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Jose Ramón Gil Samaniego, best known as Ramón Novarro, was a Mexican-American film, stage and television actor who began his career in silent films in 1917 and eventually became a leading man and one ...
Born: February 6, 1899, Durango, Mexico
Died: October 30, 1968, North Hollywood, California, United States
Lived: 2255 Verde Oak Drive
Buried: Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA, Plot: Section C, Lot 586, Grave 5, GPS (lat/lon): 34.02615, -118.17595
Height: 1.68 m
Siblings: Rosa Samaniegos, Guadalupe Samaniegos, more

Silent film star Ramon Novarro (1899-1968) bought this home at 2255 Verde Oak Drive in 1945. Built in 1928 it was deisgned by Lloyd Wright. The Mayanesque house was built for Louis Samuel, Ramon Novarro's personal secretary. After Novarro found Samuel embezzling money, he took over the house and expanded it, hiring legendary art director Cedric Gibbons to design interiors. Unlike other homosexual actors, Novarro refused to marry a woman to hide his homosexuality. He was murdered in this home at age 69 by two brothers who were male prostitutes and physique photo models. The sensational coverage of his murder made Novarro's homosexuality a matter of public record. Since the Novarro days, the house has been home to a number of musical theater types: composer Leonard Bernstein, theater director Jerome Robbins, and musical-comedy duo Betty Comden and Adolph Green. This is the house that gave actress Diane Keaton the historic preservation bug (she hired architect Josh Schweitzer to restore it). And actress Christina Ricci owned it for a year, selling its to its current owner in 2006 for $2.827 million. It hit the market again in Nov. 2011 asking $4.195 million; was back in the market in 2013 with a new price of $4.495 million.



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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Pola Negri (1899-1987), Polish stage and film actress, is buried at Calvary Cemetery (4201 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023). In the early 1940s, she became close friends with Margaret West, an oil heiress and vaudeville actress that she had originally met in the 1930s. The two became housemates, and moved from Los Angeles to San Antonio, Texas, in 1957. Margaret West (1903-1963) is buried at Mission Park Cemetery (1700 SE Military Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214). Also Ramón Novarro (1899–1968) is buried at Calvary Cemetery.



Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/6228297
Amazon (print): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1532901909/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
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