Most of the famous stars of the Silver Screen are buried right here in Los Angeles. By visiting the local memorial parks listed in this chapter, you can visit the graves of megastars such as Rudolph Valentino, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby and Clark Gable, as well as more recently departed celebrities such as Gene Autry, Jimmy Stewart, Dean Martin, John Candy, Telly Savalas, George Burns, and Michael Landon.
Most of these parks are surprisingly beautiful spots, with manicured green lawns and modern, brightly-lit mausoleums. All of these cemeteries are open to the public, although their attitudes towards tourists differ widely.
|The friendly folks
at Pierce Bros. Westwood Memorial
Park, for example, will gladly point out a particular star's grave
if you ask them, and at Hollywood Forever they will even give you a detailed map showing the locations
of the stars' graves.
On the other hand, those in charge of the Forest Lawn parks tend to discourage star-gazing, and they refuse to give out any information about the final resting places of the many celebrities buried there.
But with the detailed maps provided on these web pages, you should have no problem locating the stars you want to find.
[IMPORTANT: Bear in mind that these are cemeteries, and respect for the departed and their families demands that visitors exercise reasonable decorum while paying their respects to the stars at these memorial parks.]
Home of Peace Memorial Park Calvary Cemetery
Eden Memorial Park Rosedale Cemetery
Valley Oaks Memorial Park Grandview Memorial Park
Mountain View Cemetery Ascension Cemetery
Chapel of the Pines Evergreen Cemetery
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