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Continue east on Maple Avenue inside the
park , and you will reach the park's second mausoleum, "The Hollywood
Cathedral Mausoleum," located just south of the lake.
inside the front door of the mausoleum, large, white statues of the
Twelve Apostles (plus St. Paul) stand watch on both sides of the main entrance way. (These statues were seen in an episode
of the TV show "Charmed" - the funeral service for Pru was filmed in the
When you enter the mausoleum, walk to the back and turn left (east) into the last of the three side-hallways. Walk to the end of this side-hallway, and turn right (south) into a short corridor. Walk to the end of this corridor, and you will find Valentino's crypt on the left (east) side.
The smoldering star of such silent films as "The
Sheik" and "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,"
Valentino was once the greatest star in Hollywood, and the movies' first
male sex symbol. Women throughout the country worshipped him, and when
he died suddenly in 1926, at the age of 31, tens of thousands waited in
line to glimpse his coffin. His popularity insured the success of neighboring
So it is astonishing to realize that Rudolph Valentino is hidden away in a small crypt, virtually indistinguishable from the many others that line these white walls.
There were originally plans to build Valentino a giant memorial, but they never materialized, and he remains in the small "temporary " crypt. But he was never forgotten. The mysterious "Woman in Black" brought flowers to this modest crypt each year on August 23, the anniversary of her movie idol's death. (She may be buried here too, out by the lake, although there is disagreement about whether the woman buried there was the genuine "Woman in Black".)
(Here is a clip of Valentino in his most famous role, as the Sheik.)
He won a posthumous Oscar as Best Actor for his performance
as the crazed TV news anchor in the 1976 movie "Network,"
"Mad as hell and not going to take it any more!"
(Here's a clip of that famous scene.)
As you exit Valentino's corridor, turn left and look and look at the glass case on the wall of glass niches on the south side of the corridor. There, you'll find the remains of actor David White (1916-1990).
If you watched "Bewitched" on TV, you'll
remember Darrin's boss 'Larry Tate' (AKA 'Mr. Tate'), the
advertising executive who sucked up to clients and was always pressing
Darren to come up with a new advertising slogan. That was David White.
of "Bewitched", he tended to be stereotyped as a gruff businessman
or shady politician, such as his role in the 1960 classic "The Apartment".
In the 1977 TV version of "Spider-Man", he played Peter Parker's
boss, J. Jonah Jameson.
White was cremated, and the glass case contains not
only his remains, but photos of him, a list of his screen credits, and
a bronze bust or life-mask.
[Laura Elliott, the actress who played
'Louise Tate' on "Bewitched", died in 2006 and is buried at Forest
Actor Rick Jason (1923-2000) starred in the popular war series from 1962 to 1967, alongside Vic Morrow (who is buried at Hillside cemetery), and was a familiar face on numerous TV shows during the '70s and '80s.
Alas, both stars died tragically. Vic Morrow was beheaded by the blade of a crashing helicopter during the filming of "Twilight Zone: the Movie", and Rick Jason committed suicide (he shot himself) at age 77.
Inside the small glass case, you'll see a photo of
Rick with his hunting rifle, a pair of baby shoes, the white urn containing
his ashes, and mementos of his interest in fine wines.
from Mr. White's glass case in the east-west hallway, walk back west. Just
after you pass the main entrance (north-south) hallway, look on the wall
to your right (south.)
A noted director and actor of his day, someone shot
Mr. Taylor in his home, and the subsequent police investigation focused
on some of Hollywood's biggest stars of the time, including silent screen
actresses Mabel Normand and Mary Miles Minter. They never did find the
killer. His funeral was attended by every notable in Hollywood.
While still on the west side of this mausoleum, continue westward down this same hallway, until you pass two hallways on the left, and a group of small niches/crypts on the left hand (south) side, just past the second hallway.
