In Memorium 1950's,60's

This page is in memory of some of those who passed from 1950 to 1969. Please pause a moment to reflect.

Judy Garland

1922 - 1969

Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 June 22, 1969) was an American actress, singer, and vaudevillian. Described by Fred Astaire as "the greatest entertainer who ever lived" and renowned for her unique voice, she attained international stardom throughout a career which spanned more than 40 years, as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage. Respected for her versatility, she received a Juvenile Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award as well as Grammy Awards and a Special Tony Award.

Yuri Gagarin

1934 - 1968

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 27 March 1968) was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut (an astronaut, but not an astronaut). He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

Bert Lahr

1895 - 1967

Bert Lahr (born Irving Lahrheim; August 13, 1895 December 4, 1967) was an American actor and comedian. Lahr is remembered largely for his role as Kansas farmworker Zeke and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939). He was very well known for work in burlesque, vaudeville, and on Broadway.

Harry BlackStone Sr.

1885 - 1965

Harry Blackstone (September 27, 1885 November 16, 1965) was a famed stage magician and illusionist of the 20th century. Blackstone was born Harry Boughton. He began his career as a magician in his teens and was popular through World War II as a USO entertainer. He was often billed as The Great Blackstone. His son Harry Blackstone, Jr. also became a famous magician.

Stan Laurel

1890 - 1965

Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer and director, famous as the first half of the comedy double-act Laurel and Hardy, whose career stretched from the silent films of the early 20th century until after World War II.

Harpo Marx

1988 - 1964

Arthur Adolph "Harpo" Marx (November 23, 1888 September 28, 1964) was the second oldest of the Marx Brothers and a performer whose comic style was influenced by clown and pantomime traditions. He wore a curly reddish wig and he never spoke during performances (he blew a horn or whistled to communicate). Marx frequently used props such as a walking stick with a built-in bulb horn, and he played the harp in most of his films.

Marilyn Monroe

1926 - 1962

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 August 5, 1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and model. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were critically acclaimed. In a few years, Monroe reached stardom and was cast as the leading lady in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot.

Chico Marx

1887 - 1961

Leonard "Chico" Marx (March 22, 1887 October 11, 1961) was the eldest of the Marx Brothers. Marx used an Italian accent for his on-stage character; stereotyped ethnic characters were common with Vaudeville comedians. All the Marx brothers at some point in their careers performed "dialect characters," but Chico was the only one to continue this into his films.

Arthur Meighen

1874 - 1960

Arthur Meighen, PC, QC (June 16, 1874 August 5, 1960) was the ninth Prime Minister of Canada from July 10, 1920 to December 29, 1921 and June 29 to September 25, 1926. He was the first Prime Minister born after Confederation, and the only one to represent a riding in Manitoba. Both of his terms of office were brief.

Lou Costello


Louis Francis Cristillo "Lou Costello" (March 6, 1906 March 3, 1959) was an American actor and comedian best remembered for the comedy double act of Abbott and Costello, with Bud Abbott. Costello played a chubby, bumbling character. His catchphrase was "Heeeeyyy, Abbott!"

Oliver Hardy

1892 - 1957

Oliver Hardy (born Norvell Hardy; January 18, 1892 August 7, 1957) was an American comic actor famous as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted over 31 years, from 1926 to 1957.

Albert Einstein

1879 - 1955

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 18 April 1955) was a theoretical physicist, philosopher and author who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and best known scientists and intellectuals of all time. A German-Swiss Nobel laureate, he is often regarded as the father of modern physics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".

William Lyon Mackenzie King

1874 - 1950

William Lyon Mackenzie King, PC, OM, CMG (December 17, 1874 July 22, 1950) was the dominant Canadian political leader from the 1920s to the 1940s. He served as the tenth Prime Minister of Canada from December 29, 1921 to June 28, 1926; September 25, 1926 to August 6, 1930; and October 23, 1935 to November 15, 1948. A Liberal with 21 years in office, he was the longest-serving Prime Minister in British Commonwealth history. He is commonly known either by his full name or as Mackenzie King. Trained in law and social work he was keenly interested in the human condition; as a boy his motto was "Help those that cannot help themselves".