In Remembrance of the Entertainers and Inspirations We Lost in April
In this article, I will be writing about the inspirations and entertainers who died in the month of April.
April 1, 1984 - Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye had already shown a love for music at a young age. When he was 4, he began singing in church while his father played piano for him. At 11, he performed Mario Lanza's 'Be My Love' at his school where he was afterwards encouraged to pursue a music career.
Throughout junior high and high school, Marvin took his singing more seriously, even trying out several bands. His home life, however, went from bad to terrible and never stopped worsening. In fact, Marvin stated that if his mother had not consoled him and encouraged his singing he probably would have killed himself to get away from his abusive father.
In 1956, Marvin dropped out of high school and joined the Air Force. He was disappointed in the fact that he was always given menial tasks so he faked mental illness and the military gave him a general discharge from service.
After he returned, Marvin formed a group with his best friend Reese Palmer called The Marquees. They found failure far too often and couldn't land a record deal. Moonglows cofounder Harvey Fuqua hired The Marquees as employees. Under his direction, the band relocated to Chicago and changed their name to Harvey and the New Moonglows. The group eventually disbanded in 1960. After jumping from job to job, Marvin signed with Tamla in pursuit of a career as a jazz musician. Initially, his music failed but after trying a few more times, he began finding success. He had a long career, but sadly not long enough.
Marvin visited his parents one evening. A fight broke out between them and when Marvin tried to defend his mother, his father shot him in the heart and shoulder. Marvin was survived by 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
April 4, 1968 - Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Junior is most well known as a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He encouraged the nonviolent civil disobedience ways, meaning no matter what a white person did, a black person could not retaliate. Many people followed him, but there were others, such as followers of Malcolm X, that would fight back.
Probably his most famous feat was the 1963 March on Washington where he delivered his I Have a Dream speech. The following year, he received a Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality with nonviolent methods.
In 1965, MLK Jr organized the Selma to Montgomery marches and in 1965 he took the movement to Chicago where he worked on segregated housing. He unfortunately alienated some of his more liberal followers when he expanded his focus to combat poverty and oppose the Vietnam War.
In 1968, MLK Jr was assassinated by James Earl Ray. His death led to riots across the country and Martin Luther King Jr Day was established in 1986.
April 4, 2013 - Roger Ebert
During High School, Roger Ebert's interest in journalism began while he was a sports writer for The News-Gazette, however his writing career truly began with his writing letters of comment to sci-fi magazines of that time. By his senior year, he was editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper.
Ebert completed his high school courses while also taking classes at the University of Illinois as an entry-level student. After graduating high school, he attended college full time, eventually getting his undergraduate degree. As an undergraduate, he was president of the US Student Press Association and began writing film reviews.
Ebert moved to Chicago a few years later, beginning his career as a film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times. His personal life was just as successful as his career, finally giving up alcoholism in 1979 and marrying Charlie "Chaz" Hammelsmith in 1992. It seemed like life couldn't get any better.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Roger was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, which was successfully removed, but no matter what, the cancer kept returning. In fact, it got so bad that he had to use a computerized voice system in order to speak. Roger Ebert died at age 70 while in the process of preparing to return home from the hospital.
April 5, 1976 - Howard Hughes
Even at a young age, Howard Hughes showed interest in science and technology. At age 11, he built Houston, Texas's first wireless radio transmitter. He went on to becoming one of Houston's first licensed users of the ham radio. He even took parts from his father's steam engine and created his own motorized bicycle. Because he was so advanced in knowledge, he attended math and aeronautical engineering courses at Caltech at the age of 14.
Howard's mother died of an ectopic pregnancy in 1922 and his father died of a heart attack in 1924. Howard inherited 75% of his family's fortune and was declared an emancipated minor. His parents' deaths inspired him to include in his own will that a medical research laboratory be created upon his death.
In 1925, Howard moved with his new wife to Los Angeles in order to pursue a filmmaking and aviation career. The marriage ended 4 years later. Howard sold the tool division of Hughes Tool Company and turned it into The Summa Corporation which served as the principal holding company for Hughes' business ventures and investments, primarily being involved in aerospace, defense, electronics, mass media, manufacturing, and hospitality and kept a strong presence in real estate, petroleum drilling, oilfield services, consulting, entertainment, engineering, health care, medical research.
