string(156) "Grave of Mark Sandman. Mark Sandman was born on September 24, 1952 and died in Giardini del Principe, Palestrina, Italy due to Heart attack on July 3, 1999."
string(174) "Grave of Bunk Johnson. Bunk Johnson was born on December 27, 1885 and died in 638 Franklin Street, New Iberia, Louisiana due to Lingering effects of a stroke on July 7, 1949."
Irving "Swifty" Lazar was the legendary Hollywood talent agent whose image as a dapper, elfin deal-maker with Coke-bottle glasses and bald dome made him a caricaturist's dream represent some of the greatest talent in Hollywood including Humphrey Bogart, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Faye Dunaway, Richard M. Nixon, Noel Coward, Tennessee Williams, John Cheever, and John Huston (to name a few). Mr. Lazar, who wore trademark oversize dark eyeglasses, called himself the Prince of Pitch (he hated "Swifty") who won record fees for his clients when such mega-deals were unheard of including the sale of Truman Capote's novel "In Cold Blood" for $500,000, the musical "Camelot" for $1.4 million and he sold Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" when it was only a five-sentence summary. He also started the tradition for annual Oscar-night parties with his own private annual Oscar-night dinner party at Spago.
If you were to look at Swifty’s …. err I mean Irving Lazar’s Rolodex, it would include:
Cary Grant Cher Clifford Odets Cole Porter Ernest Hemingway
Gene Kelly Humphrey Bogart Ira Gershwin Irwin Shaw
Joan Collins Lauren Bacall Madonna Moss Hart Noël Coward
Richard Nixon Tennessee Williams Truman Capote Walter Matthau
Final Resting Place:
Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
1218 Glendon Avenue
Los Angeles, California, 90028
Copyright 2012 Jeannette M. Hartman
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery drive over towards the chapel and park. Walk across the lawn area away from the chapel towards the large “Armand Hammer” mausoleum. Look to your right and along the hedge line that borders the cemetery you will find Don’t Call Me Swifty Lazar.
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Read More About Irving Lazar:
Videos Featuring Irving Lazar:
Wolfgang Puck with Swifty Lazar story
Irving "Swifty" Lazar lived here
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