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Hollywood Memorial

Alan Ladd

Actor best remembered for his 1953 role of ‘Shane’ in the western movie of the same name. He started as a grip for Warner Brothers Studio, and in 1936, he married Marjorie ‘Midge’ Harrold. A few months later they moved into an apartment, where soon his destitute alcoholic mother joined them. A few months later, Ladd had to watch his mother die a slow agonizing death from suicide after she had swallowed ant poison. Eventually, he got a job doing shows on radio, and in 1939, talent scout Sue Carol discovered him. She got him a number of bit parts in films, and in 1941, he was given the role of a psychotic killer in ‘This Gun for Hire’ (1942), which caught audience attention and made him a star. In 1941, he divorced Midge and a year later, married Sue Carol. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, his tough-guy roles in numerous westerns and war films gave him star billing, as the audiences liked his efforts. By the end of the 1950s, a string of mediocre movies, failure to get the scripts he wanted and alcohol all began to take their toll on him, and in November 1962, he attempted suicide by shooting himself. However, he recovered and appeared to most people to return to a normal life, but in January 1964, was found dead at his home in Palm Springs, California, due to cerebral edema from an apparent accidental overdose (some believe he committed suicide) of alcohol and sedatives. Ironically, in his last film, ‘The Carpetbaggers’ (1964), he played an aging, washed up movie star. Entombed near Clara Bow, Jeanette MacDonald, Nat King Cole, George Burns & Gracie Allen at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale.