The men and women who were interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
Samuel Z. Arkoff
By the early 1950s, future movie mogul Samuel Z. Arkoff was a brash 30-ish lawyer scratching out a living by representing his in-laws and the Hollywood fringe, which included many of now infamous director/angora-clad transvestite Edward D. Wood Jr.
's social circle. As a shark, Arkoff was physically imposing and capable of scaring the snot out of anyone who opposed him...
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Although originally a journalist by trade, Allen had always loved the movies and had wished to be a part of them. In the process, he became one of the biggest names in show business during the 1970s, producing and directing some of its most popular films. After working in magazines and advertising, he produced the documentary...
John Alderman was a talented, prolific and ubiquitous actor in numerous low-budget exploitation features who appeared in everything from 1960s softcore items to 1970s drive-in fare to 1980s hardcore porn throughout the course of his long and diverse career. Alderman was born on June 6, 1933, in Syracuse...
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Dave Barry began his performing career in the 1930's at the age of sixteen. The son of a furniture store owner, he made his debut on the radio talent show "Major Bowes and the Original Amateur Hour" -- as did another talented voice-over artist, Sara Berner
. Known initially as Dave Siegel, he built up a reputation as a stand-up comedian...
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“ Plot: Gardens of Heritage, Main Level, Crypt 104B ” - Syl
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Cute, tiny, and prolific little old lady character actress Frances Bay worked constantly in both films and TV shows alike after making her debut at the age of 59 in life with a small part in the comedy Foul Play
in 1978. She frequently portrayed eccentric elderly women and good-hearted grandmothers in all kinds of pictures and television programs...
The character actor Herschel Bernadi was born into a theatrical family on October 30, 1923 in New York, New York. The Yiddish-language theater in the United States was centered in New York City's Lower East Side, on Second Avenue, and the Bernardi family were stage people who plied their craft in Yiddish...
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This accomplished voice actress with an ear for accents, first made her mark on Jack Benny
's radio program in the dual role of wisecracking, gum-chewing telephone operator Mabel Flapsaddle and Jack's plumber girlfriend Gladys. Brunette Sara Berner's real name was Lillian Herdan and she was born in Albany...
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Lovely, lithe and light-haired Zina Bethune, noted ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher, also had a promising acting career during the late 1950s and 1960s. The native New Yorker was born on February 17, 1945, the daughter of William Charles Bethune (who died in 1950 when Zina was 5) and established actress Ivy Bethune
(née Vigner) of General Hospital
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Georgia Brown (then Lillian Klot) was sent to Wales with other youngsters to escape the German Blitzkrieg.
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Director, producer, songwriter and actor. After a high-school education, he was a boy actor with the Gus Edwards Company, and appeared in the Broadway musicals "The Gingham Girl", "The Desert Song", and "Lady Fingers". Then he wrote and directed films and later, wrote and produced television films. Joining ASCAP in 1961...
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Songwriter ("Love Is a Simple Thing") and author, educated at Hollywood High School in California. She wrote songs for films and for the Broadway revues "Who's Who", "New Faces of 1952", and "New Faces of 1956". Joining ASCAP in 1952, her chief musical collaborators include Arthur Siegel and Richard Lewine...
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“ Plot: Courts of TaNaCH, Crypt 54252 ” - Syl
Composer, songwriter ("Bei Mir Bist Du Schon," "Until the Real Thing Comes Along," "Anniversary Song"), pianist, conductor, arranger, author and producer, educated at the NYU School of Commerce. As a young man, he joined an orchestra as pianist, and Sammy Cahn
was in that orchestra as a violinist...
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Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb, one of the premier character actors in American film for three decades in the post-World War II period, was born Leo Jacoby in New York City's Lower East Side on December 8, 1911. The son of a Jewish newspaper editor, young Leo was a child prodigy in music, mastering the violin and the harmonica...
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Stanley Cortez was born Samuel Krantz in New York City, New York, the son of Sarah (Lefkowitz) and Moses/Morris Krantz, Austrian Jewish immigrants. His famous actor brother, born Jacob Krantz, changed his name to Ricardo Cortez
in order to acquire a more suitably romantic Hollywood image, and Stanley also changed his name...
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Composer, songwriter ("Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White", "Bimbombey", "Blue and Sentimenta") and author, educated at Cornell University and St. John's University Law School. He wrote many themes for television and films. Joining ASCAP in 1934, his chief musical collaborators included Jerry Livingston
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Cass Elliot was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on September 19, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in the Washington D.C. environs and in her senior year of high school, performed in a summer stock production of "The Boyfriend" at the Owings Mills Playhouse, where she played the French nurse who sings "It's Nicer...
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Famed trumpeter, composer ("And the Angels Sing"), and conductor, a member of the orchestras of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey between 1936 and 1943. He served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II, then rejoined the Dorsey orchestra in 1945 (to 1947). Later he formed his own orchestra, and appeared in films and made many records...
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Virginia has a long career as a character actress on the screen, but she will always be best remembered as the "Folgers Coffee Woman". Virginia was born in the small Iowa town of Stanton, which later converted its water tower to resemble a coffee pot in honor of its most famous citizen. When her family moved to Los Angeles...
