Seen at the Grocery & Flea Markets
If they don’t live here, they’ve hung out here…
Judge Lance Ito
Oscar de la Hoya
John C. Reilly
Who Went to School Here
William Holden & Hilary Swank, South Pas High
Steven J. Cannell, La Canada public schools and Flintridge Preparatory School
Gen George S. Patton, San Marino schools
Phil Hendrie (talk radio host), Eddie Van Halen & John Singleton went to PCC
Juila Child & author Harriet Huntington Doerr went to Polytechnic School
Cheryl Tiegs, Kenny Loggins and Duane Allen went to Alhambra High
Hayley Joel Osment and sis Emily Osment went to Flintridge Prep
Pay Your Respects
Glendale’s Forest Lawn is jam-packed with famous folks. We eschew the movie stars and look for the graves of the musicians we love:
LaVerne and Maxene Andrews, two of the Andrews Sisters
Nat King Cole, jazz singer
Sam Cooke, R&B legend
Sammy Davis Jr., Rat Packer
Art Tatum, jazz pianist
Ethel Waters, jazz singer and movie star
Johnny “Guitar” Watson, R&B musician
Mary Wells, Motown singer
Michael Jackson, pop sensation (although apparently his grave is unmarked)
Thespians of the Pasadena Playhouse
Just a few of the people who studied at the former Pasadena Academy of Dramatic Arts, which was part of the Pasadena Playhouse:
Gig Young, Eve Arden, Margaret O’Brien, John Barrymore Jr., Raymond Burr, Dustin Hoffman, Elaine May, Mare Winningham, Diahann Carroll, Gene Hackman
And the Award Goes to…
The Emmys and the People’s Choice Awards were long held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Locals Who Did Cool Stuff:
Charles Richter, inventor of the Richter Scale
Upton Sinclair, novelist, author of The Jungle, and Pasadena resident from 1915-1953
Jackie Robinson, first black baseball player in the Major Leagues
Richard Knerr and “Spud” Melin, who created the Hula Hoop, Frisbee and Super Ball
James Jannard, founder of Oakley Eyewear
PCC grad Verne Winchell, the doughnut guy
Bobby Driscoll (1937-1968), child actor who was the model for the cartoon drawing of Peter Pan
Well, Define “Cool”…
— Bobby Fischer, chess champ and nut job, claims to have been tortured in a Pasadena jail.
— Aimee Semple McPherson, sensational evangelist from 1912 until her death in 1944, pioneer radio ministry, built L.A’s Angelus Temple and had floats in the Rose Parade.
— Jack Parsons, the rocket-inventing genius and co-founder of JPL, was also a way-out-there occultist (he called himself the Antichrist) and sexual free spirit. He and L.Ron Hubbard squabbled over Sarah Northrup, who became Mrs L. Ron #2. Parsons died in an explosion in his home lab in 1952, and JPL prefers not to mention its notorious founding father too often.
Reportedly Did Time in Local Rehab
Robert Downey Jr.
Rush Limbaugh, OxyContin addict
Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy and Sharon
Kelly Osbourne, daughter of Ozzy and Sharon
Tom Sizemore, angry actor
One Final Note
W.C Fields died in Pasadena in 1946 of complications from alcoholism.