Billingsley had a series of hand signals he gave staff:
- If he put his hand on his tie he meant “No bill for this table.”
- If his hand was resting on a table with the palm upward he was calling for champagne.
- Interlocked hands with the thumbs pointing up was an instruction to get this group of people out and not to let them in again.
Not that Humphrey Bogart would know – he was banned for life after a disagreement with Sherman.
Final Resting Place:
280 Secor Road
Hartsdale, New York, 10530
Grave Location:Ferncliff Mausoleum, Unit 8, Alcove Y, Crypt 87
Grave Location Description
As you enter the massive Ferncliff Mausoleum, turn left and then left again and then right. Walk to the far wall and you should see the grave of Ed Sullivan. Look to the right and you will see an elevator (no stairs) to the basement area of Unit 8. Take the elevator down one level and exit to the right, then the first left and then the first right. Look to your right on the top row and you will find Mr. Billingsley and his wife (in what looks like it is marked Alcove X but it is really Alcove Y).
And yes, this windowless, steamy basement mausoleum is creepy as hell.
Grave Location GPS41.0281298850 -73.8363440007
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