Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Blondie" Actress Penny Singleton 2003 San Fernando Mission Cemetery


Penny Singleton (September 15, 1908 – November 12, 2003)[2] was an American film actress. Born Marianna Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (commonly known as Dorothy McNulty), she was the daughter of an Irish-American newspaperman Benny McNulty — from whom she received the nickname "Penny" because she was "as bright as a penny."


During her 60-year career, Singleton appeared as the comic-strip heroine Blondie Bumstead in a series of 28 motion pictures from 1938 until 1950 and the popular Blondie radio program from 1939 until 1950.

Singleton also provided the voice of Jane Jetson in the animated series The Jetsons.

For her contributions to both radio and the motion-picture industry, in 1960, Singleton was honored with two stars as she was inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star for radio is located at 6811 Hollywood Boulevard, and her film star is just a few footsteps away, at 6547 Hollywood Boulevard.


Career

Singleton began her show-business career when she was a child, singing at a silent movie theater, and toured in vaudeville as part of an act called "The Kiddie Kabaret." She sang and danced with Milton Berle, whom she had known since childhood, and actor Gene Raymond, and appeared on Broadway in Jack Benny's The Great Temptations. She also toured in nightclubs and roadshows of plays and musicals.


Singleton appeared as a nightclub singer in After the Thin Man, and was credited at this time as Dorothy McNulty. She was cast opposite Arthur Lake (as Dagwood) in the feature film Blondie in 1938, based on the comic strip by Chic Young. They repeated their roles on a radio comedy beginning in 1939 and in guest appearances on other radio shows. As Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead, they proved so popular that a succession of 27 sequels was made from 1938 until 1950, with the radio show ending the same year. Singleton's husband Robert Sparks produced 12 of these sequels. Singleton dyed her brunette hair blonde for the rest of her life.


Singleton won top billing in Go West, Young Lady over her male co-star, Glenn Ford — putting her in the elite company of only two other female stars (Dorothy Page and Jane Frazee) who held the headliner roles as top-billed singing cowgirls.[3]


She starred as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at the summer Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1954. She became familiar to television audiences as the voice of Jane Jetson in the animated series The Jetsons, which originally aired from 1962 until 1963, reprising the role for a syndicated revival from 1985 through 1988 and for assorted specials, records, and Jetsons: The Movie (1990).


She was active in union affairs as a member of the American Guild of Variety Artists. In 1967, she led a month-long strike by the Radio City Rockettes for better working conditions, which they won. She subsequently became the first woman to head an AFL-CIO union when she was elected President of AGVA in 1969.



Singleton died in Sherman Oaks, California, following a stroke, and was interred in San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. She is buried with her sister June. Her name does not appear on the headstone.





Personal life

She was married to Dr. Laurence Scogga Singleton, a dentist, from 1937 until their divorce in 1939. She was married to Robert Sparks from 1941 until his death on July 22, 1963. 


Singleton had a daughter with each of her husbands.


She died in November 2003 at the age of 95 of respiratory failure.


Filmography

Features


Good News (1930)


Love in the Rough (1930)
After the Thin Man (1936)
Vogues of 1938 (1937)


Sea Racketeers (1937)

Swing Your Lady (1938)


Outside of Paradise (1938)

Men Are Such Fools (1938)
Racket Busters (1938)
Mr. Chump (1938)
Boy Meets Girl (1938)
Secrets of an Actress (1938)
Garden of the Moon (1938)
The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Hard to Get (1938)


Blondie (1938)



Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)


Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939)

Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)


Blondie on a Budget (1940)

Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)
Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)


Blondie Goes Latin (1941)

Blondie in Society (1941)
Go West, Young Lady (1941)


Blondie Goes to College (1942)

Blondie's Blessed Event (1942)


Blondie for Victory (1942)

It's a Great Life (1943)
Footlight Glamour (1943)


Leave It to Blondie (1945)

Life with Blondie (1945)
Young Widow (1946)
Blondie's Lucky Day (1946)
Blondie Knows Best (1946)


Blondie's Big Moment (1947)

