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Given the number of obituaries on this forum I'm surprised this hasn't come up, or perhaps I just couldn't find it. I'm fascinated by the different graves, headstones, etc. of various stars, and have found quite a few, but there's a LOT that are missing. The following lists are just a fraction of the notable burials or crypts.  I'd love it if you know where some others are or can post a pic.

 

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Santa Monica Blvd.

This old cemetery abuts Paramount Studios on the south side. In the past it had a history unscrupulous owners and neglect.  Their crematory was in such bad repair that a cave in occurred while cremating the body of Mama Cass Elliot, and it was shut down for many years. 

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Some notables:

Don Adams, Mel Blanc, Marion Davies, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Peter Finch, Judy Garland, Janet Gaynor, Estelle Getty,
John Huston, Peter Lorre, Hattie McDaniel (cenotaph), Tyrone Power, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Burt Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Bugsy Siegel, Ann Sheridan, Rudolph Valentino, Fay Wray, Anton Yelchin

I love the simplicity of John Huston's marker, especially compared to Fairbanks, for example. And Mel Blanc's was funny!

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Douglas Fairbanks Jr & Sr.

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Westwood Village Memorial Park, West LA

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Eve Arden, Ray Bradbury, John Cassavetes, Truman Capote, Bob Crane, Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett                                                                                            Hugh Hefner, James Wong Howe, Nunnally Johnson, Burt Lancaster, Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Sondra Locke
Dean Martin, Pamela Mason, Portland Mason, Walter Matthau, Marilyn Monroe, David Nelson, Roy Orbison, George C. Scott 
Billy Wilder, Natalie Wood, Darryl F. Zanuck, Frank Zappa

 

Holy Cross Cemetery (Catholic)  West Slauson Avenue, Culver City

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Mary Astor, Charles Boyer, John Candy, Bing Crosby, John Farrow, John Ford, Henry Hathaway, Jack Haley, Rita Hayworth, Conrad Hilton, Jr. Henry King, Fred MacMurray, Eddie Mannix, Ricardo Montalbán, Edmond O'Brien, Louella Parsons, Leo Penn, Chris Penn, Jean Peters, Rosalind Russell, Sharon Tate, Gloria Vanderbilt, Lawrence Welk, Loretta Young

 

Hillside Memorial Park (Jewish) Culver City

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Eddie Cantor's gravesite

Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Eddie Cantor, Cyd Charisse, Max Factor, Rhonda Fleming, Lorne Greene, Monty Hall, Moe Howard
David Janssen, Al Jolson, Michael Landon, Peggy Lipton, Vic Morrow, Jan Murray, Leonard Nimoy, Suzanne Pleshette
Aaron Spelling, Jack M. Warner, Shelley Winters, Sam Zimbalist

 

Forest Lawn, Glendale

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Gracie Allen, June Allyson, The Andrews Sisters, Lauren Bacall, Joan Blondell, Humphrey Bogart, Clara Bow, George Burns, Francis X. Bushman,
Lon Chaney, Nat King Cole, George Cukor, Robert Cummings, Michael Curtiz, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Walt Disney, W. C. Fields, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Samuel Goldwyn, Sydney Greenstreet, Jean Harlow, Rex Harrison, Edith Head, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Jones,
Louis L'Amour, Alan Ladd, Harold Lloyd, Carole Lombard, Ernst Lubitsch, Ida Lupino, Jeanette MacDonald, Chico Marx, Vincente Minnelli,     William Mulholland, Merle Oberon, Clifford Odets, Mary Pickford, Dick Powell, Joan Rivers, David O. Selznick, Norma Shearer, Red Skelton, James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Irving Thalberg, Spencer Tracy, Hal Wallis, William Wyler, Robert Young 

 

Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills

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Bonnie Lee Bakley, Ralph Bellamy, David Carradine, Scatman Crothers, Bette Davis, Edward Dmytryk, Dan Duryea, Carrie Fisher,                            Buster Keaton, Fritz Lang, Charles Laughton, Liberace, Dorothy Lamour, Stan Laurel, Marjorie Main, Penny Marshall, Jayne Meadows,                  Simon Monjack, Brittany Murphy , The Nelsons (Ozzie, Harriet, Ricky. David's in Westwood Village), Donald O'Connor, Orry-Kelly,                      Eleanor Parker, Bill Paxton, George Raft, Debbie Reynolds, John Ritter , Miklós Rózsa, Telly Savalas, Roger Smith, Rod Steiger,                                              Rod Taylor, Lee Van Cleef, Dick Van Patten, Paul Walker, Jack Webb, Fred Willard, Paul Winfield 

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If you don’t know about this YouTube channel, it bears looking into. The Hollywood Graveyard channel covers all the stars. Hosted by Arthur Dark, it’s entertaining, well researched, and loaded with clips and pix. 
 

