BURIED TOGETHER

Partner Charles H. Williamson

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Westwood Memorial Park Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA

Howard Webster "Tucker" Fleming, Jr, (October 18, 1924 - March 16, 2010) and Charles H. Williamson 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.

Howard Webster "Tucker" Fleming, Jr was born San Francisco, CA, the son of Dr. Howard W. Fleming, Sr. Fleming graduated from University of California, Berkeley. Before WWII he taught at the Thacher School, Ojai, CA. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army, becoming a surgical technician after studying at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Fleming went on to study at the Sorbonne in the early 1950s, before meeting Williamson, a Yale drama student, in Cannes. Together, their social circles involved the likes of artists and writers that included Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, Noel Coward, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Somerset Maugham, Christopher Isherwood and others.

It was in the 1960s that 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.

Fleming passed away on March 16, 2010. He was predeceased by his lifelong partner Charles H. Williamson in 2005.


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