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William Haines (January 2, 1900 – December 26, 1973)

William Haines was an American film actor and interior designer. On a trip to New York in 1926, Haines met James "Jimmie" Shields, probably as a pick-up on the street. Haines convinced Shields to move to Los Angeles, promising to get him work as an extra. In 1933, Haines was asked to choose between a sham marriage and his relationship with Shields. Haines chose Shields. Haines and Shields remained together for the rest of their lives. Haines died from lung cancer; soon afterward Shields, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, put on Haines' pajamas, took an overdose of pills, and crawled into their bed to die. They were interred side by side in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery. Joan Crawford, with whom the two men maintained a lifelong friendship, called them "the happiest married couple in Hollywood."

Timeline & Places:

• January 2, 1900: born.

• 1926: built 1712 N Stanley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA

• 1930s: lived at 651 Paseo El Mirador, Palm Springs, CA 92262, Stati Uniti

• 1944 to 1973: lived at 601 Lorna Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA, sharing with Jimmie Shields

• 1963: decorated Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, Stati Uniti

• December 26, 1973: died. Buried at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, 1847 14th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404, Stati Uniti. Buried alongside: Jimmie Shields (May 24, 1905 - March 5, 1974)


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