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The Final Resting Place of Ben Lyon.
6th.February 1901 - 22nd.March 1979.
Located in the Chapel Columbarium 2nd floor north wall.
Cause of Death - Heart Attack.
Ben Lyon was an United States film actor, and a 20th Century Fox studio executive.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Lyon entered films in 1918 after a successful appearance on Broadway opposite Jeanne Eagels. He attracted attention in the highly successful film Flaming Youth (1923), and steadily developed into a leading man. He was most successfully paired with some of the leading actresses of the silent era including Pola Negri, Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, Barbara La Marr, Viola Dana, Anna Q. Nilsson, Mary Astor and Blanche Sweet.
His greatest success as an actor came in 1930 with the film Hell's Angels. The film was a major success and brought Jean Harlow to prominence, but Lyon's performance as an heroic World War I aviator was also highly regarded. For the next decade he was constantly in demand, but his popularity began to wane by the early 1940s.
By the mid 1940s he was working for 20th Century Fox. In 1946 he met a young aspiring actress named Norma Jeane Dougherty. After his first meeting with her he stated that she was "Jean Harlow all over again". He organized a color screen test for the actress, renamed her, and finally signed her as Marilyn Monroe to her first studio contract.
In 1930 he married the actress Bebe Daniels. Together they were a notable couple in show business society, and sometimes acted together, including a long running BBC radio show Hi Gang, and a short lived television series from 1954 until 1955 titled Life With The Lyons which also featured their real life son and daughter. When Daniels' health declined during the 1960s following a series of strokes, Lyon cared for her until her death in 1971. He then married the actress Marian Nixon. Lyon and Nixon were vacationing together on a cruise ship near Honolulu, Hawaii, when Lyon suffered a heart attack and died. Nixon died in 1983. Lyon was one of the many notable figures of Hollywood's silent film era interviewed for the documentary series Hollywood which was broadcast in 1980.
Ben Lyon has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to Motion Pictures.
He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.