Oliver Norvell Hardy

Oliver Norvell Hardy (HM9ZF)

Location: Harlem, GA 30814 Columbia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 25.034', W 82° 18.713'

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Harlem became the birthplace of the rotund member of one of Hollywood's greatest comedy teams when Oliver Hardy was born January 18, 1892. After his father died and was buried in the Harlem Cemetery the year of Oliver's birth, Mrs. Hardy took the family to Milledgeville where she became the manager of the Baldwin Hotel. Young Oliver was enthralled by the visiting troupes of performers who stayed there. Later, as manager of the town's first movie theater, Hardy performed regularly.

After attending Georgia Military Academy, the Atlanta Conservatory of Music, and, for a short time, the Univ. of Georgia. Hardy left Georgia in 1913 for the newly established film colony in Jacksonville, Florida. After working at various studios on the east coast, he left for Hollywood in 1918.

"Babe", as Hardy became known to his friends, worked for several years as a supporting actor until he was accidentally teamed with a young Englishman, Stan Laurel. Laurel and Hardy remained partners and friends until Hardy's death in Hollywood in 1957.
HM NumberHM9ZF
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker NumberGHM 036-9
Year Placed1989
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 12:09pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 378025 N 3698312
Decimal Degrees33.41723333, -82.31188333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 25.034', W 82° 18.713'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 25' 2.04" N, 82° 18' 42.78" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 270 N Louisville St, Harlem GA 30814, US
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