Feeding my obsession with dead celebrities, I visited the equivalent of a Dead Celebrity Theme Park. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I found my way to two of the many final resting places of the famous and near famous. Here are some of the graves I saw at Westwood Memorial Park.
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield and…
Science fiction author Ray Bradbury (wait…. Ray is STILL ALIVE!)
*Note: Ray Bradbury passed away on June 6, 2012.
Carl Wilson (formerly of the Beach Boys, now of dead)…
and Rat Pack crooner Dean Martin (direct from the bar)
film icon Marilyn Monroe and…
actress (and poor swimmer) Natalie Wood (note the coins left on the grave markers)
Singer/songwriter/musician Mel Torme and…
Bob Crane of “Hogan’s Heroes” (Bob’s wife, Sigrid Valdis, who played “Helga” on the show, although listed on the stone, hasn’t joined him for eternity yet)
Note: Sigrid Valdis passed away on October 14, 2007. I swear I had nothing to do with it.
noted drummer Buddy Rich (Mel Torme, also buried in this cemetery, wrote a book about Buddy Rich)
… and bandleader Les Brown
Academy Award winning actor Jack Lemmon
…and Truman Capote, author of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood”
and Don Knotts , TV’s Barney Fife and Mr. Furley.
A short drive brought me to the Hollywood Forever cemetery.
This cemetery sits just behind the famous Paramount Studios and its renowned entrance gate.
Hollywood Forever is the permanent home of the object of King Kong’s affection Fay Wray …
Punk pioneer guitarist Johnny Ramone and…
Hattie McDaniel , the first African-American to win an Oscar. (Forever neighbors in eternity, Hattie’s grave is located just behind Johnny Ramone’s.)
Also nearby are the graves of cartoon voice master Mel Blanc, …
Dashing Hollywood heartthrob Tyrone Power
Very creepy giant statues of saints welcome you to a very creepy mausoleum that is the eternal home to….
the original movie idol Rudolph Valentino and…
CLICK HERE for part 2, one year later
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Don’t miss these other great cemetery visits:
- Things to do in LA when you’re dead – my first California cemetery trip
- Things to do in LA when you’re dead; part 2 – another California cemetery – one year later
- Things to do in New York when you’re dead – two cemeteries in upstate New York
- Thousands dead in The Bronx – a trip to one of New York City’s largest memorial parks
- Buried in my own backyard – two of the Philadelphia area’s oldest cemeteries
- A grave situation in Los Angeles – more celebrity graves in the Hollywood Hills
- How do you follow a Pez convention? – another large New York cemetery
- What’s buried in Vegas, stays in Vegas – more than just gambling in Sin City
- Yea, tho’ I walk through the San Fernando Valley of the Shadow of Death – a visit to one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Los Angeles
- Other Magic Kingdoms – visits to three of Orange County, California’s burial grounds
- Day (off) of the Dead – killing some time on a free day from work
- Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues – a trip to Memphis, Tennessee
- ’twas the week before Christmas – three cemeteries in Pennsylvania’s Delaware County
- Now, gather ’round while I elucidate – an historic cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, NY
- Don’t know much about history – a little lesson from the City of Brotherly Love
- City of the Dead – a trip to two of New Orleans’ most famous cemeteries plus a few other death-related sites
- Fun (and death) under the Sun – a trip to a central Florida cemetery
- Death in a College Town – a visit to historical Princeton Cemetery