Blondie's Holiday (1947)
Blondie in the Dough (1947)
Blondie's Anniversary (1947)
Blondie's Reward (1948)
Blondie's Secret (1948)
Blondie's Big Deal (1949)


Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949)

Blondie's Hero (1950)


Beware of Blondie (1950)

The Best Man (scenes deleted, 1964)
The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones - TV Movie - Jane Jetson (1987)
Daws Butler: Voice Magician - TV movie - herself (1987)
Rockin' with Judy Jetson - TV movie - Jane Jetson (1988)
A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Celebration!: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera - TV movie documentary - Jane Jetson (1989)
The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera - theme-park short - Jane Jetson (1990)
Jetsons: The Movie (voice, 1990)

Short subjects

Belle of the Night (1930)
Campus Cinderella (1938)
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 1 (1939)

Television

The Jetsons - Jane Jetson, additional voices (1962)
The Jetsons - Jane Jetson, additional voices (1985-1987)
Murder, She Wrote - "The Perfect Foil" - Aunt Mildred (1986)




"The Twilight Zone"- "Sounds and Silences"- Mrs. Flemington (1964)

Stage Work

Sky High (1925)
Sweetheart Time (1926)
The Great Temptations (1926)
Good News (1928) (replacement for Zelma O'Neal)
Hey Nonny Nonny! (1932)
Call Me Madam (1959)
No, No, Nanette (1972) (replacement for Ruby Keeler)
No, No, Nanette (1974)
Little Me (1983)



References

1. https://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/15/arts/penny-singleton-dies-at-95-played-blondie-in-film-series.html
2. Vallance, Tom (November 15, 2003). "Penny Singleton". The Independent. 
3. Singing In The Saddle, Douglas B. Green © 2002/Vanderbilt Univ. Press and Country Music Foundation Press. Pg. 210.



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Filmmaker & Virginia Rappe Fiance Henry Lehrman 1946 Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Henry Lehrman (March 30, 1886 – November 7, 1946) was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer.



Life and career

Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, Lehrman emigrated to the United States at a young age and although he is best remembered as a film director, he began his career as an actor in a 1909 Biograph Studios production directed by D.W. Griffith. He gained the nickname "Pathé," reportedly because he told Biograph he had been sent there from Europe to have a job by France's Pathé Frères. While the executive at Biograph may not have believed him, they nevertheless gave him his first acting work in film, appearing as one of many in a mob scene with another aspiring actor named Mack Sennett. A few years later Lehrman was a successful actor and would make his directorial debut, co-directing a 1911 Biograph production with Sennett. When Sennett left to create his own Keystone Studios, Henry Lehrman would join him, working as an actor, a screenwriter, and as the first director of Charlie Chaplin.



In 1915, Lehrman established his own film company called the L-KO Kompany to make two-reel comedies for Universal Studios. Lehrman was notorious for his low regard toward actors, such as for Charles Chaplin in the actor's earliest films, and his willingness to place his actors in dangerous situations earned him the nickname "Mr. Suicide." Author Kalton C. Lahue noted that bit players and extras actually refused calls from L-KO.



In 1916 Lehrman gave up acting to devote himself fully to directing and producing. In 1917 Lehrman left the L-KO Kompany and moved to Fox Film Corporation as producer of their "Sunshine Comedies" unit. In 1919 Lehrman met a young actress named Virginia Rappe and a personal relationship ensued that resulted in their engagement. However, in September 1921, Rappe, 26, died after attending a private party hosted by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle at a hotel in San Francisco. Arbuckle would be accused of raping her and was charged with her murder; Lehrman used the trial for his own personal publicity. Eventually Arbuckle was found not guilty.



For the two years following his fiancée's death, Henry Lehrman was virtually inactive in the film business. He went through a short-lived marriage in 1922 to Jocelyn Leigh.[1] In 1924 he accepted an offer from the Fox Film Corporation to return to directing their "Sunshine Comedies" unit. Lehrman continued as a successful director until the introduction of talkies at the end of the 1920s. He directed two sound films for Fox in 1929, one a short comedy, the other a feature-length production titled "New Year's Eve" starring Mary Astor. The films demonstrated Lehrman's difficulty adapting to directing with sound and he was dropped by Fox. Two years later he made his final attempt at sound films, writing and directing a comedy short for Universal Studios.



