Monday, August 22, 2011

Lois Hall, Elisabeth Bergner, Sebastian Cabot, Charles Stevens

Who was born on this date:

Actress Lois Hall was born on August 22, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She is best known for her television appearances which included The Cisco Kid, The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Superman, Marcus Welby, M.D., Little House on the Prairie and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She also starred in such classic films as Every Girl Should Be Married (1948), Love Happy (1949), My Blue Heaven (1950), Carrie (1952), Night Raiders (1952), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). However, she is perhaps best known for her supporting role as Sister Constance in the acclaimed 1991 drama Dead, Again. Hall died of a heart attack on December 21, 2006 and is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Actress Elisabeth Bergner was born on August 22, 1897 in Drohobycz, Ukraine. She began acting at age 15 in Innsbruck, Vienna and toured Austrian and German provinces with a Shakespearean company. In 1923 she made her film debut in Der Evangelimann. With the rise of Nazism, Bergner moved to London and there she appeared on stage. She made her film debut in 1931’s Arianne, other notable film credits include The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934), As you Like It (1934), Escape Me Never (1935), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, and the Duchess of Malfi (1946). Bergner died on May 12, 1986 in London. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered at Golders Green Crematorium in Golders Green, England.

Who died on this date: 

On August 22, 1977, actor Sebastian Cabot died. He was born on July 6, 1918 in London, England and is best remembered for his role as the butler in the 1960s sitcom Family Affair. His film career credits include Foreign Affaires (1935), Secret Agent (1936), Othello (1946), and The Time Machine (1960). He also did voice parts for animated films such as Disney's Jungle Book (1967) as Bagheera, The Sword and the Stone (1963) as Sir Ector, and the narrator of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) and Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966). He lived his final years near Sidney, British Columbia and in 1977 he suffered a stroke, his second in three years. Cabot was taken to a Victoria Hospital, where he died on August 22, 1977. Cabot's cremated remains are buried in the urn garden in Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles and ironically is interred within yards of TV co-star Brian Keith.

On August 22, 1964, actor Charles Stevens died. He was born on May 26, 1893 in Solomonville, Arizona and was the grandson of legendary Apache Chief Geronimo. Stevens appeared in nearly 200 films between 1915 and 1961 and was a close friend of actor Douglas Fairbanks. He began his career during the silent era playing mostly Native American and Mexican parts in Westerns. During the 1930s and 1940s, he had roles in the film serials Wild West Days and Overland Mail. In the 1950s, Stevens guest starred on several television series including The Lone Ranger and Zorro. He made his last onscreen appearance in the 1961 film The Outsider, opposite Tony Curtis. He died on August 22, 1964 and is buried in an unmarked grave at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, California., author of Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1950

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