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Bizarre But Telling Story!

16 Jul

In the current issue of the outstanding quarterly magazine Films Of The Golden Age,  issue number 105 Summer 2021, is an extensive article with actor, dancer, choreographer Christopher Riordan, who happily is still with us.   He worked with many of Hollywood’s top stars in films, television, and behind the camera including Barbara Stanwyck, Fred Astaire, Elvis Pressley,  Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra and many others.   Christopher Riordan said, “I did, at one point, I found myself working as a funeral consultant at Forest Lawn Cemetery!  I was involved in several celebrity funerals.  The first star I “buried” was Humphrey Bogart in 1957.   He is interred in the “Garden Of Memory”, which is not open to the public.  I also handled Franklin Pangborn’s funeral in 1958 and Errol Flynn’s in 1959.  As for Errol’s funeral, I distinctly remember Patrice Wymore, Errol’s long estranged wife, coming up to me and requesting that Errol’s teenage girlfriend, Beverly Aadland, be barred!”

— Ralph Schiller

 
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  1. Karl

    July 16, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    What a RARE remembrance SIR Ralph… THANK YOU for sharing… always thought there might be “just a bit” of bad feelings.

    PS You can’t beat DIRECT evidence (not to mention first hand knowledge)!

     
    • Ralph Schiller

      July 16, 2021 at 11:53 pm

      Patrice Wymore never put a tombstone on his grave. After more than 20 years, it was Nora Eddington and her daughters who finally honored him. God bless them.

       
  2. David DeWitt

    July 17, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for this great posting! I have had several conversations of Facebook with Christopher Riordan … fascinating guy …

     
    • Ralph Schiller

      July 17, 2021 at 11:35 pm

      David, Please get the magazine because Christopher Riordan has a lot to say about the people he worked with. His comments are positive with a few glaring exceptions.

       
 
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