Per the New York Times, Yma Sumac will be appearing at Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Day of the Dead event on October 29. The cemetery (formerly named Hollywood Memorial Park, and the permanent home to such luminaries as Cecil B. DeMille, Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, Jayne Mansfield, Johnny Ramone, Douglas Fairbanks and many, many more) holds regular events, often movie screenings — this day the grounds will be closed to burials, and a colorful celebration will take place. While the New York Times says that Yma Sumac will be “performing,” it’s more likely that she’ll be appearing and signing autographs. It would be wonderful if she feels up to performing, but she’s in her 90s and I’m sure it wouldn’t come easily.
Meeting Ms. Sumac at the Hukilau in Ft. Lauderdale the week before last was very, very special — she seemed to really enjoy being there and meeting so many fans. She still dresses the part, and was all glamour. She was very approachable, and took the time to recite to me what she had written on her photo for me, while looking me right in the eyes and smiling brightly. She made me feel so good, and I’ll adore her forever for it.