1001 W 75TH ST. WOODRIDGE, IL 630-427-1880

Hollywood Memorial

Buster Keaton

Legendary motion picture comic actor, writer, producer, and director from the silent age thru the 1960s. A chance meeting with Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle changed his life forever. Arbuckle had been making movie shorts with Mack Sennett . He asked Buster to do a scene with him in ‘The Butcher Boy,’ Buster agreed and a lifelong friendship began. His deadpan expression and innovative film making at his own studio got huge laughs. In 1921, he married his first wife, Natalie Talmadge, sister to the famous Norma and Constance Talmadge. Natalie spent the money as soon as Buster would earn it. She demanded new houses and new clothes and everything. By 1928, Buster had signed with MGM, but lost control over his filmmaking and went into a downward spiral with alcohol. By 1933, Buster was on his way out. Natalie had divorced him. Buster had a complete breakdown and various stays in the hospital. It was there he met a nurse named Mae Scribbins, and in 1935, he married her. This marriage didn’t last and by the end of the decade, he was divorced again. In 1940, however, luck began to change for Buster. He met a 21-year-old MGM dancer by the name of Eleanor and married her that year. Buster was 45 years old, but it was the turning point in Buster’s life. Eleanor encouraged him to stop drinking and get his life back in order. By the 1950’s, Buster had made an appearance in a Chaplin film, ‘Limelight,’ and been on numerous TV shows and had his own show. Buster continued working up until his death in 1966. He was a true comedy genius and film pioneer, but another one of those great stars with a difficult and often tragic personal life. His grave is at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.