 

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15 hours ago, Katie_G said:

Given the number of obituaries on this forum I'm surprised this hasn't come up, or perhaps I just couldn't find it.

Oh yes somewhere there's an old thread about visiting where "stars rest". I am a taphophile and contributor to Hollywood Graveyard videos. My latest contribution that hasn't shown yet is Helen Broderick & Broderick Crawford's gravesite near Gloversville/Fonda NY.

Pics still in my cache are Thelma Todd in Lawrence Mass:

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Thelma's the last born but first to die.

And all bundled up at Dorothy Dell's crypt in New Orleans:

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2 hours ago, TikiSoo said:

Oh yes somewhere there's an old thread about visiting where "stars rest". I am a taphophile and contributor to Hollywood Graveyard videos. My latest contribution that hasn't shown yet is Helen Broderick & Broderick Crawford's gravesite near Gloversville/Fonda NY.

Pics still in my cache are Thelma Todd in Lawrence Mass:

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Thelma's the last born but first to die.

And all bundled up at Dorothy Dell's crypt in New Orleans:

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Well, that's pretty cool!

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19 hours ago, Katie_G said:

Given the number of obituaries on this forum I'm surprised this hasn't come up, or perhaps I just couldn't find it. I'm fascinated by the different graves, headstones, etc. of various stars, and have found quite a few, but there's a LOT that are missing. The following lists are just a fraction of the notable burials or crypts.  I'd love it if you know where some others are or can post a pic.

 

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Santa Monica Blvd.

This old cemetery abuts Paramount Studios on the south side. In the past it had a history unscrupulous owners and neglect.  Their crematory was in such bad repair that a cave in occurred while cremating the body of Mama Cass Elliot, and it was shut down for many years. 

HollywoodForeverCemetery02.jpg

Some notables:

Don Adams, Mel Blanc, Marion Davies, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Peter Finch, Judy Garland, Janet Gaynor, Estelle Getty,
John Huston, Peter Lorre, Hattie McDaniel (cenotaph), Tyrone Power, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Burt Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Bugsy Siegel, Ann Sheridan, Rudolph Valentino, Fay Wray, Anton Yelchin

I love the simplicity of John Huston's marker, especially compared to Fairbanks, for example. And Mel Blanc's was funny!

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Douglas Fairbanks Jr & Sr.

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Tyrone_power_grave.jpg

 

 

Westwood Village Memorial Park, West LA

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Eve Arden, Ray Bradbury, John Cassavetes, Truman Capote, Bob Crane, Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett                                                                                            Hugh Hefner, James Wong Howe, Nunnally Johnson, Burt Lancaster, Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Sondra Locke
Dean Martin, Pamela Mason, Portland Mason, Walter Matthau, Marilyn Monroe, David Nelson, Roy Orbison, George C. Scott 
Billy Wilder, Natalie Wood, Darryl F. Zanuck, Frank Zappa

 

Holy Cross Cemetery (Catholic)  West Slauson Avenue, Culver City

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Mary Astor, Charles Boyer, John Candy, Bing Crosby, John Farrow, John Ford, Henry Hathaway, Jack Haley, Rita Hayworth, Conrad Hilton, Jr. Henry King, Fred MacMurray, Eddie Mannix, Ricardo Montalbán, Edmond O'Brien, Louella Parsons, Leo Penn, Chris Penn, Jean Peters, Rosalind Russell, Sharon Tate, Gloria Vanderbilt, Lawrence Welk, Loretta Young

 

Hillside Memorial Park (Jewish) Culver City

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Eddie Cantor's gravesite

Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Eddie Cantor, Cyd Charisse, Max Factor, Rhonda Fleming, Lorne Greene, Monty Hall, Moe Howard
David Janssen, Al Jolson, Michael Landon, Peggy Lipton, Vic Morrow, Jan Murray, Leonard Nimoy, Suzanne Pleshette
Aaron Spelling, Jack M. Warner, Shelley Winters, Sam Zimbalist

 

Forest Lawn, Glendale

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Gracie Allen, June Allyson, The Andrews Sisters, Lauren Bacall, Joan Blondell, Humphrey Bogart, Clara Bow, George Burns, Francis X. Bushman,
Lon Chaney, Nat King Cole, George Cukor, Robert Cummings, Michael Curtiz, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Walt Disney, W. C. Fields, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Samuel Goldwyn, Sydney Greenstreet, Jean Harlow, Rex Harrison, Edith Head, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Jones,
Louis L'Amour, Alan Ladd, Harold Lloyd, Carole Lombard, Ernst Lubitsch, Ida Lupino, Jeanette MacDonald, Chico Marx, Vincente Minnelli,     William Mulholland, Merle Oberon, Clifford Odets, Mary Pickford, Dick Powell, Joan Rivers, David O. Selznick, Norma Shearer, Red Skelton, James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Irving Thalberg, Spencer Tracy, Hal Wallis, William Wyler, Robert Young 

