuntman Terry Wilson was born on September 3, 1923 in Huntington Park, California. A football star during his high school days, Wilson originally planned on becoming a veterinarian and attended California Polytechnic School on a football scholarship. Terry enlisted and served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946...
Steve Forrest
A ruggedly handsome action man of the 1960s and '70s, Steve Forrest was born William Forrest Andrews in Huntsville, Texas, the youngest of thirteen children of Annis (Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister. His brother was actor Dana Andrews. Forrest began his screen career as a small part contract player with MGM...