Desert Cathedral City

The men and women interred at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, Riverside County, California.
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Busby Berkeley
Miscellaneous Crew, Gold Diggers of 1935
Busby Berkeley was one of the greatest choreographers of the US movie musical. He started his career in the US Army in 1918, as a lieutenant in the artillery conducting and directing parades. After the World War I cease-fire he was ordered to stage camp shows for the soldiers. Back in the US he became a stage actor and assistant director in smaller acting troupes...
“ Plot: Section A-14 # 74
GPS coordinates: 33.8178787, -116.4426498 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section B-17, Lot 205 ” - Syl
Dorothy Arnold
Dorothy Arnold was a nightclub singer and budding movie star when she married baseball great Joe DiMaggio in 1940. She had made several films for Universal starting in 1938, but after her marriage to DiMaggio she gave up acting. Although the two divorced in 1944, Arnold did not try to resume her career and only made one other film, Lizzie.
“ Plot: B-35, #294
GPS coordinates: 33.8197212, -116.4417191 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section B-8, Lot 67 ” - Syl
Brad Dexter
American supporting player specializing in tough guys. Of Serbian extraction, he was born in Nevada in 1917. As a young man, he boxed in amateur bouts and had early training in theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. He joined the Air Corps during World War II and was assigned to the troupe performing the Moss Hart Broadway tribute to the Corps...
“ Plot: Section B2, grave 28 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section B-30, lot 351 ” - Syl
“ Plot: B-8, #126 ” - Syl
“ Plot: B-8, #125 ” - Syl
“ Plot: B-1, #17 ” - Syl
“ Plot: B8-50 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section B-30, Grave 18 ” - Syl
Eddy Howard
Soundtrack, The Green Mile
Singer, songwriter ("Careless", "A Million Dreams Ago"), conductor, composer and guitarist, educated at San Jose State College and at Stanford University's medical school. He appeared in a number of hotels and night clubs, and sang with the Dick Jurgens dance band, finally leading his own band in 1941...
“ Plot: B-16, Grave 9 ” - Syl
Betty Hutton
Betty Hutton was born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Two years later Betty's father decided that the family way of life wasn't for him, so he left (he committed suicide 16 years later). Having to fend for themselves, Mrs. Thornburg moved the family to Detroit to find work in the numerous auto factories there...
Jennings Lang
Originally a lawyer from New York City, Jennings Lang came to Hollywood in 1938 and set up an office as a talent agent. In 1940, he joined the Jaffe agency and, within a few years, became the company's president and one of Hollywood's leading agents. He joined MCA in 1950 and, two years later, became vice president of MCA TV Ltd...
Andrea Leeds
Actress, Stage Door
She made only a handful of films within a span of four years (1936-1940), but gentle, soulful-eyed Andrea Leeds touched hearts with those few, culminating in an Oscar-nomination for Best Supporting Actress as the sensitive, aspiring young actress who doesn't survive the school of hard knocks in the 1937 movie version of Edna Ferber-George S. Kaufman's serio-comic play Stage Door...
“ Plot: B-8, #89 ” - Syl
Marian Marsh
Actress, Svengali
One of the early sound era's most attractive young leading ladies, doll-faced Marian Marsh enjoyed a short yet significant film career as the star of several memorable 1930s melodramas opposite some of the cinema's best, most charismatic lead actors. Her youthful, wide-eyed innocence combined with an...
“ Plot: B-35, site 129 ” - Syl
Cameron Mitchell
Cameron Mitchell was the son of a minister, but chose a different path from his father. Prior to World War II, in which he served as an Air Force bombardier, Mitchell appeared on Broadway, and, in 1940, an experimental television broadcast, "The Passing of the Third Floor Back". He made his film debut in What Next, Corporal Hargrove?...
“ Plot: Section A-23, Lot 83 ” - Syl
“ Plot: B-10, #21 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Sec.B-10 Lot 20 ” - Syl
William Powell
William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did finally attract attention with The Last Command as Leo...
“ Plot: B-10, #20 ” - Syl
Marjorie Rambeau
Born July 15, 1889 in San Francisco, unappreciated character player Marjorie Rambeau worked on the stage from the age of 12. In the 1910s and 1920s, she became a prominent Broadway lead, noted for her serene beauty, elegant poise and touching theatrics. Around the same time she made a few silent films that went nowhere...
“ Plot: section B-10-26 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section C-12, grave 219 ” - Syl
“ Plot: B-8, #157 ” - Syl
Ginny Simms
Actress, Hit the Ice
War-era songstress Ginny Simms was born Virginia Simms on May 23, 1913, in Texas but was raised in California, which accounts for her lack of a Southern accent in her speaking/singing voice. Though she studied piano as a child, it was her vocal gifts that launched her career, which started when she formed a singing trio while studying at Fresno State Teachers College...
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives (he carried his own P.A...
“ Plot: B-8, #151
GPS coordinates: 33.8166389, -116.4418564 (hddd.dddd) ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section A-9, Lot 14 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section B-35, near Frank Sinatra ” - Syl
Jimmy Van Heusen
Soundtrack, American Beauty
Jimmy Van Heusen was inarguably one of the most accomplished songwriters in history. Claiming four "Oscars" and one Emmy award among his credits he also wrote more songs (85) recorded by Frank Sinatra, his long time friend, than any other composer. He also composed the songs for another good friend...
“ Plot: B-8, #63 ” - Syl
“ Plot: Section A-37, #67 ” - Syl
Monica Lewis
Actress, Earthquake
For almost two decades, Monica Lewis was the idealized, wholesomely sexy sound and image of apple-pie America, lending a curvaceous, dimpled smile and melodious voice of hope to thousands of U.S. troops through two of the 20th century's greatest wars. She starred on the very first "Ed Sullivan Show" telecast...