Celebrity Death Certificates 2, Volume 2

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McFarland, Nov 30, 2005 - Art - 200 pages
Literally the last word for Hollywood trivia buffs, a celebrity death certificate is also strangely compelling. Its matter-of-fact reportage makes the famous ordinary, illuminating previously well-lit profiles with the unfiltered light of the everyday. A death certificate may also reveal information that stars assiduously concealed, such as actual birthdates. In California, home to many of Hollywood's brightest stars, death certificates are a matter of public record--and consequently an untapped mine of information.This follow-up to M.F. Steen's previous collection (2003) reproduces in full 169 of the death certificates of the entertainment industry's dearly departed. Brief biographical notes are included, listing birth and professional name as well as notable film, TV and entertainment credits. Mel Blanc, Lorne Greene, John Ritter, Gregory Peck, and Ronald Reagan are just a few of Hollywood's notables whose death certificates are collected here.

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About the author (2005)

M.F. Steen has been a funeral service provider for over 40 years. For 11 years he directed funerals and burials for the rich and famous at Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park. In 1989, Gentlemans Quarterly called Mr. Steen the Mortician to the Stars. He lives in Santa Monica, California.