Graves, of course, memorialize people other than mummy and daddy. Woodlawn Cemetery, roughly four-fifths the size of Green-Wood at 400 acres, is animated by the histories of its celebrity bodies. Beneath the lawn lie Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Fiorello La Guardia, Herman Melville, Joseph Pulitzer, and suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Sculptures by well-known artists mark some mausoleums; William Ordway Partridge outfitted Pulitzer's with a bronze sitter reminiscent of The Thinker.
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A thoroughgoing iconoclast, at the height of his fame and influence, producer/director Otto Preminger (Laura, The Man With the Golden Arm, Exodus) preferred to keep himself at arm's length from that industry town: Hollywood. Preminger's business was largely based in New York City, and he kept a townhouse on East 64th Street, which was designed in every detail as the epitome of mid-century modern by frequent collaborator Saul Bass, decorated with Eames furniture and Henry Moore statuary. When... More »