Calvary Cemetery Los Angeles, CA

by Sylviastel | created - 31 Jul 2012 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

Men and women interred at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

1. Ethel Barrymore

Actress | None But the Lonely Heart

Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of ...

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 60, Crypt 3F

2. Kathryn Adams

Actress | Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman

Kathryn Adams was born on May 25, 1893 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Ethalinda Colson. She was an actress, known for Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1917), A Little Brother of the Rich (1919) and Pampered Youth (1925). She was married to Jacques Magnin (businessman). She died on February 17, 1959 ...

3. King Baggot

Actor | Jim Webb, Senator

St. Louis-born King Baggot traveled to New York City with the express intent of crashing Broadway, but began his film career in nearby Fort Lee, NJ, in 1909. It didn't take long before he graduated from actor to writer and director--at times performing all three functions; in Shadows (1914) he not ...

4. Frank Abbott

Actor | Fade Away Foster

Frank Abbott was born on July 16, 1878 in California, USA as Frank Abbot. He was an actor, known for Fade Away Foster (1926), The Wild Bull's Lair (1925) and The Broken Law (1924). He died on February 2, 1957 in Los Angeles, California.

Plot: Section B, Lot 319, Grave 5

5. John Blyth Barrymore

Director | Mysteries of Route 66

John Blyth Barrymore was born on May 15, 1954 as John Blyth Barrymore Jr. He is an actor and director, known for Mysteries of Route 66, Full Moon High (1981) and Kung Fu (1972).

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 352

6. Lionel Barrymore

Actor | Key Largo

Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon...

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 352

7. Eugenie Besserer

Actress | The Jazz Singer

Eugenie Besserer was born in Watertown, New York on Christmas Day of 1868. She was largely a silent film actress who made her debut in 1910's silent version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910). She was 42 at the time. For the most part Eugenie was a character actress, much in demand for filling in ...

Plot: Section J, Lot 108, Grave 5

8. Francelia Billington

Actress | Blind Husbands

Francelia Billington was born in Dallas, TX, and raised on a ranch. She became an expert horseman, and was on stage from an early age. The pretty young Texan made the journey to Hollywood and became a star of westerns and melodramas, first working with the Kalem Film Co. in 1912 and then moving on ...

Plot: Section L, Lot 161, Grave 2

9. Richard Boleslawski

Director | Theodora Goes Wild

Inventing a stage name "Boleslawski" (later spelled also "Boleslavsky"), young Pole Boleslaw Ryszard Srzednicki left his second home (Odessa, Russian Empire) to study theatre and train as an actor at the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre before and during WW I. He also acted in a few early Russian ...

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 300

10. James Burke

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

James Burke was born on September 24, 1886 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Maltese Falcon (1941), Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940) and At the Circus (1939). He was married to Eleanor Durkin. He died on May 23, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

11. Mary Carr

Actress | Lights of New York

American character actress famed for roles as mothers. Born in a Philadelphia suburb as Mary Kennevan, she became a schoolteacher, but soon gave it up for work as an actress in touring companies. She married actor William Carr and toured extensively with his company. After the turn of the century, ...

12. Cliff Clark

Actor | The Falcon Strikes Back

Cliff Clark was born on June 10, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Falcon Strikes Back (1943), The Falcon's Brother (1942) and The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943). He was married to Stella Delauries. He died on February 8, 1953 in Hollywood, California, USA.

13. Eddie Collins

Actor | The Blue Bird

Eddie Collins was born on January 30, 1883 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA as Edward Bernard Collins. He was an actor, known for The Blue Bird (1940), Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938) and Young Mr. Lincoln (1939). He was married to Florence Wilmot (actress). He died on September 2, 1940 in Arcadia...

14. Samuel Colt

Actor | Johnny Trouble

Samuel Colt was born on November 28, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA as Samuel Peabody Colt. He was an actor, known for Johnny Trouble (1957) and The Mating Season (1951). He was married to Eleanore Phillips. He died on August 1, 1986 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Plot: Mausoleum, Block 51

15. Dolores Costello

Actress | Old San Francisco

Dolores Costello was once known as the Goddess of the Silent Screen but is probably best remembered today as Drew Barrymore's grandmother. She was born in 1905 to actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Her father began his film career in 1908. He would soon become the most popular matinée idol of...

Plot: Section D, Lot 877

16. Helene Costello

Actress | The Fatal Warning

Some of Helene Costello's films available on video are Her Crowning Glory (1911), Lulu's Doctor (1912) and Lights of New York (1928), the first all-talking feature. She worked for a time as a reader for 20th Century Fox in the early 1940s. Miss Costello died on January 26, 1957, in California's ...

