Where do the stars go for their final rest? They are spread out all over Los Angeles, but many have plots at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Morbid subject? Not really. Many people, including me, are fascinated with both the lives and deaths of Hollywood royalty. The cemetery is actually located on part of the Paramount Studios land, which is fitting, since it is still right in the middle of the “action.”
There are many interesting personalities who are buried here. Some of them include: –Rudolph Valentino(1895-1926), Hollywood’s original hunk, who was often visited by a mysterious “lady in black” after his death for many years
— Elmer Berger (1891-1952), who was the inventor of the rear view mirror
–Lana Clarkson (1962-2003), who was allegedly murdered by Phil Spector
–Douglas Glenn Colvin, aka Dee Dee Ramone (1951-2002), bassist for The Ramones
–Marion Davies (1897-1961), famous actress who had a long term relationship with William Randolph Hearst
–Estelle Getty (1923-2008), of Golden Girls fame
–Tyrone Power (1914-1958), actor from one of my favorite movies, “The Witness for the Prosecution”
–Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (1906-1947), gangster
–Mel Blanc (1908-1989), voice over actor, most famous for the line, “That’s all folks!”
–Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959), famous Hollywood director/producer
–Griffith J. Griffith (1850-1919), park and observatory donor
–Charles Chaplin, Jr. (1925-1968), son to Charlie Chaplin
There are many others, some stars were cremated there, then ashes spread somewhere else, such as George Harrison of the Beatles. Others were given a memorial there, but are not buried there, such as Jayne Mansfield, and Hattie McDaniel.
The cemetery has old movie showings in the summer, where you can bring your lawn chairs and alcohol of choice to spend a “night with the stars.”
If you are interested in visiting the cemetery, the address is 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood. It is definitely a historical piece of Old Hollywood that you won’t want to miss. Here are some pics of the cemetery and those who are laid to rest there. Enjoy!