Howard proved he was a natural at filmmaking. His first two films were financial successes, one of those being Two Arabian Knights, which one the first Best Director Academy Award. His next three films were also financial successes. Howard spent $3.8 million to make Hell's Angels which earned nearly $8 million. His next two films, Scarface and The Outlaw were the most controversial films of his time, the first being the most violent film ever made and the latter being the most sexual film ever made. Of course, by now, those records have been broken many times over.
Hughes began a partnership with David Charnay by leading a buyout group and acquired Airwest. Hughes also obtained partial ownership of the RKO companies which ranged from film productions to radio stations. He eventually gained full control of RKO and fired 75% of the work force and would only hire people who shared his political anti-communist views. After several lawsuits from stockholders, he bought out everyone's shares and settled all of the indictments, becoming the first man in nearly 30 years to be a sole owner of a Hollywood studio. Hughes sold the studio a year later, only retaining the rights to the films he produced.
Throughout all of his personal accomplishments, he's probably most well-known for his aviation conquests. In 1938, he set the record for quickest around-the-world flight by finishing in just 3 days, 19 hours, and 17 minutes. With his creative genius and controversial ideas, Howard paved the way to the creation of the aircraft we've had over the past 50 years. He did experience a few failures, however, crashing a few times, the latter being the worst of them all. He suffered a crushed collar bone, multiple cracked ribs, crushed chest, collapsed left lung, a shifting of his heart to the right side of his chest, and countless third degree burns. Despite being confined to a hospital bed, his mind never stopped working and he designed new hospital beds which we use today.
After his recovery, he continued work on the H4 Hercules, the world's largest flying boat. Originally, he intended it to be used for WWII to carry supplies to troops, however it wasn't finished til the end of the war. The Hercules flew only once for just a mile.
Hughes was summoned to appear in court and explain why the military's funding only allowed for Hughes to create two prototype planes and the Hercules. They accused him of spending the government's money on things other than what he was supposed to. Hughes won.
The other thing Howard Hughes was known for was his severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He would obsess over the most minute of details, from having a special fork to sort his peas by size to having to have a certain amount of clouds in the sky for his films. Hughes' disorder caused him to be indecisive and have unpredictable mood swings. In 1958, Howard locked himself away in a darkened studio room, screening movies and eating only chocolate bars and chicken and drank only milk. His hair and nails had grown long during his self-inflicted exile. Howard would often use tissues to pick up objects in order to insulate himself from germs. He would be unable to concentrate on anything else if he were to notice dust, stains, or anything other than perfection on people's clothes. Because of his numerous plane crashes, Howard was in pain for the last half of his life and became addicted to codeine which he injected intramuscularly. Hughes would only have his hair and nails cut once a year, likely due to the pain he was in.
On April 5, 1976, Howard was on board an aircraft traveling from his Mexico penthouse to the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He had suffered kidney failure and was being transported back to the United States, but died on the plane.
April 5, 2008 - Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston had a huge imagination as a child. He would often read books and when playing outside would wander in the woods and act what he had just read. He made the books come to life. In high school, he enrolled in a drama program in which he played in a silent adaptation of Peer Gynt. He went on to earn a drama scholarship to Northwestern University. Years later, he produced the first sound version of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in which Charlton played Mark Antony. Heston married fellow Northwestern University student Lydia Marie Clarke.
World War II raged and Heston enlisted in the Unites States Army Air Forces in 1944. He served for two years as a radio operator and aerial gunner while stationed in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands. When he wasn't in the field, Heston would narrate highly classified military and Department of Energy instructional films, especially ones relating to nuclear weapons. For six years, Charlton had the nation's highest security clearance.
After the war, Heston and his wife moved to Hell's Kitchen in New York City, New York where they both worked as models for artists. In 1947, they decided to move to Asheville, North Carolina for a while where they managed a playhouse, making $100 a week. The next year, they returned to New York. Heston was offered a supporting role in a Broadway revival of William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.
While starring in a television production of Wuthering Heights, Heston was spotted by film producer Hal B. Wallis who offered him a contract. Heston's wife wanted to remain in theater but Heston said he'd try out one film just to see what it was like.He was offered the lead alongside Marilyn Monroe in Let's Make Love but he turned it down to appear in a play directed by Laurence Olivier. The play flopped, but Heston still felt like he was successful because he admired Olivier and had the opportunity to work with him. He never returned to Broadway but acted in regional theatres.
