Born: January 18, 1911, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 3, 1987, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 1.8 m
TV shows: The Danny Kaye Show, Live from Lincoln Center
Studied: Thomas Jefferson High School
Buried: Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA
Bertram Ross and John Wallowitch are buried together at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York, Actors Fund Lot.
Address: 273 Lakeview Ave, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA (41.08328, -73.78491)
Type: Cemetery (open to publich)
Hours: Monday through Friday 9.00-17.00, Saturday and Sunday 9.00-16.00
Phone: +1 914-949-0347
Kensico Cemetery, located in Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, was founded in 1889, when many New York City cemeteries were becoming full, and rural cemeteries were being created near the railroads that served the city. Initially 250 acres (1.0 km2), it was expanded to 600 acres (2.4 km²) in 1905, but reduced to 461 acres (1.9 km²) in 1912, when a portion was sold to the neighboring Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Several baseball players are buried in this cemetery. Also many entertainment figures of the early XX century, including the Russian-born Sergei Rachmaninoff, were buried here. The cemetery has a special section for members of the Actors’ Fund of America and the National Vaudeville Association, some of whom died in abject poverty. Sharon Gardens is a 76-acre (31 ha) section of Kensico Cemetery, which was created in 1953 for Jewish burials.
Notable queer burials at Kensico Cemetery:
• Robert De Niro, Sr. (1922-1993), artist, father of actor Robert De Niro. De Niro Sr. lived openly as a gay man in his last years.
• Danny Kaye (1913–1987), comedic actor. Rumored to have been Laurence Olivier’s lover.
• Bertram Ross (November 14, 1920 – April 20, 2003), dancer best known for his work with the Martha Graham Dance Company, with which he performed for two decades. After leaving Graham’s company, Ross taught, choreographed and formed his own dance company. In later life, he toured in a cabaret duo with his real life partner, the composer and pianist John Wallowitch.
• John Wallowitch (February 11, 1926 – August 15, 2007), songwriter and cabaret performer. He wrote over 2,000 songs. For over 50 years he played and sang a catalogue of original songs at nightspots around New York City. His brother was photographer Edward Wallowitch, an associate of Andy Warhol.
Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
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