BURIED TOGETHER

Partner Howard W. "Tucker" Fleming, Jr

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Yale University, 38 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06520
Westwood Memorial Park Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Longwood Cemetery Kennett Square, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA

Charles Henry Williamson (May 24, 1926 - January 4, 2005) and Tucker Fleming resided in Los Angeles for most of the second half of the 20th century. While in Southern California they earned the friendship of Hollywood director George Cukor and his many acquaintances including Judy Garland, Vivien Leigh, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, and others.

Charles Henry Williamson was born in West Chester, PA, and grew up in Toughkenamon, Chester, PA. He attended Ursinus College, the Univ. of North Carolina and Yale Drama School. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After his discharge he travelled and lived in Europe before settling down in New York City where he worked on a number of early television programs and did some theatre work. He was a well known collector and dealer of autographs. Together with his longtime partner, Tucker Fleming, had a social circles involving the likes of artists and writers that included Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, Noel Coward, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Somerset Maugham, Christopher Isherwood and others.

In 1958 Williamson and Fleming moved to West Hollywood, next door to Hollywood legend, George Cukor. They became instrumental in helping Cukor organize his library and papers. Upon Cukor's passing, the director left the bulk of his extensive archive to them. Williamson and Fleming also handled the papers of MGM executive Eddie Mannix, actress Ina Claire, and writer James Herlihy. By the 1980s and 1990s, the pair had decided to compile a comprehensive collection that would represent every actor, writer, director and producer of note in cinema, in addition to the fields of theater, music, literature, and art. By the time of Fleming's passing in 2010, they had almost done just that.

Williamson died on January 4, 2005, and was survived by his partner, Tucker Fleming.


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