Heston finally landed his first movie role in Dark City, which was a 1950 noir. His breakthrough however was when Cecil B. DeMille cast him in The Greatest Showman on Earth, which won Best Bicture at the Academy Awards. After that, Heston became one of the most prominent religious film leading men, playing leads in The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur. He also appeared in more noir films and a few action films. His most famous role would come in 1968 with Planet of the Apes.
In 1998, Heston was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent radiation treatment and was also treated for alcoholism two years later. In 2002, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Heston sadly died in 2008 comfortably in bed beside his wife of 64 years.
April 15, 1990 - Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo was born in Sweden to an impoverished family. Greta was very much a daydreamer and hated school. She preferred to play alone but was so imaginative and a natural born leader. She developed an interest in theatre and would often direct her friends in make-believe productions. She graduated from school at 13 and did not attend high school, not because she didn't want to but because that was typical for a working class girl at the time. In 1919 the Spanish flu hit Sweden and took her father's life the next year.
Greta started out as a soap-lather girl in a barber shop but soon applied and accepted a position in the PUB Department Store running errands and also working in the women's hats section. Before long, she began modeling hats for the store's catalogues which led to a job as a fashion model. In late 1920, a director for commercials for the store began casting her in advertisements for women's clothing. Two years later, she was given a part in a short film titled Peter the Tramp.
From 1922 to 24, she studied at the Royal Dramatic Theatre's Acting School in Stockholm. Swedish director Mauritz Stiller cast her in his film and became her mentor. From there, her career only continued to soar as she won parts for silent films, mostly because of her mesmerizing eyes. She worked for almost twenty years through the silent film era and into the transition to sound films.
In 1941, she was cast in the romantic comedy Two-Faced Woman which was a critical failure. Embarrassed by the bad reviews, she referred to the film as "my grave". She did not intend to retire but the European market was troubled with WWII having broken out. It wasn't until 1948 when Garbo signed on to star in Queen Christina, however the film failed to gain the finances needed and the project was abandoned. It's been said that the horrible reviews for Two Faced Woman and the financial disaster Queen Christina caused Garbo to think ill of herself and would reject any offers for other roles. Even when she did accept, the slightest problem would cause her to drop out. Four years before her death, she said in an interview, "I was tired of Hollywood. I did not like my work. There were many days when I had to force myself to go to the studio. I really wanted to live another life."
April 26, 1989 - Lucille Ball
Lucille's childhood was full of tragedy. When she was 3, her father died of typhoid fever. The day her father died, a bird had been trapped in the house which caused her to develop ornithophobia. Lucille would often admire and pose while looking in mirrors and would be severely chastised for it as that was considered vanity in her mother's eyes.
When her stepfather's organization needed female entertainers for the chorus line of their next show, he encouraged Lucille to try out. While onstage, she gained an appetite for recognition. Unfortunately, that was put on hold when her family suffered yet more misfortune. Their house and furnishings were lost to settle a financial legal judgment after a boy was shot and paralyzed from a stray bullet while someone was target shooting in their yard under Lucille's grandfather's supervision. The family moved into a small apartment in Jamestown.
In 1925, Lucille started dating a local hoodlum. After a year, her mother arranged for Lucille to go to the John Murray Anderson School for the Dramatic Arts in New York City. There, Lucille received much criticism and was told by her teachers that she'd never become famous. Lucille hated the criticism and became determined to prove her teachers wrong. She began working as a fashion model for Hattie Carnegie. Her career was thriving but was out of work for two years when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She tried again in 1932 to become an actress and got work at Carnegie as the Chesterfield Cigarette girl.
Lucille moved permanently to Hollywood in the 30s and was able to land several small roles for RKO Radio Pictures which included a short with The Three Stooges and a movie with The Marx Brothers.She signed with MGM in the 40s but never achieved major stardom in her roles with the studio. She was known as "Queen of the B's", meaning she couldn't get any jobs outside of B-level films. In 1948, Lucille was cast as Liz in My Favorite Husband which was a radio program. It was a success and CBS asked her to develop it for television. She agreed but under the condition that she be able to work with her real-life husband Desi Arnaz. CBS was reluctant but eventually caved and I Love Lucy was added to the station's regular programming. The show became a smash hit and Lucille became the first woman in television to be the head of a production company, named Desilu. i Love Lucy dominated the ratings for most of its run, even breaking the record for the longest recorded studio audience laugh during the episode "Lucy Does the Tango". The Desilu production company was eventually sold for $17,000,000 and merged into Paramount Pictures in 1967.
