Woodlawn Bronx

The men and women interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York.
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Diana Barrymore
Actress, Nightmare
"Too Much, Too Soon" was the story of Diana's life, and the title of her autobiography. Her father was stage and screen legend John Barrymore; and her mother was Blanche Oelrichs (who wrote under the masculine pseudonym Michael Strange), who had just divorced Mr. Thomas and had 2 children (Leonard and Robin) from that marriage...
“ Plot: Division 20, between E. Border Avenue and Chapel Hill ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 81/82, Columbine Plot, Lot 78 ” - Syl
John Murray Anderson
Music Department, The Greatest Show on Earth
Director, producer, songwriter and author, educated at Edinburgh Academy in Scotland and Lausanne University in Switzerland. He studied drama with Herbert Beerbohm Tree. In World War I he served in the American Bureau of Information. On Broadway, he directed and wrote the scores for "Greenwich Village Follies" (5 editions)...
“ Plot: Wildrose Plot ” - Syl
Digby Bell
Digby Bell, a 5' 5" singing comedian, starred in many Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas. He introduced the song, "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo", while playing the Charles Dana Gibson character, Mr. Pipp. Bell was a fervent golfer and New York Giant baseball fan, as was his best friend and frequent co-star DeWolf Hopper.
“ Plot: Fairview Lot, William E. Webb Lot ” - Syl
Irving Berlin
Soundtrack, The Aviator
Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidor Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilev, Belarus, Russian Empire. Towering composer, songwriter, ("God Bless America", "Always", "Blue Skies", "White Christmas") author and publisher, he came to the United States at age 5 and was educated in New York's public schools. His earliest musical education was from his father...
“ Plot: Section 121, Wintergreen Plot ” - Syl
“ Plot: Columbine Section: 69 Lot: 13 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 83, Myosotis Plot ” - Syl
Harry Carey
Born in New York City to a Judge of Special Sessions who was also president of a sewing machine company. Grew up on City Island, New York. Attended Hamilton Military Academy and turned down an appointment to West Point to attend New York Law School, where his law school classmates included future New York City mayor James J...
Irene Castle
Irene Castle and her husband Vernon Castle (born Vernon Blyth) were the best known ballroom dancers of the early 20th C. Beginning about 1914 they operated several clubs and studios in the NYC area, toured the country dancing, and were able to charge as much as a thousand dollars an hour for lessons...
“ Plot: H-2 Parkview ” - Syl
Vernon Castle
Vernon Castle and his wife Irene Castle were the best known ballroom dancers of the early 20th Century. Beginning about 1914 they operated several clubs and studios in the New York City area, toured the country dancing, and were able to charge as much as a thousand dollars an hour for lessons. From 1906 through 1913 he appeared in nine Broadway musicals: "The Sunshine Girl"...
Bobby Clark
Famed vaudeville comedian Bobby Clark was born in Springfield, Ohio on June 16, 1888. When he was 12 years old, Bobby and his classmate Paul McCullough created a tumbling act that they took on the road. The duo toured with a traveling minstrel troupe before joining a circus as clowns. The clown act...
George M. Cohan
American composer, librettist, actor, dancer, author, director, and producer on the stage. Started his career in his family vaudeville shows, came to Broadway at the beginning of the 20th century. Was the composer of the American battle hymn of World War 1, 'Over There' Received the Congressional Gold Medal for his lifetime achievement 1936.
“ Plot: Section 141/206, Butternut Plot, Lot 13841 ” - Syl
Ricardo Cortez
Ricardo Cortez was born Jacob Krantz in New York City, New York, the son of Sarah (Lefkowitz) and Moses/Morris Krantz, Austrian Jewish immigrants who moved to NY just before he was born. His brother was cinematographer Stanley Cortez, who also changed his surname. Cortez worked a number of jobs while he trained as an actor...
“ Plot: Section: Walnut
GPS coordinates: 40.8862686, -73.8734207 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Charles Dale
Actor, Casualty
Charles Dale was born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire in 1963. His father ran a record shop in Tenby and both his parents were keen amateur actors. After leaving school in 1979, he became an assistant stage manager (through a Youth Opportunity Scheme) at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven, where he stayed for a year. After occasional acting roles, he moved to London and trained at LAMDA...
