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The Palmy Days

Jeffrey Spivak

in Buzz

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126432
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.003.0019
The Palmy Days

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The latter years of Buzz Berkeley's life was marked with tributes and attempts to film his biography. Buzz's palmy days were spent in idle pursuits. There was the occasional round of golf, but he was no scratch player. The sweltering summers kept him housebound, and the phone rang infrequently. Buzz was confined to his home, and Etta spent her days doting on her husband. The interviews stopped, his phone went silent, and the motion picture of his life story went no further than the announcement stage. It might have been Gertrude who persuaded her son to keep and treasure his career collectibles. Buzz maintained scrapbooks with hundreds of articles, newspaper clippings, and photographs. On March 14, 1976, Busby Berkeley died due to a combination of acute fatal dysrhythmia and generalized arteriosclerosis, at the age of eighty.

Keywords: Palm Desert; Buzz Berkeley; Etta Berkeley; arteriosclerosis; Jim Terry

Chapter.  1491 words. 

Subjects: Film

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