DEAD: ON THIS DATE
George Burns (aged 100)
American comedian, actor, and writer
George Burns (born Nathan Birnbaum; January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996) was an American comedian, actor, singer, and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, radio, film and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar-smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. He and his wife, Gracie Allen, appeared on radio, television, and film as the comedy duo Burns and Allen.
DEATH: On March 9, 1996, 49 days after his centenary, Burns died in his Beverly Hills home. His funeral was held three days later at the Wee Kirk o’ the Heather church in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale.As much as he looked forward to reaching the age of 100, Burns also stated, about a year before he died, that he also looked forward to death, saying that on the day he would die, he would be with Gracie again in Heaven. Upon being interred with Gracie, the crypt’s marker was changed from, “Grace Allen Burns-Beloved Wife And Mother (1902–1964)” to “Gracie Allen (1902–1964) & George Burns (1896–1996)-Together Again”. George had said that he wanted Gracie to have top billing.