Miles Davis
Soundtrack, Zodiac
Miles Davis, famous jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, was born 26 May 1926 in Alton, Illinois. He moved to New York in 1944 and studied at Juilliard. He left school and entered the jazz society of New York, meeting such famous musicians as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus...
“ Plot: Alpine, at intersection of Heather and Fir Avenues
GPS coordinates: 40.8851318, -73.8713913 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Clarence Day
American author Clarence Day was born in New York City in 1874. He came from a wealthy family (his father had his own brokerage firm on Wall Street and was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, and his grandfather founded the "New York Sun" newspaper), and he graduated from Yale University--where he was the editor of the school's humor magazine...
“ Plot: Cypress plot, intersection of Observatory and Ravine Avenues ” - Syl
Reginald De Koven
Soundtrack, Harlem Nights
Composer ("Oh, Promise Me") and author, educated at St. John's College in Oxford, England. He also studied with Lebert, Pruckner, Vannucini, von Suppe, Genee, and Delibes. He earned an honorary Mus. D. at Racine College. He first worked in a brokerage firm, and also owned a dry-cleaning business in 1882...
Gertrude Ederle
Champion swimmer Gertrude Ederle was born in New York City in 1906. "Trudy", as she was known to her friends, became an avid swimmer and in the four-year period between 1921-25 she held 29 different national and international swimming records; in one afternoon alone in 1922, at a competition in Brighton Beach...
Gus Edwards
Soundtrack, Mona Lisa Smile
Composer, songwriter ("School Days", "Tammany", "In My Merry Oldsmobile") and producer, a charter member of ASCAP (1914) and brother of Leo Edwards, and the uncle of Joan and Jack Edwards. He was a vaudeville singer, and later had his own vaudeville company. He discovered Walter Winchell, Elsie Janis...
“ Plot: Holly, Lot 11089
GPS coordinates: 40.8911591, -73.8738937 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Duke Ellington
Soundtrack, The Matrix
Composer ("It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", "Solitude", "In a Mellotone", "Satin Doll"), pianist and conductor, holder of an honorary music degree from Wilberforce University and an LHD from Milton College, Duke Ellington led his own orchestra by 1918...
“ Plot: Section: Wild Rose (at intersection of Heather and Knollwood Ave.)
GPS coordinates: 40.8849792, -73.8715973 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Clyde Fitch
Born into an upper-class family in Elmira, NY, the son of an army officer and an indulging socialite, Clyde Fitch would become the first major American playwright, ending European-sourced dominance of the American stage (somewhat ironic, seeing that many of his plays were set abroad). His career would barely span 20 years...
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Actress, Arthur
Geraldine Fitzgerald was the only actress to appear as both Laurence Olivier's wife and Rodney Dangerfield's mother-in-law, which surely qualifies her as running the gamut (if not the gauntlet, in the latter case) of A to Z for co-starring with cinema immortals. The Irish lass appeared in many masterpieces of Hollywood's Golden Age...
“ Plot: Chestnut Hill, Section 111 Lot 12461 (Scheftel family plot) ” - Syl
James Montgomery Flagg
James Montgomery Flagg created the original Uncle Sam "I WANT YOU". Although most researches will refer to JMF as the model of the original Uncle Sam, nothing could be farther from the truth. In 1916, JMF reluctantly accepted a 4th of July project by Leslie Magazine, and eventually found his Uncle Sam one rainy night on a train bound for Parris Island...
“ Plot: Section Catalpa, Block 24 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 90/91, Birch Hill Plot, Lot 12092 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 120, Sassafrass Plot ” - Syl
“ Plot: Wild Rose Lot 173 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 195, Canna Plot, Lot SW 16713 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Park ” - Syl
James K. Hackett
Handsome classical stage and screen actor James K. Hackett born James Keteltas Hackett in Ontario, Canada in 1869. Son of the celebrated Shakespearian actor James Henry Hackett. Like his father he studied law at the College of the City of New York, his outstanding acting talent soon became evident in college theatricals and after leaving he embarked on a stage career after graduation in 1891...
