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Wallace Maynard "Wally" Cox was an American comedian and actor, particularly associated with the early years of television in the United States.
Born: December 6, 1924, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 15, 1973, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Education: Denby High School
Lived: 53 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, USA (40.76595, -73.98029)
Buried: Death Valley, California, along with those of his close friend, actor Marlon Brando (ashes)
Buried alongside: Marlon Brando
Find A Grave Memorial# 2538
Height: 1.68 m
Books: My life as a small boy, The Tenth Life of Osiris Oaks
Spouse: Patricia Tiernan (m. 1967–1973), Milagros Tirado Fink (m. 1963–1966), Marilyn Gennaro (m. 1954–1961)

Mousy TV actor Wally Cox and his longtime roommate, the brooding Marlon Brando, were definitely one of New York’s oddest couples. Brando and Cox met when they were 9 years old. As adults, they were weight-lifting partners, and the diminutive Cox was rumored to be well built in a number of important ways. There was a widely disseminated photograph of the two men engaged in a sex act, but it may have been intentionally posed in order to provoke controversy. Though married many times and the father of many children, perhaps Brando’s longest relationship was with Cox. The two shared an apartment, and after Cox’s death in 1973, Brando rushed back to the US from Tahiti to procure his friend’s ashes. He did so telling Cox’s wife he was to scatter them on a place they used to go climbing. Instead, he kept Cox’s remains at home, and sometime even under the passenger sit in his car, often talking to the urn as if it were his still-living friend. After Brando’s own death and cremation in 2004, their ashes along with those of another longtime friend, Sam Gilman, were scattered together in Tahiti and Death Valley.
They met in 1933 and remained friends until Cox’s death in 1973: 40 years.
Marlon Brando (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004)
Wally Cox (December 6, 1924 – February 15, 1973)

Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
ISBN-10: 1500563323
Release Date: September 21, 2014
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57th Street is one of New York City’s major thoroughfares, which runs east-west in the Midtown section of the borough of Manhattan, from the New York City Department of Sanitation’s dock on the Hudson River at the West Side Highway to a small park overlooking the East River built on a platform suspended above the FDR Drive. It is two blocks south of Central Park between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. 57th Street is notable for prestigious art galleries, restaurants and up-market shops.
Address: 205 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, USA (40.76595, -73.98029)
Type: Private Property
National Register of Historic Places: Osborne Apartments, 93000333, 1993
Beginning with the construction of One57, a 1,004 foot tall apartment building between Sixth and Seventh Avenues which was completed in 2014, a large number of very tall ultra-luxury residential buildings have been constructed or proposed on the section of 57th Street roughly corresponding to the southern edge of Central Park. Due to the often record-breaking prices that have been set for the apartments in these buildings, the press has dubbed this section of 57th Street as "Billionaires” Row.” Other projects contributing to this construction boom include the 1,396 foot tall 432 Park Avenue (located on East 57th Street), the 1,438 foot tall 111 West 57th Street, the 1,775 foot tall 225 West 57th Street, and the proposed 41 West 57th Street. These projects have generated controversy concerning the economic conditions and zoning policies that have encouraged these buildings, as well as the impact these towers will have on the surrounding neighborhoods and the shadows they will cast on Central Park.
Notable queer residents at West 57th Street:
• In 1949, Marlon Brando and his close friend Wally Cox roomed together in a 2-room apartment in a building on 53 West 57th Street. In 1943, Marlon Brando lived also at Patchin Place, while rooming with his sister, and in 1946 at 43 5th Ave, in a tiny apartment with a roommate named Igor, a Russian violinist. This was when he was studying acting in NYC. Marlon Brando was an actor, film director, and activist. He is hailed for bringing a gripping realism to film acting and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. In 1973, Brando suffered a great personal loss with the death of his childhood and best friend Wally Cox. Brando appeared unannounced at Cox’s wake. As told by Patricia Bosworth to A&E, Marlon showed up and "climbed up a tree and looked down on everybody. He got the ashes away from Wally Cox’s wife, the box of ashes, and they literally fought over the ashes... He kept them first in his car and then by his bed... Mrs. Cox was going to sue for the ashes but she finally said "I think Marlon needs the ashes more than I do”." At Brando’s death, he was cremated, and his ashes were put in with those of his childhood friend and another longtime friend, Sam Gilman. They were then scattered partly in Tahiti and partly in Death Valley.
• The Osborne Apartments are located at 205 West 57th Street. The Osborne began construction in 1883 and was completed in 1885. The building stands behind its dour and reticent rusticated brownstone cladding, on the northwest corner of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, catercorner from Carnegie Hall. The Osborne, far less prominent for the city’s visitors than The Dakota, was designed and built by James Edward Ware in 1883–85 and expanded with an annex to the west in 1906, designed by Alfred S. G. Taylor and Julien Clarence Levi. The stone contractor Thomas Osborne, whose ruinous speculative investment it was, gave the building his name. A visual connection to Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s summer residence in the Isle of Wight is also made. Three modillioned cornices divide the height into three broad horizontal bandings, with a two-story attic added for servants’ quarters in 1891 that is capped with a top cornice. The original building is constructed of masonry bearing walls ranging from 4 1/2 feet thick at its base to 18 inches at the top floor. The 1906 Annex is constructed of steel-framing behind brick and brownstone curtain walls. Its range of street-level shopfronts is broken at the center of the main, 57th Street front by its entrance. The unusually richly decorated lobby, in American Renaissance taste, has stuccoed and mosaic-tiled walls, floors that mix tile mosaics and slabs of varicolored Italian marble. Complementary marble was used for the wainscoting and carved marble recesses with benches. Mosaics and glazed terracotta "Della Robbia" panels cover the walls and ceilings in rich hues of red, blue and gold leaf, with contributions by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the great sculptor of the American Renaissance, the muralist John La Farge, glass by Tiffany Studios and French designer Jacob Adolphus Holzer. Leo Lerman (May 23, 1914 – August 22, 1994) was a writer and editor who worked for Condé Nast Publications for more than 50 years. Lerman’s lifelong love and partner was artist Gray Foy, together from 1948 until Lerman’s death in 1994. When Lerman died without completing his life story, Gray discovered that Leo had actually kept diary-like notebooks. Foy showed them to Stephen Pascal, who used these notebooks and other outside materials about Lerman’s life to put together the book. Gray Foy (August 10, 1922 - November 23, 2012) was an artist of considerable early reputation, who was known in later years as a tastemaker, bon vivant, salonnier, partygoer, party-giver, genteel accumulator and perennial fixture of New York cultural life. He died at 90, in the 3,500-square-foot, largely lilac-walled apartment in the Osborne, where he had lived since the 1960s in congenial Victorian profusion. After the death of his long time partner, Leo Lerman, he married Joel Kaye, who survives him. On any given night — first in the crumbling brownstone on upper Lexington Avenue where their romance began in the late 1940s, and later in the apartment in the Osborne, to which the couple moved in 1967 — the Foy-Lerman firmament might include many of these stars: Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Bowles, Maria Callas, Mr. Capote, Carol Channing, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Aaron Copland, Marcel Duchamp, Margot Fonteyn, John Gielgud, Martha Graham, Cary Grant, Anaïs Nin, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Edith Sitwell, Susan Sontag, Virgil Thomson, Lionel and Diana Trilling and Anna May Wong. After Gray Foy’s death, the apartment’s content was auctioned off.

Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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