Desert Cathedral City

by Syl | created - 17 Sep 2012 | updated - 01 Aug 2017 | Public

The men and women interred at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, Riverside County, California.

1. Busby Berkeley

Director | 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 ...

Plot: Section A-14 # 74 GPS coordinates: 33.8178787, -116.4426498 (hddd.dddd)

2. Rodney Bell

Actor | The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues

Rodney Bell was born on October 21, 1915 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He was an actor, known for The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955), Waiting in the Lurch (1949) and One Step Beyond (1959). He died on August 3, 1968 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Plot: Section B-17, Lot 205

3. Dorothy Arnold

Actress | The Phantom Creeps

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 ...

4. Sonny Bono

Soundtrack | The Sonny and Cher Show

Sonny Bono was born on February 16, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Salvatore Philip Bono. He was married to Mary Bono, Susie Coelho, Cher and Donna Rankin. He died on January 5, 1998 in South Lake Tahoe, California, USA.

Plot: B-35, #294 GPS coordinates: 33.8197212, -116.4417191 (hddd.dddd)

5. Lorayne Brox

Actress | King of Jazz

Lorayne Brox was born on November 11, 1901 in Riverton, Iowa, USA as Eunice Brock. She was an actress, known for King of Jazz (1930), The General (1929) and Manhattan Serenade (1929). She was married to Joseph D. Hall and Henry Busse. She died on June 14, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Plot: Section B-8, Lot 67

6. Brad Dexter

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

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 ...

Plot: Section B2, grave 28

7. Alex Dreier

Actor | Toma

Alex Dreier, a rare case of a well-known radio and TV news reporter and commentator turned actor late in life. Born in 1916, he graduated from Stanford University in 1939 and became a newsman shortly afterwards. His first assignment was as a correspondent for the United Press in Berlin. Put under ...

Plot: Section B-30, lot 351

8. Jolie Gabor

Black Jack

Jolie Gabor was born on September 29, 1896 in Budapest, Hungary as Jansci Tilleman. She is known for her work on Captain Blackjack (1950), The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) and All Star Revue (1950). She was married to Count Edmond de Szigethy, Peter Howard Christman and Vilmos Gabor. She died on ...

Plot: B-8, #126

9. Magda Gabor

Actress | Mai lányok

Magda Gabor was born on June 11, 1915 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Magdolna Gábor. She was an actress, known for Mai lányok (1937), Tokaji rapszódia (1937) and The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950). She was married to Tibor Heltai, George Sanders, Tony Gallucci, Sidney R. Warren, William ...

Plot: B-8, #125

10. Bill Goodwin

Actor | Spellbound

Bill Goodwin was born on July 28, 1910 in San Francisco, California, USA as William Nettles Goodwin. He was an actor, known for Spellbound (1945), Tea for Two (1950) and The Atomic Kid (1954). He was married to Philippa Hilber. He died on May 9, 1958 in Palm Springs, California.

Plot: B-1, #17

11. Earle Hagen

Composer | I Spy

Earle Hagen was born on July 9, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Earle Harry Hagen. He is known for his work on I Spy (1965), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Tango & Cash (1989). He was married to Laura Roberts (Gunn) and Lou Sidwell. He died on May 26, 2008 in Rancho Mirage, California, ...

12. Claude Harmon

Actor | The Phil Silvers Show

Claude Harmon was born on July 14, 1916 in Savannah, Georgia, USA as Eugene Claude Harmon. He was an actor, known for The Phil Silvers Show (1955) and Fairway Champions (1949). He died on July 23, 1989 in Houston, Texas, USA.

Plot: B8-50

13. Josephine Hill

Actress | The Blind Trail

Josephine Hill was born on October 3, 1899 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Blind Trail (1926), Border Vengeance (1925) and Lightnin' Jack (1924). She was married to Jack Perrin and Jack Brown. She died on December 17, 1989 in Palm Springs, California.

Plot: Section B-30, Grave 18

14. 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 ...

Plot: B-16, Grave 9

15. Betty Hutton

Actress | Annie Get Your Gun

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 ...

16. Jennings Lang

Producer | The Concorde... Airport '79

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, ...

17. 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...

18. Frederick Loewe

Soundtrack | The Little Prince

Frederick Loewe was born on June 10, 1901 in Berlin, Germany as Fritz Loewe. He was married to Ernestine Zwerline. He died on February 14, 1988 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Plot: B-8, #89

19. George Burr Macannan

Actor | Supernatural

George Burr Macannan was born on November 30, 1887 in Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for Supernatural (1933) and White Zombie (1932). He died on November 12, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

20. 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 ...

Plot: B-35, site 129

21. Cameron Mitchell

Actor | The High Chaparral

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 ...

Plot: Section A-23, Lot 83

22. Diana Powell

Actress | Streaker

Diana Powell is an actress, known for Streaker (2007).

Plot: B-10, #21

Plot: Sec.B-10 Lot 20

24. William Powell

Actor | The Thin Man

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 ...

Plot: B-10, #20

25. Marjorie Rambeau

Actress | Tobacco Road

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 ...

Plot: section B-10-26

26. Pete Reiser

Self | 1947 World Series

Pete Reiser was born on March 17, 1919 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Harold Patrick Reiser. He died on October 25, 1981 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Plot: Section C-12, grave 219

27. Jilly Rizzo

Actor | Year of the Dragon

Jilly Rizzo was born on May 6, 1917 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Year of the Dragon (1985), Eternity (1990) and Cannonball Run II (1984). He was married to Dorothy. He died on May 6, 1992 in Mission Hills, California, USA.

Plot: B-8, #157

28. Ginny Simms

Actress | Night and Day

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...

29. Frank Sinatra

Actor | From Here to Eternity

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. ...

Plot: B-8, #151 GPS coordinates: 33.8166389, -116.4418564 (hddd.dddd)

30. Sid Tomack

Actor | The Life of Riley

Sid Tomack was born on September 8, 1907 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Life of Riley (1949), Living It Up (1954) and Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949). He died on November 12, 1962 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Plot: Section A-9, Lot 14

31. Bobbe Brox

Actress | King of Jazz

Bobbe Brox was born on November 28, 1902 in Riverton, Iowa, USA as Josephine Brock. She was an actress, known for King of Jazz (1930), The General (1929) and Manhattan Serenade (1929). She was married to Jimmy Van Heusen and William Perlberg. She died on May 2, 1999 in Glen Falls, New York, USA.

Plot: Section B-35, near Frank Sinatra

32. Jimmy Van Heusen

Soundtrack | Going My Way

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

33. Ralph Young

Soundtrack | Nude on the Moon

Ralph Young was born on July 1, 1918 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Ralph Israel. He was an actor, known for Nude on the Moon (1961), Hideout in the Sun (1960) and Blaze Starr Goes Nudist (1962). He was married to Arlene Young and Muriel Young. He died on August 22, 2008 in Palm Springs,...

Plot: Section A-37, #67

34. 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...

35. Barbara Marx

Self | Sinatra in Palm Springs

Barbara Marx was born on March 10, 1927 in Bosworth, Missouri, USA as Barbara Ann Blakeley. She was married to Frank Sinatra, Zeppo Marx and Robert Harrison Oliver. She died on July 25, 2017 in Rancho Mirage, California, USA.

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