17. Lou Costello

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

Lou Costello was born Louis Francis Cristillo in Paterson, New Jersey, to Helen (Rege) and Sebastiano Cristillo. His father was from Calabria, Italy, and his mother was an American of Italian, French, and Irish ancestry. Raised in Paterson, Costello dropped out of high school and headed west to ...

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 354

18. Mae Costello

Actress | The Joys of a Jealous Wife

Mae Costello was born on August 13, 1882 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Mae Altschuk. She was an actress and writer, known for The Joys of a Jealous Wife (1913), When a Woman Loves (1915) and Her Right to Live (1917). She was married to Maurice Costello. She died on August 2, 1929 in Los Angeles, ...

Plot: Section D, Lot 877

19. Maurice Costello

Actor | The Man Who Couldn't Beat God

Maurice Costello was born on February 22, 1877 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Man Who Couldn't Beat God (1915), The Golden Pathway (1913) and Iron and Steel (1914). He was married to Ruth Reeves and Mae Costello. He died on October 28, 1950 in ...

Plot: Section D, Lot 877, Grave 7

20. Phyllis Cox

Actress | I Passed for White

Phyllis Cox is an actress, known for I Passed for White (1960).

21. Ivy Crosthwaite

Actress | A Janitor's Wife's Temptation

Ivy Crosthwaite was born on December 1, 1897 in San Diego, California, USA. She was an actress, known for A Janitor's Wife's Temptation (1915), The Surf Girl (1916) and A Game Old Knight (1915). She was married to Adolph Linkof. She died on November 8, 1962 in Los Angeles, California.

22. Josephine Dillon

Actress | The Lady and the Monster

Josephine Dillon was born on January 26, 1884 in Colorado, USA. She was an actress, known for The Lady and the Monster (1944). She was married to Clark Gable. She died on November 10, 1971 in Verdugo, California, USA.

Plot: Section C, Lot 80, Grave 4 (This is the stone on the family plot. There is no individual marker for Josephine)

23. Beatrice Dominguez

Actress | The White Horseman

Beatrice Dominguez born in San Bernardino in California in 1896. A exotic dancer, first working in vaudeville under the name of 'La Bella Sevilla'. dark-haired genuine beauty who appeared in a handful of melodrama and western movies, making her film debut in 1914 under the direction of Burton L. ...

Plot: Section A, Tier 5, Grave 1

24. Irene Dunne

Actress | The Awful Truth

Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age...

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 353

25. Frank Fay

Actor | Nothing Sacred

Frank Fay was born on November 17, 1891 in San Francisco, California, USA as Francis Anthony Donner. He was an actor, known for Nothing Sacred (1937), God's Gift to Women (1931) and The Matrimonial Bed (1930). He was married to Barbara Stanwyck, Gladys Buchanan, Betty Kean and Frances White. He ...

Plot: Section F, Lot 1583, Grave 12

26. Irene Fenwick

Actress | A Girl Like That

Irene Fenwick was born Irene Frizzel in Chicago, Illinois on September 5, 1887. She was predominately a stage actress and a fine one at that. Her first film was THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR in 1915. She was to make three more that year, but one in 1916 called A CONEY ISLAND PRINCESS. Her services were, ...

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 352

27. Stepin Fetchit

Actor | Judge Priest

Stepin Fetchit remains one of the most controversial movie actors in American history. While he was undoubtedly one of the most talented physical comedians ever to do his shtick on the Big Screen, achieving the rare status of being a character actor/supporting player who actually achieved superstar...

Plot: Section K, Lot T-13, Grave 116

28. Lou Fillipo

Actor | Rocky II

Lou Fillipo was born on December 1, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Louis Filippo. He was an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), Rocky IV (1985) and Rocky (1976). He was married to Pat Filippo. He died on November 2, 2009 in Downey, California.

29. Bryan Foy

Producer | I Was a Communist for the F.B.I.

Bryan Foy started in showbiz as a vaudevillian, touring nationally for ten years as one of the 'Seven Little Foys' (the oldest). He left the act in 1918 to embark on a solo career in Hollywood, at first devising gags for Buster Keaton then filming two-reelers at Fox. In 1927, he began his long ...

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 33, Crypt 5 [unmarked]

30. Trixie Friganza

Actress | If I Had My Way

Trixie Friganza was born on November 29, 1870 in Grenola, Kansas, USA as Delia O'Callahan. She was an actress, known for If I Had My Way (1940), Free and Easy (1930) and Silks and Saddles (1936). She was married to Charles A. Goettler and William J.M. Barry. She died on February 27, 1955 in ...

