The Rest of the Best: The 10 Most Awesome People Buried in Houston
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Buried: Hollywood Cemetery
Mollie Bailey had a life right out of a popular novel. At the age of 14 she fell in love with a trumpet player who worked in a traveling circus, and when her father refused his permission for the couple to marry she stole some horses, a cart, and a sibling or two to run off and start a circus of her own with her beloved. She father disinherited her. When Gus Bailey joined the Confederate army, Mollie tagged along as nurse and occasional spy infiltrating Union camps posing as an old woman selling cookies.
After the war she and her husband ran one of the most popular circuses in the South, and gave free admission to any war veteran regardless of what side they fought on. Texas governor James Stephen Hogg personally presented her with a wild boar tooth mounted in gold and inscribed with her name. Though her exact burial place isn't known, a marker was erected in her honor in Hollywood Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission.
6. Howard Hughes (1905 - 1976)
Howard Hughes standing in front of his new Boeing Army Pursuit Plane (Boeing 100A) in Inglewood, California in the 1940s.
Buried: Glenwood Cemetery
Probably the most famous person buried in Houston is the one and only Howard Hughes, our renaissance man who was inventor, aviator, film maker, tycoon, and genius. He won the very first Academy Award for Best Director, and even invented a special bra for actresses to wear with revealing costumes to get around censors. He was himself a prolific pilot, and broke world records in an endless loop of newly designed aircraft that came right from his own pen. Despite popular legend, his innovative wooden cargo ship Hercules (Nicknamed "Spruce Goose") did actually fly and was a technological achievement dampened only by the fact that by the time it was completed it was no longer needed for the war effort.
5. Gene Tierney (1920 - 1991)
Gene Tierney in Laura
Buried: Glenwood Cemetery
Not far from Hughes' grave lies his livelong friend, actress Gene Tierney. Tierney is best remembered for the lead role in the noir classic film Laura, which remains one of the finest mystery films ever produced and served as the inspiration for much of David Lynch's Twin Peaks. Leave Her to Heaven and Heaven Can Wait are also among her resume, as well as a host of Broadway and other roles. Mental illness preyed on her as her career grew, and after a stay in a psychiatric hospital she became an outspoken critic of shock therapy. She eventually staged a comeback as a character actress until she retired in 1980.
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