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Margo and Eddie Albert

Eddie Albert

Interment Location Visited  
Los Angeles, CA April 4, 2023  

Photographed April 4, 2023.

Two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Eddie Albert died in 2005 at the age of 99 and was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park, a two-acre cemetery jam-packed with celebrities. A second such notable is actress Eva Gabor, who co-starred with Albert on the hokey CBS sitcom Green Acres from 1965 to 1971. Albert’s marker is shown in the foreground of this photo, closest to the bottom. Gabor is buried nearby, on the other side of the cemetery road, to the right of the mausoleum in the background of this image.

Albert’s first Oscar nomination was for his supporting role in the 1953 picture Roman Holiday, playing a photographer friend of Gregory Peck’s character, Joe Bradley. His second nomination was in honor of his supporting role as Cybill Shepherd’s protective father in 1972’s The Heartbreak Kid. His filmography also includes the movies Brother Rat with Ronald Reagan, The Wagons Roll at Night with Humphrey Bogart, Oklahoma! with Gloria Grahame, and The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds. Yet the greatest feat performed by this trapeze artist-turned-actor came not under the big top, nor on the radio, stage, or screen — it was in the waters around the Tarawa Atoll in the Pacific. As an officer in the U.S. Navy, he rescued 47 stranded Marines from Japanese snipers and machine gun fire in November 1943. For his actions, Albert was awarded the Bronze Star.

Photographed April 4, 2023.
Photographed April 4, 2023.

Albert shares a gravestone with his wife of four decades, Margo Bolado. Known professionally by just her first name, Margo was a dancer and actress who appeared in films such as Lost Horizon and Viva Zapata! The couple’s rectangular marker is decorated with a rose on its left side.

Fast Facts

Born: April 22, 1906 in Rock Island, Illinois

Spouse: Margo (m. 1945-1985)

Military Rank: Lieutenant — U.S. Navy

Died: May 26, 2005 in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Age: 99

Interment: Westwood Village Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California

"We shot three days a week. So, four days a week, usually, I would travel, talking on the environment at that time. And I'd come back from -- I'd been doing the college circuit -- and I'd come back and she'd [Eva Gabor] say, 'Eddie, darling, where was you now to this time?' And I said, 'Oh I was traveling' -- Ann Arbor, or Stanford, or something -- and she said, 'Every time you see or hear of a sick fish you make a speech.' And she said, 'What are you doing?' I said, 'Well, it's saving the environment, you know, our resources.'"
- Eddie Albert
1989 on Nick at Nite's TV Talk Show, reflecting upon his environmental activism and experience acting on the television series Green Acres

Sources Consulted and Further Reading

Albert, Eddie. “Eddie Albert oral history interview.” National Museum of the Pacific War. May 1, 1993. https://cdm16769.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16769coll1/id/3627.

Damiani, Jacob. “Eddie Albert in the battle of Tarawa.” Military History of the Upper Great Lakes (blog). Michigan Technological University. October 16, 2016. https://ss.sites.mtu.edu/mhugl/2016/10/16/eddie-albert-in-the-battle-of-tarawa/.

Fox, Margalit. “Eddie Albert, Character Actor, Dies at 99.” New York Times. May 28, 2005. https://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/28/arts/television/eddie-albert-character-actor-dies-at-99.html.

John Flanagan. “Green Acres Reunion 1989 Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Alvy Moore, Pat Buttram, Marc Summers.”
YouTube Video, 21:41. May 8, 2021. https://youtu.be/g42kQ3yiXG4.

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