Friday, September 20, 2013
Nita Pike - Take Me With You
A bit player in films since the 1930s (Palmy Days, 1931; Espionage, 1937; Suez, 1938), Pike married veteran stage and film actor Alan Edwards in 1938 near the end of his career. Pike was inconsolable when Edwards, 61, died on May 8, 1954. Four hours before Edwards' funeral service on May 11, 1954, his 41-year-old wife's body was found in her bed at their apartment at 112 1/4 North Doheny Drive in Los Angeles. Clad in a pink embroidered nightgown, her head resting on a portrait of her husband of 16 years, Pike had ingested a lethal dose of sleeping pills. A note found beside the body read (in part): "Please cremate me in this nightgown with my darling Alan, at the same time." Joint funeral services were subsequently held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.