Plot: Section C, Lot 759, Friganza Mausoleum crypt 2

31. Cedric Gibbons

Art_director | An American in Paris

After graduating from New York's Art Students League he worked for his architect father, then started film work at Edison Studios in 1915 assisting Hugo Ballin. In 1918 he moved to Goldwyn as art director and, in 1924, began his 32 year stint as supervising art director for some 1500 MGM films, ...

Plot: Section H, L-117

32. Eddie Gribbon

Actor | The Great Dictator

Eddie Gribbon was born on January 3, 1890 in New York City, New York, USA as Edward T. Gribbon. He was an actor, known for The Great Dictator (1940), The Bat (1926) and Joe Palooka in The Squared Circle (1950). He was married to Marion L. Duffy. He died on September 28, 1965 in Hollywood, Los ...

33. Elaine Hammerstein

Actress | The Midnight Express

Elaine Hammerstein was born on June 16, 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elaine Allison Hammerstein. She was an actress, known for The Midnight Express (1924), The Foolish Virgin (1924) and Broadway Gold (1923). She was married to James Walter Kays. She died on August 13, 1948 in Tijuana,...

34. John Harron

Actor | White Zombie

Actor John (Johnnie) Harron was born in New York City on March 31, 1903, a younger brother of silent screen star Robert Harron. John got his first taste of the movie business with an unbilled bit in one of his brother's many classic films, Hearts of the World (1918). After all the tabloid hoopla of...

Plot: Section L, Lot 292, Grave 7

35. Ted Healy

Actor | Mad Love

US vaudevillian who in 1923 founded a stage act known as "Ted Healy & His Stooges," the latter comprising one Moe Howard and his brother, Shemp Howard, whose roles were to act as foils, or stooges, for Healy's jokes. Joined later by Larry Fine, the Howards later went off on their own, eventually to...

Plot: Section F, Lot 1693, Grave 14

36. Charles Hines

Director | Stepping Along

Charles Hines was born on February 14, 1892 in Oakland, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles James Hines. He was a director and actor, known for Stepping Along (1926), All Aboard (1927) and The Live Wire (1925). He died on July 16, 1936 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Plot: Section G, Lot 931

37. Johnny Hines

Actor | Whistling in the Dark

Johnny Hines was born on July 25, 1895 in Golden, Colorado, USA as John F. Hines. He was an actor and director, known for Whistling in the Dark (1933), Little Johnny Jones (1923) and Stepping Along (1926). He was married to Irma Warner. He died on October 24, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

38. John Hodiak

Actor | Battleground

Pittsburgh-born John Hodiak was one of several up-and-coming male talents who managed to take advantage of the dearth of WWII-era superstars (MGM's Clark Gable, Van Johnson, Robert Taylor and James Stewart, among others) who were off serving their country. John's early death at age 41, however, ...

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 303, Crypt D-1

39. Jimmie Horan

Actor | F Troop

Jimmie Horan was born on October 23, 1907 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as James Henry Horan. He was an actor, known for F Troop (1965), Cavalcade of America (1952) and The D.A.'s Man (1959). He died on May 4, 1967 in Hollywood, California, USA.

40. Leno LaBianca

Self | What Happened After...?

Leno LaBianca was born on August 6, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Pasqulino Antonio LaBianca. He was married to Rosemary LaBianca and Alice Skolfield. He died on August 10, 1969 in Los Angeles.

41. Linda Loredo

Actress | Los calaveras

Linda Loredo was born on June 20, 1907 in Tucson, Arizona, USA as Herlinda Loredo. She was an actress, known for Los calaveras (1931), Politiquerías (1931) and Radiomanía (1930). She died on August 11, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

42. John Macchia

Actor | Pink Motel

John Macchia is an actor, known for Pink Motel (1982), The Island (1980) and Knight Rider (1982).

43. Charles Mack

Actor | Why Bring That Up?

Charles Mack was born on November 22, 1887 in White Cloud, Kansas, USA as Charles Ellsworth Selders. He was an actor and writer, known for Why Bring That Up? (1929), Anybody's War (1930) and Hypnotized (1932). He was married to Myrtle Buckley and Marian Robinson. He died on January 11, 1934 in Mesa...

44. Edwin Markham

Self | Love's Redemption

Edwin Markham was born on April 23, 1852 in Carson City, Oregon, USA as Charles Edward Anson Markham. He was a writer, known for Love's Redemption (1921) and Lincoln, the Man of the People (1923). He was married to Anna Catherine Murphy. He died on March 7, 1940 in New York City, New York, USA.

