Nellie Bly, the risk-taking reporter and humanitarian, is buried at the famous Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York. Known for her daring infiltration of Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum in 1887, it is an honor for Bly to be buried at such a famous cemetery among many other notable people.
Woodlawn cemetery was established in 1863 and classified as a National Historic Landmark in 2011. It stretches over 400 acres and is home to 300,000 graves. Other important people buried at Woodlawn Cemetery include Joseph Pulitzer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Duke Ellington, and Herman Melville. Many other famous artists, writers, business moguls, civic leaders, entertainers, jazz musicians, suffragists, and more are also buried there. Legendary American architects, landscape designers, and sculptors designed the many mausoleums within the cemetery.
After passing away from pneumonia in 1922, Bly’s gravesite was unmarked until 1978. It was found that before she passed, she donated all of her money to orphans, a cause dear to her heart since she felt like an orphan as a child because of her father’s death when she was six years old. The New York Press Club provided a headstone for Bly’s gravesite for all of her work as an investigative journalist. The club also honors Bly annually through the Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award, celebrating excellence in journalism.
Bly’s efforts working under Joseph Pulitzer, specifically her brave work exposing the practitioners at Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum, are portrayed in the upcoming film, 10 Days in a Madhouse. The film is now playing in select US theaters nationwide. It stars Caroline Barry in her big screen debut as Nellie Bly, Christopher Lambert (known forHighlander and Mortal Kombat), and Kelly LeBrock (known for Weird Science and The Woman in Red). Critics and industry insiders say that Barry is soon to be one of our next great American actors. Critical reactions to 10 Days in a Madhouse have been positive, “Stunning!” says the New York Times, “Must See” from Ms. Magazines, “Awesome, Incredible” raved Popcorn Talk Network, “Demands To Be Watched!” said Bust Magazine critic.
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