Celebrity Death Certificates 2


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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

M.F. Steen has been a funeral service provider for more than 40 years. In 1989, Gentleman’s Quarterly called Mr. Steen the “Mortician to the Stars.” He continues to serve families on a daily basis.

Bibliographic Details

M.F. Steen

Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 206
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2005
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2346-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1126-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

The Certificates      4
Biographical Notes      187

Book Reviews & Awards

Reviews of the series:

• “Fascinating material…recommend[ed]”—Classic Images

• “Unique…fascinating”—ARBA

• “Definitely of interest to Hollywood trivia buffs”—Valley Scene Magazine

• “A unique reading experience…intriguing”—Associated Content

• “Mike Steen REALLY knows where the bodies are buried in Hollywood…fascinating”—National Enquirer

• “Definitely…of interest to Hollywood trivia buffs”—Bookstew

• “Fascinating…excellent…informative”—Big Reel