L.A.’s Greatest Dead Angelenos – The Guide

ramone.jpgThis week Metroblogging Los Angeles will count down twenty-five of the most notable, influential, and otherwise greatest individuals who have left their mark on the City of Angels before passing on to another plane of existence.

The list was chosen in a most unscientific group blog fashion that goes from controversial personal picks to a judiciously chosen handful of selections. While some of the Dead Angelenos who you’ll read about may seem like unconventional choices, they represent a broad interpretation of what makes one great. Especially with a project like this, there will be individuals excluded, not due to any other factor than the sheer subjectiveness of the editorial process (which, if you know the Metroblogging principal, essentially means no editorial process at all).

That said, I’ll let the selections speak for themselves, and, at the conclusion of the project, encourage other bloggers or commenters to make the case for other deceased Angelenos who should have made the list.

In the meantime, keep checking back here at blogging.la as we unveil five of L.A. Greatest Dead Angelenos every day, through Friday.

Free free to bookmark this entry, which will link to each entry shortly after they appear.

Monday, October 15
#25: Father Juan Crespi
#24: Howard Hawks
#23: Karen Carpenter
#22: Darby Crash
#21: River Phoenix

Tuesday, October 16

#20: Busby Berkeley
#19: M.F.K. Fisher
#18: Anais Nin
#17: Philip K Dick
#16: Walter E. Disney

Wednesday, October 17th
#15: Pio Pico
#14: Eazy E
#13: Marilyn Monroe
#12: Louis B. Mayer
#11: Julia Child

Thursday, October 18th
#10: Charles Bukowski
#9: Russ Meyer
#8: Aldous Huxley
#7: Buster Keaton
#6: Howard Hughes

Friday, Octobe 19th
#5: Harpo Marx
#4: Griffith J. Griffith
#3: Raymond Chandler
#2: William Mulholland
#1: Jackie Robinson

…photo by Chotda, used under Creative Commons…

11 Replies to “L.A.’s Greatest Dead Angelenos – The Guide”

  1. Hey David, I just visited Hollywood Forever for the first time this weekend and wrote all about it on my blog. They had a banner up advertising the upcoming Day of the Dead fest. Oct. 27th – I thought you guys might want to do a write up on it.

  2. Sorry to change the subject (but the photo of Johnny’s Ramon’s tombstone brought this to mind), but why don’t the Ramon’s have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

  3. Not a single Chinese! Not one.
    Or did I miss someone?

    No Jose Maria Verdugo!
    No Mayor Sam!
    No Mayor Tom!
    No Jon Postel! (Ok, but you should know him)
    No Randy Rhoads!
    No Barry White!
    No Warren Zevon!
    And no Jim Morrison!!

    Karen Carpenter, but no Morrison! Geez, no wonder there are so many cupcake posts around here.

  4. I agree with Louis B. Mayer but I would argue David O. Selznick and especially Irving Thalberg had a lot more to do with Hollywood/Los Angelos as we know it to be.

  5. I agree with Louis B. Mayer but I would argue David O. Selznick and especially Irving Thalberg had a lot more to do with Hollywood/Los Angelos as we know it to be.

  6. I agree with Louis B. Mayer but I would argue David O. Selznick and especially Irving Thalberg had a lot more to do with Hollywood/Los Angelos as we know it to be.

  7. I agree with Louis B. Mayer but I would argue David O. Selznick and especially Irving Thalberg had a lot more to do with Hollywood/Los Angelos as we know it to be.

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