Plot: Section E, Lot 2005, Grave 9 GPS coordinates: 34.0278893, -118.1744232 (hddd.dddd)

45. Mary McCarty

Actress | Babes in Toyland

Mary McCarty was born on September 27, 1923 in Winfield, Kansas, USA. She was an actress, known for Babes in Toyland (1960), Trapper John, M.D. (1979) and Pillow Talk (1959). She died on April 30, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

46. Etta McDaniel

Actress | What a Man!

Etta McDaniel was born on December 1, 1890 in Wichita, Kansas, USA. She was an actress, known for What a Man! (1944), The Great Man's Lady (1942) and The Pittsburgh Kid (1941). She died on January 13, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Plot: Section R, Lot 146, Grave 14

48. Jimmy McHugh

Soundtrack | North by Northwest

Jimmy McHugh was born on July 10, 1893 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as James Francis McHugh. He was married to Bessie Hornbrook. He died on May 23, 1969 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

49. Bull Montana

Actor | Victory

Bull Montana was born on May 16, 1887 in Voghera, Lombardy, Italy as Luigi Montagna. He was an actor, known for Victory (1919), Laughing at Danger (1924) and When the Clouds Roll by (1919). He was married to Mary Mathews. He died on January 24, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Plot: Section R, Lot 478 (Unmarked)

50. Alex Montoya

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Alex Montoya was born on October 19, 1907 in El Paso, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) and Soldiers of Fortune (1955). He died on September 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Plot: Section M, Lot 376, Grave 10

51. Matt Moore

Actor | Rain

Matt Moore was born on January 8, 1888 in County Meath, Ireland as Matthew Moore. He was an actor and director, known for Rain (1932), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916) and The Unholy Three (1925). He died on January 20, 1960 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Plot: [unmarked]

52. Owen Moore

Actor | Betty in Search of a Thrill

Born in 1886, virile and dashing silent screen idol Owen Moore, equipped with incredibly handsome reddish and ruddy features, came to America with his family from Ireland at age 11. After some stage work, he entered films at the Biograph Studio in 1908 and appeared in many of D.W. Griffith's early ...

Plot: Section F, Lot 1625

53. Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton

Soundtrack | Last Man Standing

Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton was born on October 20, 1890 in Gulfport, Louisiana, USA as Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe. He died on July 10, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

54. J. Carrol Naish

Actor | Sahara

One of the most versatile character actors in the business, Joseph Patrick Carrol Naish (pronounced Nash) was born of Irish descent in New York City. His illustrious ancestors hailed from county Limerick and were listed in Burke's Peerage. He had a Catholic education at St. Cecilia's Academy, but ...

Plot: Section G, Lot 1098, Plot 22

55. Pola Negri

Actress | Die Bergkatze

Pola Negri was born in Lipno, Poland, and moved to Warsaw as a child. Living in poverty with her mother, a teenage Pola auditioned and was accepted to the Imperial Ballet. Due to an illness that ended her dancing career, she soon switched to the Warsaw Imperial Academy of Dramatic Arts and became ...

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 56, Crypt E-19

56. Margaret Nicholls

Actress | Juno and the Paycock

Margaret Nicholls is an actress, known for Juno and the Paycock (1938), Spreading the News (1939) and A Cup of Happiness (1939).

57. Mabel Normand

Actress | Mickey

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...

58. Ramon Novarro

Actor | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Ramon Novarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico, to Leonor (Gavilan) and Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego Siqueiros, a prosperous dentist. Ramon and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1913, as refugees from the Mexican Revolution. After stints as a ballet dancer, ...

Plot: Section C, Lot 586, Grave 5 GPS coordinates: 34.0261497, -118.1759491 (hddd.dddd)

59. Peggy O'Neill

The Razor's Edge

Peggy O'Neill was born as Barbara O'Neal. She is an actress, known for The Razor's Edge (1946), Joan of Arc (1948) and Let's Dance (1950).

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 120, Crypt 1-A

60. Eddie Parker

Actor | Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

Eddie Parker was born on December 12, 1900 in Minnesota, USA as Edwin Parker. He is known for his work on Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955), All Ashore (1953) and The Invisible Monster (1950). He was married to Bess. He died on January 20, 1960 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.