On April 18, 1989, Lucille complained of chest pains and an ambulance rushed her to the emergency room. She was diagnosed with Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm and underwent heart surgery for nearly 8 hours. Her recovery was fast and things seemed to be perfectly fine until 8 days later when she woke with severe back pain and lost consciousness. Medics attempted to revive her but were unable to do so. It was later determined she had suffered a second aortic rupture in the abdominal area.
April 29, 1980 - Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock lived a lonely and sheltered childhood. He recalled a time when he behaved badly and his father forced him to walk to the police station and have them lock him away for 5 minutes. This caused Alfred to develop a lifelong fear of the police, and that fear was a major theme in many of his films.
Alfred was sent to the Salesian College and the Jesuit Grammar School in St ignatius' College in London. He was labeled as only an average student by one teacher, yet another has said that he excelled in academics. After his father died, Alfred left St Ignatius to study at the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation. He used what he learned there to become a draftsman and advertising designer for a cable company called Henley's.
During WWI, he was drafted but was ultimately excused because of his weight and size. While working at Henley's, Alfred began writing creatively. The company's in-house publication The Henley Telegraph was founded in 1919 to which he submitted many short articles and became one of its top contributors.
Alfred began his film career at the age of 20, working as a title card designer for the London branch of Famous Players-Lasky, an arm of Paramount Pictures. It took 5 years for him to rise from designer to director. He became a combination of screenwriter, art director, and assistant director for 5 films. Hitchcock tried his hand at his own productions, the first few failing but eventually finding success with The Lodger. It was a major success both commercially and critically. Hitchcock hired a publicist to help strengthen his reputation.
In 1926, Hitchcock married his assistant director Alma Reville. They only had one child named Patricia. Hitchcock would often discuss his films with Alma, but would only do so in private to avoid public attention.
After the conversion to sound film, Hitchcock began work on his tenth film, Blackmail, which is considered to be the first British sound feature film. His work never slowed as he dished out one hit after the other, captivating audiences with his unique style of suspense. The 1950s were known as Hitchcock's Peak Years, in which he released the best films he had ever made. The climactic point in his career came in 1960 with Psycho, which was produced on a budget of $800,000. The public loved the film. People lined up outside of the theater for it and if one show was sold out then people would stay and wait for the next showing.
After Psycho, Hitchcock made only a few more films before he had to slow down due to declining health and his increasing concern for his wife who had suffered a major stroke. Hitchcock died in 1980 of renal failure.
We remember these fine people for the inspiration they have given us and for the accomplishments they have made. They will forever be in our hearts and memories. We can learn so much from each of these incredible people, if we will just open up our minds and hearts.
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- April 1, 1995 - Cheryl Waltz
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- April 1, 1996 - Mario Viegas
- April 1, 1998 - Gene Evans
- April 1, 2003 - Leslie Cheung
- April 1, 2004 - Carrie Snodgrass
- April 1, 2010 - John Forsythe
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- April 2, 1953 - Jean Epstein
- April 2, 1956 - Chester Clute
- April 2, 1974 - Douglass Dumbrille
- April 2, 1976 - Ray Teal
- April 2, 1987 - Buddy Rich
- April 2, 1990 - Aldo Fabrizi
- April 2, 1992 - Tomisaburo Wakayama
- April 2, 1993 - Eugenie Leontovitch
- April 2, 1994 - Richard Davies
- April 2, 1997 - Tomoyuki Tanaka
- April 2, 2001 - Jennifer Syme
- April 2, 2003 - Edwin Starr
- April 2, 2005 - Pope John Paul II
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- April 3, 1969 - Rex Evans
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- April 3, 1990 - Katharine Balfour
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- April 4, 1983 - Gloria Swanson
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- April 4, 1999 - Faith Domergue
- April 4, 2002 - Harry O'Connor
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