Henry Lehrman died of a heart attack in Hollywood in 1946 and was interred in the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery (now Hollywood Forever Cemetery) next to Virginia Rappe. He was 60.




References

1. "Henry Lehrman Marries. Fiance of Virginia Rappe Weds Jocelyn Leigh, Former Actress.". New York Times. April 29, 1922.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

L.A. County Sheriff Sherman Block 1998 Hillside Cemetery


Sherman Block (July 19, 1924 – October 29, 1998) was the 29th Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California from January 1982 until his death. He was preceded by Peter Pitchess and succeeded by Lee Baca.


Block grew up in Chicago and served in the Army in World War II. He majored in engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He moved to Los Angeles and joined the Sheriff's Department in 1956, becoming the first deputy in the department to work his way through every rank to the top.


During his tenure he became the highest paid elected official in the United States.


In the Live Action Video for Kids/Real Wheels video, "There Goes A Police Car," Block appeared at the end of the video to tell the viewers that police officers and deputy sheriffs are always there to provide safety for their communities. He also encouraged the viewers to visit a police or sherriff's station and practice using the 911 system only in emergencies.

He died during his campaign for re-election, which he was expected to win. He still obtained about one third of the vote, as Lee Baca's opponents wanted the County Supervisors to appoint his successor. Block's death broke the tradition of the incumbent Sheriff selecting his successor.


Sherman Block is buried at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles. 





References

"Sherman Block, Los Angeles County Sheriff, 74". The New York Times. 1998-10-30.

Covarrubias, Amanda (1998-10-30). "Long-ill L.A. county sheriff Sherman Block dies at 74". Daily Bruin.

"Close second for dead sheriff". BBC News. 1998-11-04.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

"The Andrews Sisters" Singer Maxine Andrews 1995 Forest Lawn Cemetery Glendale


The Andrews Sisters were an American close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia (July 6, 1911 – May 8, 1967), soprano Maxene Angelyn (January 3, 1916 – October 21, 1995), and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie "Patty" (February 16, 1918 – January 30, 2013). Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). Their 1941 hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues.


The Andrews Sisters' harmonies and songs are still influential today, and have been covered by entertainers such as Bette Midler, Christina Aguilera, and others. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Writing for Bloomberg, Mark Schoifet said the sisters became the most popular female vocal group of the first half of the 20th century. They are still widely acclaimed today for their famous close harmonies.


Maxene Andrews married music publisher Lou Levy in 1941. They separated in 1949. Levy was the sisters' manager from 1937 to 1951.



Eldest sister LaVerne died in 1967 at the age of 55 after a year-long bout with cancer during which she was replaced by singer Joyce DeYoung. DeYoung fulfilled concert appearances including an appearance on The Dean Martin Show on November 30, 1967, but she never recorded with Patty and Maxene. LaVerne had founded the original group, and often acted as the peacemaker among the three during the sisters' lives, more often siding with her parents, to whom the girls were extremely devoted, than with either of her sisters. Their last appearance together as a trio was on The Dean Martin Show on September 29, 1966.


After LaVerne died, Maxene and Patty continued to perform periodically until 1968, when Maxene decided she would become the Dean of Women at Tahoe Paradise College, teaching acting, drama and speech at a Lake Tahoe college and working with troubled teens, and Patty was once again eager to be a soloist.



Maxene died on October 21, 1995, after suffering a heart attack while vacationing in Cape Cod with her daughter/manager Lynda Wells.



The ashes of LaVerne and Maxene Andrews are interred in the Columbarium of Memory of the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, close to the ashes of their parents.






Patty died of natural causes at her home in Northridge, California, on January 30, 2013 at the age of 94. Patty and her husband Walter Weschler are interred at Westwood Village Cemetery.