 

Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills

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Bonnie Lee Bakley, Ralph Bellamy, David Carradine, Scatman Crothers, Bette Davis, Edward Dmytryk, Dan Duryea, Carrie Fisher,                            Buster Keaton, Fritz Lang, Charles Laughton, Liberace, Dorothy Lamour, Stan Laurel, Marjorie Main, Penny Marshall, Jayne Meadows,                  Simon Monjack, Brittany Murphy , The Nelsons (Ozzie, Harriet, Ricky. David's in Westwood Village), Donald O'Connor, Orry-Kelly,                      Eleanor Parker, Bill Paxton, George Raft, Debbie Reynolds, John Ritter , Miklós Rózsa, Telly Savalas, Roger Smith, Rod Steiger,                                              Rod Taylor, Lee Van Cleef, Dick Van Patten, Paul Walker, Jack Webb, Fred Willard, Paul Winfield 

Inglewood Park Cemetery

Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, director Walter Lang, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Edgar Bergen, Gypsy Rose Lee, silent comedian Louise Fazenda, cowboy star Allan "Rocky" Lane, Sugar Ray Robinson, singer-songwriter Billy Preston, LA Mayor Tom Bradley.

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1 hour ago, hamradio said:

Mother of grave databases. Find A Grave Need to add some info to narrow down search

One of the very first webpages I visited when discovering the internet in the 90's. It surely needs an upgrade. Dread my pre-travel research, have to sift through PAGES of war heroes and such. 

Cemetery trips were the perfect pandemic activity. I love the statues, my two favorites are the loyal dog & empty chair.

While benches are traditional for quiet contemplation, Tyrone Power seems to be saying 'sit on my face'. Here's Danny Kaye's fanciful bench:

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21 hours ago, unwatchable said:

Is it just me, or does Tyrone Power's marker look like a bench where one might sit?

It is indeed a bench, where one might sit, sunbathe, or perhaps even take a nap.  I like to think of Tyrone enjoying himself with this.

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5 hours ago, unwatchable said:

Call me old fashioned, but that just seems wrong.

If I find someone sitting on one of my close relative's grave, will wind up like Billy the Kid's.

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(With this final touch attached to the fence.)

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:P

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Wild Bill Hickock was a star..

Arapaho Joe and Charlie Utter at Hickok's grave, undated
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Wild Bill Hickok, Texas Jack Omohundro, and Buffalo Bill Cody in 1873
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The trees live once again in Deadwood.

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On 1/5/2022 at 8:31 PM, hamradio said:

If I find someone sitting on one of my close relative's grave, will wind up like Billy the Kid's.

It's called RESPECT...some graves are wholly disrespected by visitors, most notably Jim Morrison's chipped away stone in Paris and Marilyn Monroe's lipstick covered marker in Westwood. WHY?

Take a look at poor Oscar Wild's stone:

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Lipstick is oily and very difficult to wash off porous surfaces. As the color fades in the sun it ends up looking like brown bird droppings. Constant chemical scrubbing wears away the stone!

PLEASE people, leave flowers, a stone or memento.

Johnny Cash & June Carter are in a relatively new cemetery on a highway outside of Nashville. There were so many visitors, a path from the parking lot to the memorial was worn away from grass to muddy dirt. The Cash family has since funded a complete narrow walkway to accommodate the throngs of visitors seen every year.

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I particularly liked Katherine Hepburn's family plot in Hartford CT

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Because her parents were so much a part of who she became and the boulder stands for all of them. It gave us a quiet spot to contemplate her life & her work, knowing her worldly remains were nearby.

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3 hours ago, TikiSoo said:

It's called RESPECT...some graves are wholly disrespected by visitors, most notably Jim Morrison's chipped away stone in Paris and Marilyn Monroe's lipstick covered marker in Westwood. WHY?

Take a look at poor Oscar Wild's stone:

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Lipstick is oily and very difficult to wash off porous surfaces. As the color fades in the sun it ends up looking like brown bird droppings. Constant chemical scrubbing wears away the stone!

PLEASE people, leave flowers, a stone or memento.

 

 

 

 

Goodness he sure was loved, hate to see Rudolph Valintino's

Find it odd his statue haven't received a single peck.

 

OK girls. I'm waiting!

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2 hours ago, hamradio said:

 

 

Goodness he sure was loved, hate to see Rudolph Valintino's

Find it odd his statue haven't received a single peck.

 

OK girls. I'm waiting!

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I don't think he was waiting for the girls...

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What's always fascinated me about celebrity graves is the huge differences. Al Jolson's is so incredibly elaborate and huge. Same with someone like Jackie Gleason. 

