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March 1, 1931 - May 28, 2016 James Myron, owner of famed Myron's Ballroom once located on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, passed away on Friday, May 27th over the Memorial Day Holiday. Mr. Myron had been in critical condition and receiving treatment at Cedars Sinai for heart problems and passed away from related causes. James Myron was born in Chicago on March 1, 1931, and came to Los Angeles with his parents just prior to the beginning of World War II. His mother, Myrna Myron, was a showgirl and friend of Ginger Rogers and Mae West. James himself became a ballroom champion and taught ballroom dance. James had his own dance show called Make Believe Ballroom on Channel 7 television, and he knew, danced with and dated many of Hollywood's most beautiful women, including Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and Juliet Prowse. He also befriended many of Hollywood's greatest stars of the era, including Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Clark Gable and Howard Hughes. During his career, James Myron was instrumental in operating several wildly popular clubs such as Vertigo and Chippendales. James was a USC graduate, and also served in the United States Marine Corps, serving with NATO forces in Europe, and later in Washington D.C. as part of the honor guard in the White House. James was a great athlete, a tennis champion, and a member of the USC golf team. James continued golfing throughout life and won many golf tournaments, including the Donald Trump Golf Invitational in Los Angeles on two occasions. James will be remembered for the sincere friendship he extended to so many, for the Myron Foundation for Excellence which he founded, for the regular evening parties he threw at his home for his many friends, and for his patriotism and belief that hard work and dedication can create success for anyone. A memorial service for James Myron will be held at the Little Church of the Flowers, Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, June 15th.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 12, 2016
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