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Born in 1924, Norman Fell studied acting in New York City. He moved to Hollywood in 1958, appeared in four television series and more than 20 made-for-TV movies, but he was best known as Mr. Roper on the hit series Three's Company
- a role that won him a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Diagnosed with cancer, Norman Fell was 74 when he died on December 13, 1998.
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“ Plot: Gardens of Heritage, Main Level, Crypt 60C ” - Syl
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Brunette Helen Forrest was born Helen Fogel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She loved singing from early childhood and keenly listened to recordings by all the major female jazz and blues vocalists of the day. At the age of ten, Helen competed in a dance marathon and sang with her brother's band in Washington...
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Composer, songwriter ("So Dear to My Heart") and pianist, accompanist to Dinah Shore. He joined ASCAP in 1947, and his other popular-song compositions include "Don't Be Mad at Me, Baby", "You'll Always Be the One I Love" and "You Can Take My Word for It, Baby".
“ Plot: Garden of Shemot, Columbarium of Remembrance, niche #46 ” - Syl
Karl Freund, an innovative director of photography responsible for development of the three-camera system used to shoot television situation comedies, was born on January 16, 1890, in the Bohemian city of Koeniginhof, then part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire (now known as Dvur Kralove in the Czech Republic)...
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Author, composer, writer and songwriter, educated at Yale University (BA degree). He joined ASCAP in 1961, and wrote the off-Broadway stage scores for "Living the Life" and "All in Love". His chief musical collaborator was Gene de Paul
, and his popular-song compositions included "I Found Him" and "What Can It Be?".
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A stage actor and director, Michael Gordon broke into films in 1940 as a dialogue director, then became a film editor. He directed his first feature in 1942. He started out with low-budget crime thrillers, but in the late 1940s and early 1950s turned out several well-crafted dramas, notably Cyrano de Bergerac
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David Groh's highly anticipated "marriage" to Valerie Harper
on the seventh episode of the sitcom Rhoda
was the highest rated episode of that show's entire run and it was this co-starring role that situated him squarely on the Hollywood TV map. Rhoda Morgenstern, the perennial bridesmaid...
“ Plot: Garden of Shemot, Columbarium of Remembrance, niche 833 ” - Syl
Billy Halop's show business career started on radio in the 1920s and carried over to stage work on Broadway. There, in 1937, he and other teenage cast members of the stage hit "Dead End" were brought to Hollywood by Samuel Goldwyn
for the film version of the play, which was a tremendous hit. Halop...
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An author, producer and songwriter. His chief musical collaborators were George Bassman
, Gordon Jenkins
, and Dick Stutz. He composed "Close To Me"; "Irving"; and "Fugitive From Fifth Avenue".
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Songwriter ("Arizona" [state song] ), conductor and author, educaed at the Buffalo Teachers College and the University of California. He was a bandleader in night clubs and hotels in New york, and joined ASCAP in 1952. His chief musical collaborators included Jimmy McHugh, Jimmy MacDonald, Bebe Blake...
“ Plot: Gardens of Heritage, Upper Level, Crypt 96K ” - Syl
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Composer, songwriter ("I'll be Home for Christmas", "The White Cliffs of Dover", "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die") and architect, educated at Townsend Harris Hall, Juilliard (on scholarship), at City College of New York, and in private music study with Leopold Auer and Samuel Gardner. He was a practising architect and conducted his own orchestra on radio and in theatres...
“ Plot: Gardens of Heritage, Main Level, Crypt 84B ” - Syl
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Miscellaneous Crew, I Spy
As an animation producer, Mr. Klynn helped create several award winning cartoon shorts: "Mr. Magoo," "Gerald McBoing-Boing," "Madeline and Christopher Crumpet." Also worked as an animation director for the U.S. Army Signal Corps motion picture unit in Los Angeles during World War II. Additionally known as a graphic designer...
“ Plot: Gardens of Heritage, Upper Level, Crypt 265L ” - Syl
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Instantly recognizable American character actor with bulbous nose and heavily lined face, who could convey integrity or menace to equal effect. He first came to prominence on radio as (Captain) Starr of Space (1953), using ray guns to combat Martians and alien queens. Beginning in 1953, Larch accumulated an impressive resume of TV series credits...
Chubby, antsy, and distinctive character actor Sydney Lassick was born on July 23, 1922 to Jewish Russian immigrant parents in Chicago, Illinois. Lassick first began acting in both films and TV shows in the late 50s. Portly and bespectacled, with a high-pitched voice and a nervous disposition, Sydney was usually cast as peevish neurotics...
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Born in Grodek, Poland, Ross Martin grew up on New York City's Lower East Side. He spoke Yiddish, Polish, and Russian before even learning English and later added French, Spanish, and Italian to his amazing repertoire. Despite academic training (and receiving honors in) business, instruction, and law...
Irving Mills was a composer, song publisher and band and orchestra manager in the 1920s and 1930s and also manager for Duke Ellington and His Orchestra in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1920s and early 1930s he would put together bands for recordings. One of his bands that recorded for Brunswick Records...
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“ Plot: Court of the Psalms, Block 33A, Crypt 46414 ” - Syl