Plot: Section L, Lot 12, Grave 17

61. Mary Philbin

Actress | The Man Who Laughs

Mary Philbin's life should be a lesson to domineering parents. Mary was born on July 16, 1903, in Chicago, Illinois, to John Philbin and his first wife and namesake, Mary. The child was regarded as a little beauty from an early age and her mother was exceedingly proud of her and loved to show her ...

Plot: Main Mausoleum, Block 25

62. Sol Polito

Cinematographer | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Sol Polito, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer who helped create the distinct visual character of Warner Bros. films in the 1930s and 1940s, was born Salvador Polito on November 12, 1892, in Palermo, Sicily. While still young he emigrated to the US with his family, which settled in New York City, ...

Plot: Mausoleum, Block 23, Crypt C14

63. Robert Polo

Actor | Borgia

Robert Polo is an actor, known for Borgia (2011), Star Wars: Hunting of the Fallen (2016) and Revelations (2005).

Plot: Grave 16, Lot 484, Section N [unmarked]

64. Irene Rich

Actress | Everybody's Hobby

Born Irene Luther on October 13, 1891, silent-screen femme Irene Rich came from a once well-to-do family in Buffalo, New York. Her father had a reversal of fortune while she was quite young and the family subsequently had to move to California. Following her education, Irene pursued a career as a ...

65. Hal Roach Jr.

Director | One Million B.C.

Hal Roach Jr. was born on June 15, 1918 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Harold Eugene Roach Jr. He was a producer and director, known for One Million B.C. (1940), Captain Scarface (1953) and The Fabulous Joe (1947). He died on March 29, 1972 in Santa Monica, California.

Plot: Our Lady's Garden Mausoleum, Block 14, crypt A-11

66. Jack Santoro

Actor | Ginsberg the Great

Jack Santoro was born on April 18, 1898 in New York City, New York, USA as Jack Antonio Santoro. He was an actor, known for Ginsberg the Great (1927), Women They Talk About (1928) and Slightly Used (1927). He died on October 23, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

67. Hunt Stromberg

Producer | Naughty Marietta

In 1937 he was hired as a producer/production executive at MGM with a salary of $8,000 per week plus 1.5% of the profits of Loew's, Inc. (MGM's parent company).

Plot: Section H, Lot 416 GPS coordinates: 34.0260086, -118.1776199 (hddd.dddd)

68. John Wray

Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front

John Wray was born on February 13, 1887 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as John Griffith Malloy. He was an actor and writer, known for All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), The Death Kiss (1932) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936). He was married to Florence Miller. He died on April 5, 1940 in ...

Plot: Section N, Lot 246 [unmarked]

69. John Barrymore

Actor | Twentieth Century

John Barrymore was born John Sidney Blyth on February 15, 1882 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An American stage and screen actor whose rise to superstardom and subsequent decline is one of the legendary tragedies of Hollywood. A member of the most famous generation of the most famous theatrical ...

His father, the legendary actor John Barrymore, had left specific instructions in his will that his body be cremated and his ashes be laid to rest next to his father and mother in the family cemetery in Philadelphia. However, due to the fact that his brother Lionel Barrymore and sister Ethel Barrymore were Catholic and cremation had not at that time been sanctioned by the Catholic Church, the executors (Lionel and Mervyn LeRoy) pulled some fancy judicial manipulations, and Barrymore's remains were entombed at Calvary Cemetery, in Los Angeles after his death in 1942. In 1980, Barrymore decided -- after hearing a rendition of "The Cremation of Sam McGee" -- that it was high time to have his Dad cremated. He recruited his son, John Blyth Barrymore, to help. The gravediggers removed the "Good Night, Sweet Prince" marble monument from the front of the crypt, and the smell assaulted them. Barrymore had been dead for 38 years, and the body was still decomposing. The casket was solid bronze, and although it had a glass liner, it must have cracked or something, because the fluids from the body had leaked out and had formed a kind of glue between the casket and the floor of the crypt. They muscled the coffin up on the hand truck and wheeled it down a long ramp to a van they had waiting outside. The body fluids were leaking out all the way. They cruised over to the Odd Fellows Cemetery, which had the nearest crematorium, and made the cremation preparations. John Jr. insisted on having a look inside the casket before they left. After viewing the body, he came out white as a sheet and crying. He got in the car and said to his son, "Thank God I'm drunk; I'll never remember it." John Blyth Barrymore got a graphic description later from one of the eye-witnesses. Apparently, all the bouncing around during the move had sort of busted the jaw apart from what was left of the head. They were convinced it was John Barrymore by the very high quality dental work, and because, although most of the flesh on the nose had decomposed, an incredibly long nose cartilage remained.

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