Then, you have Frank Sinatra buried like a regular Joe. You think "Sinatra was SINATRA! The Chairman, Ol' Blue Eyes, the Leader!" (Rat Pack reference) But he's simple, plain and buried in the population of regular citizens with a simple stone.  Maybe that's the way he wanted to be buried. It's just what your mind thinks how he could've been.

I mean I know a LOT of celebrities are buried in a cemetery's population. But it's funny to see something like the example of Gleason against Sinatra. There might be people that have never seen Sinatra's and assume he's got some big, elaborate mausoleum or gigantic sculpted stone. Country singer, George Jones, leaps to mind!

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Here's a weird one in North Hollywood but I only recognized three names - Oliver Hardy, Bud Westmore, & Martha Vickers
Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery

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Back to Hollywood Forever Cemetery:   Halyna Hutchins (1979–2021), cinematographer, is a new grave.
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William Desmond Taylor is in a crypt there under his real name, William C. Deane-Tanner.  I've always been fascinated by his unsolved murder.
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Someone mentioned Valentino.  I think they closed off certain areas to prevent the kissers from staining the marble.

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18 hours ago, unwatchable said:

I think, at his heart, Sinatra was a regular Joe, just like Dean Martin.

I'll tell the story again for those who aren't aware of it-

When I was in Ferncliff many years ago to visit Judy Garland, I spoke with one of the cemetery volunteers for directions to her niche. I was told the story that poor Judy's body was left unclaimed in the morgue for an extended period of time (a year or two?) waiting for a final spot for internment. Somehow Frank had heard of this atrocity and was appalled by it. Frank was the one who stepped in & purchased a modest niche for her remains. 

The niche was closest to the floor-kind of sad- but great in that photos & memorials could be left right there by her crypt. There were lots of mementoes & photos gathered there, really cheering up the spot. No disrespect/vandalism.

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Judy Garland's survivors recently realized visiting final resting places of the stars has become a "thing" and decided to exhume her remains and build a big family crypt named The Judy Garland Pavillion. I suspect the reason is because they will be interred next to her (4 spots there) & thereby receive attention as well.

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Oh well, Ferncliff is still loaded with interesting people-so many I've visited already like Harold Arlen, Ed Sullivan, Cab Calloway,  Annette Hanshaw, Joan Crawford, Jerome Kern, Moms Mabley, Basil Rathbone, Preston Sturges, Conrad Veidt, Marion Lorne, etc.

Next visit have to find Paul Robeson, Hugh Marlowe, Moss Hart/Kitty Carlyle, Betty Furness, Thelonious Monk and newer residents Robert Evans, Ossie Davis & Sherman Billingsley. There's only so many hours in a day.

One of the saddest NYC cemeteries I've visited was 4th Calvary Cemetery-surrounded by highways with few trees & foliage. I went to see fave gal Patsy Kelly -

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But it was so dismal, I left before finding Dom Deluise & Nancy Carroll. Next trip.

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In contrast to the Judy Garland "vanity" move, is the most beautiful reinterment of Lucille Ball in Jamestown NY. Wholly fitting, sentimental & beautiful. A sweet stone walkway brings you to her big heart in the shade-

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Haha like an arrow is needed.

Personally, I prefer visiting graves of those interred at their birthplace/childhood home. James Dean, Hal Roach, Paul Lynde & Benjamin Orr (of The Cars) were the most poignant of my visits. You see where they came from...usually the sticks, making their fame all the more amazing.

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On 1/5/2022 at 8:17 AM, TikiSoo said:

Oh yes somewhere there's an old thread about visiting where "stars rest". I am a taphophile and contributor to Hollywood Graveyard videos. My latest contribution that hasn't shown yet is Helen Broderick & Broderick Crawford's gravesite near Gloversville/Fonda NY.

Pics still in my cache are Thelma Todd in Lawrence Mass:

Todd.JPG.7c037d895ebdf9be97c0f87fe2780011.JPGToddback2.jpg.46716b08f5f0938a89925bab14df48bc.jpg

Thelma's the last born but first to die.

And all bundled up at Dorothy Dell's crypt in New Orleans:

DDellSoo.jpg.317e1d09ab81d35106c2a4733d55bbe8.jpg

Thanks for posting these pixs, Tiki. Beautiful, talented Thelma Todd, a lady who brought so much laughter to the world (and still does for those who still see her old comedy shorts, many available on DVD) only to be cruelly taken away from us all too soon. I wish her tombstone was in better condition.

And you're a true movie buff, Tiki, paying tribute to Dorothy Dell, whose time with us was even shorter than Thelma's, and, like Thelma, met her end in a car. I vaguely recall seeing Wharf Angel, her first film, and being impressed by her.

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