“ Plot: Section: Fir (at intersection of Fir, Heather and Knollwood Aves.)
GPS coordinates: 40.8848915, -73.8713913 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
W.C. Handy
Soundtrack, The Aviator
“ Plot: Cosmos section, Block 203/198 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Heather Section, along Lawn Avenue ” - Syl
“ Edward Harrigan is interred in location Plot: Heather Section, along Lawn Avenue. ” - Syl
“ Plot: Butternut Section 206 ” - Syl
Coleman Hawkins
Soundtrack, Spotlight
Coleman Hawkins was called "The father of the tenor sax". He was a pioneer in this instrument, starting his career with the blues singer Mamie Smith in 1921. In 1923 he played with Fletcher Henderson until 1934. In this orchestra he was a partner of Louis Armstrong in 1924. In the mid-thirties he went to Europe and played with many musicians...
“ Plot: Yew Plot ” - Syl
“ Plot: Iris Section ” - Syl
Victor Herbert
Soundtrack, A Room with a View
Every professional recording artist today owes their livelihood to some degree to Victor Herbert. Working closely with John Philip Sousa, Irving Berlin and others, he was the driving force in founding the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) on February 13, 1914. He became its vice-president and director until his death in 1924...
“ Plot: Aster, Park Avenue side, Roadside. ” - Syl
Madeline Hurlock
Actress, Water Wagons
Sophisticated, dark-haired star of silent screen comedy. Of English and Italian ancestry, Madeline was educated in Philadelphia and first appeared on stage with the Little Theatre. Moving on to New York, she acted and danced in musical comedy at the Century Roof Garden and made her Broadway debut in the ensemble cast of 'The Rose of China' in 1919...
Henry Hyde
Sworn into the House of Representatives in 1975, Henry Hyde is regarded as a strong and respected leader by members of both sides of the aisle. During his tenure, he has worked hard to improve the lives of seniors, veterans, children, working families and small business owners -- the people who make up the 6th Congressional District of Illinois...
“ Plot: Catalpa Lot 24 ” - Syl
Milt Jackson
Soundtrack, Wild
“ Plot: Brookside Mausoleum Terrace #8 ” - Syl
Illinois Jacquet
Soundtrack, High Fidelity
Jacquet's mother was a Sioux Indian and his father was a French-Creole railroad worker and part-time musician. Jacquet was one of six children, and began performing at age 3, tap dancing to the sounds of his father's band. He took the nickname Illinois from the Indian word "Illiniwek," meaning superior men...
Fritz Kreisler
Violinist, composer and arranger, educated at the Vienna Conservatory (which he entered at age seven and won a Gold Medal at ten) with Auber and Hellmesberger, and at the Paris Conservatory with Massart and Delibes, where he graduated at age twelve with the Grand Prix. In 1888, at age thirteen, he made his American debut at Steinway Hall in New York...
“ Plot: Section Butternut, Block 140 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section 93/106, Oakwood Plot ” - Syl
Canada Lee
Actor, Lifeboat
Lee played Danny (opposite of Hilda Simms, who played Anna) in Anna Lucasta on Broadway in 1944. Anna Lucasta was the first non-black written play performed by an all black cast on Broadway. He became an actor after careers as a jockey, boxer and musician. Lee was a civil rights activist, following in the footsteps of Paul Robeson.
“ Plot: Section Cosmos
GPS coordinates: 40.8824196, -73.8769073 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Sam Lewis
Soundtrack, King Kong
“ Plot: Alpine GPS: 40.88334/-73.87245 ” - Syl
Harold Lockwood
A former salesman and vaudeville and stage actor, Harold Lockwood was one of the earliest romantic stars of American films. He was paired with Mary Pickford, Kathlyn Williams and Dorothy Davenport, among others, but his most popular films had him as the lover of May Allison, and they became one of the earliest screen romantic teams...
