The 6 Most Famous People Buried in Connecticut
Have you ever wondered which famous people are buried in Connecticut? Well, me neither.
My extensive graveyard location research led me to the website Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness where I discovered some of the most famous people who were buried in Connecticut. Here's some information I've found about each of them at biography.com
One of the more famous SNL alumni, Gilda passed away in 1989 of ovarian cancer. Her final resting place is in Long Ridge Union Cemetery in Stamford.
We lost Katharine Hepburn on June 29, 2003 due to natural causes. One of Hollywood's leading ladies for 60 years, Hepburn stared in some of the best classic movies ever made like 1951's African Queen, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and On Golden Pond. Hepburn is interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.
One of the best blues-rock musicians in recent history, Johnny Winter passed away at the age of 70 in July of 2014. Winters often played with his buddy, Muddy Waters and ended up producing some of Muddy's albums. Winters died in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland while touring in Europe. His last album titled, Step Back was released soon after his death in September of 2014. Johnny's final resting place is the Union Cemetery in Easton.
Who could ever forget Norton who played alongside Jackie Gleason in the TV series The Honeymooners from 1951-56? There's a little known fact about Carney that he was an expert imitator of the voice of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Carney died at his home in Chester, Connecticut in November of 2003 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Old Saybrook.
PT Barnum, one of the most creative men of his time was the founder of the Greatest Show on Earth, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. Barnum was born in Bethel in 1810 and was a showman and a museum proprietor. His brand of entertainment leaned more towards the unusual. You could say PT thought outside the box. Barnum passed away in April of 1891 and is buried in Mountain Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum in Bridgeport. After 100 years, The Greatest Show on Earth is calling it quits. The Farewell Tour is currently underway and the very last show is on May 21 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
Glenn Miller, trombonist and famed bandleader was born in a small southwest Iowa town. Miller played trombone during high school and during his adult lie played with many big bands until he formed his own, the world renowned The Glenn Miller Orchestra, best known for the big-band tune, "In the Mood." Miller died in Europe in 1944 when the small plane he was piloting disappeared and was never seen or heard from again. He was only 40-years-old. A monument honoring Glenn Miller stands in the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven.