Fred Travalena memorial planned

By | July 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm | 2 comments | News | Tags:

Fred TravalenaA public memorial for late Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Fred Travalena was announced by the comedian impressionist’s family, to take place on Sat., July 18 at 1 pm. The event will be held at The Church of the Way, and confirmed attendees include Shirley MacLaine, Rip Taylor, and comedian Tom Dressen, who will serve as event MC.

Travalena, who passed away from cancer at the age of 66, maintained a long-running career as a regular performer at the Dean Martin Roasts and on the ABC Comedy Hour. He also made a name for himself by appearing on a number of game shows.

In addition to the memorial, a scholarship has been set up in Travalena’s name, intended to assist families of armed service members.

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  • Matt Roberts

    Fred Travalena passing deserved more media attention then what he received.
    Fred was a very talented and funny man,who will be greatly missed.
    If not for I would have never known he passed away.
    For a man who made so many people laugh and smile he deserves a lot more respect.
    Rest in peace now, for your journey is complete and you fulfilled your life’s’ work with dignity and humor and we thank you for the laughs.

  • http://SeasonsBeverlyHills Martha Moody Rourke

    To Lois & Fred’s family – he was a favorite. We have his video interview with my partner Sam Botta on You Tube, taken in February at Oscas “Night of 100 Stars”
    here’s the linK:

    May we attend his memorial? he and Lois are special favorites.

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