“ Plot: Family plot, near his father. ” - Syl
“ Plot: Syringa plot, off Canna Avenue, section 182 ” - Syl
J. Hartley Manners
Writer, Happiness
British-born playwright J. Hartley Manners, of Irish extraction, spent many years in the United States. In his twenties, in Australia, he began a relatively successful acting career and made his debut in London's West End in 1898. Joining the company of famed actor-manager Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson...
“ Plot: Butternut ” - Syl
Martha Mansfield
Stunning silent screen actress Martha Mansfield was a musical comedy star in New York City by the time she entered films in 1916 for Max Linder. Before long she advanced to second leads in features, including the role of Millicent Carew in the John Barrymore starrer Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which to this day remains her best known...
“ Plot: Myosotis Section 82 ” - Syl
“ Plot: VanCortlandt Mausoleum, Oak Court (bottom row on right)
GPS coordinates: 40.8944016, -73.8798523 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
Johnny Marks
Soundtrack, Cast Away
You may not know his name, at least not right away, but you've surely heard at least one of Johnny Marks's songs at Christmastime. The brother-in-law of Robert L. May, who wrote the original story of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," it was he who set the story to music. After failing to sell the song to...
“ Plot: Columbine Section: 82 Lot: SE pt 88 2 fr Walnut, 6 fr Heather Ave ” - Syl
William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson
Born in Illinois in 1855, William Barclay Masterson, nicknamed "Bat", drifted westward as a teenager and tried his hand at such professions as buffalo hunter, army scout and gunfighter. While visiting his brother Jim in Dodge City, Kansas, in 1876, he was offered a job as deputy city marshal by the assistant city marshal...
“ Plot: Primrose Section, Lot 185 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Hillcrest, Section 174, Lot 18045, grave 3 ” - Syl
Marilyn Miller
Actress, Sally
"Look for the Silver Lining" became the appropriate signature song for one of Broadways's most popular musical stage stars of the 1920s, Marilyn Miller, for she embodied a vibrant, child-like optimism in her very best "happily ever after" showcases. Such happiness, however, did not extend into her personal life...
“ Plot: Heather section ” - Syl
Harold Nicholas
Harold Nicholas, the younger half of the world famous Nicholas Brothers dance team, is known as one of the world's greatest dancers. He and his brother Fayard Nicholas were established superstars at Twentieth Century Fox with their astounding dance numbers in the studios musicals features. Harold was known for "attributing spice to Fayard's grace," with his quick moves...
“ Plot: Alpine section [unmarked] ” - Syl
Felix Pappalardi
Soundtrack, Blow
“ Plot: Cliff
GPS coordinates: 40.8839302, -73.8706131 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Brookside Mausoleum ” - Syl
Otto Preminger
Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater and became a stage director. He directed his first film in 1931, and came to the US in 1936 to direct on the Broadway stage...
“ Plot: Section 93, Oakwood Plot, Lot 244 ” - Syl
Actress, Zelig
“ Plot: Zinnia Range 32 Grave 74 ” - Syl
Blanche Oelrichs
Blanche Oelrichs (pen name: Michael Strange), was born Blanche Marie Louise Oelrichs on October 1, 1890, in New York, N.Y., to a socially prominent family. Blanche was the reigning débutante of Newport society. In 1910, she married Leonard M. Thomas, a rising young diplomat. She soon became a devoted suffragist...
“ Plot: Division 20, between E. Border Avenue and Chapel Hill ” - Syl
“ Plot: F-4 Myosotis ” - Syl
Karl Struss
Cinematographer, The Great Dictator
Oscar-winning cinematographer Karl Struss was born on November 30, 1886, in New York City. He became a professional photographer after studying photography with Clarence H. White and became part of the group associated with the great photographer Alfred Stieglitz. His photographs, which he characterized as "pictorial" rather than "fashion"...
Mary Stuart
She reigned on Search for Tomorrow for nearly four decades and became one of TV's most popular daytime ladies. As the ever-noble Joanne Gardner Barron Tate Vincente Tourneur, she remained on board for its entire run, and when that four-times-married role was in the can, she was ready for more. Born Mary Houchins on Independence Day...