Look on the bottom row. Here, you'll find the earthly
remains of Peter Lorre (1904-1964)
(niche 5. T.1 Corr C), who played the sinister
little man in such movies as "Casablanca," "M"
and "The Maltese Falcon."
As for Peter Lorre himself, after death he was cremated.
(Here is a clip of Lorre in "The Maltese Falcon".)
Nearby is a man whose name you may not recognize: Harvey Wilcox (1832-1891). But you'll recognize the city he founded. It was a sleepy little farm town in Mr. Wilcox's day, and what is now Hollywood Blvd was part of a fig orchard he purchased in 1886. A real estate speculator, he bought up land around the orchard and subdivided it into streets lined with pepper trees. On Feb. 1, 1887, Wilcox filed a map of his future town. He called it "Hollywood".
Legend has it that he got the name "Hollywood" from his young wife, who got it while talking to a woman she met on a train ride back east. That woman's summer home near Chicago was named Hollywood. Mrs. Wilcox (buried here next to her husband) liked the name, and suggested it to Mr. Wilcox. After his death, Daeida Wilcox continued to build Hollywood, donating land for the city hall and several churches.
If you drive around the city today, you will notice that a main street is named Wilcox in their honor. (It's three blocks west of Vine Street).
From Peter Lorre's niche, just walk back east to
the second southern hallway (on your right), the first one to the west
of the main entrance hallway. Their crypts are located on the east wall,
near the rear of this corridor. (see
Also interred in this mausoleum is Eleanor Powell (1912-1982), the dancer who starred in a series of M-G-M musicals in the late 1930's and 1940's, and who left her footprints outside of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. She was billed as "the world's greatest tap dancer". One example of her work is "Broadway Melody of 1936," in which she co-starred with Fred Astaire.
She was married to actor Glenn Ford.
You can find her ashes in a bronze book-shaped container, behind glass on the southeast side of the central hallway - niche 432 T.3 Foyer E/W. (see map)
Step back outside this
Hollywood Cathedral mausoleum, then turn to your left (west) and look
on the north-facing wall of the mausoleum to find the grave of one of
the biggest stars of Hollywood's Golden Age.
One of the last surviving superstars of that classic era, Mickey started out as a child actor, gained
fame with the popular "Andy Hardy" series of family films, and went on
to star in a number of ("Let's put on a show!") musical comedies with
co-star Judy Garland, including "Babes in Arms" and "Strike Up the Band".
He made a total of 15 of those "Andy Hardy"
films, playing a wholesome (but somewhat impish) all-American
teenager. (The "Archie" comic books were an attempt to capitalize
on the "Andy Hardy" craze, with a very similar character.)
By the late 1930's and early '40s, Mickey
was the nation's biggest box-office draw - a perpetually youthful
character who was beloved by the movie-going public. He was
nominated for four Academy awards, and given an honorary Oscar in 1939.
He starred alongside Spencer Tracy in the dramatic "Boys Town", and in 1944, he co-starred with 12-year-old Elizabeth Taylor in her first major hit, "National Velvet".
His career slumped a bit as he hit adulthood, but he bounced back later in his career with an Oscar-nominated performance in 1979's "The Black Stallion", and an Emmy-winning role in the 1981 TV-movie "Bill". He lived to the ripe age of 93.
You will find his Mick's crypt is located on the outside wall of the mausoleum, not inside.
It's on the front (north-facing) wall of the mausoleum, near the
northwest corner of the building, two spaces up from the bottom.
He was buried the day before Easter, and I visited the day after Easter and shot these photos; you can see the exact location of his grave. (The grave had not yet been inscribed.)
Scroll down that page to see more recent close-up photos of the newly-marked crypt, shot a few months later by Ron, which show the inscription:
"One of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known.
Hollywood will always be his home."
(Reports are that Mickey's fellow superstar, Judy Garland, is being relocated to this same Hollywood Forever cemetery, as of 2017, although not necessarily to this same mausoleum. I will let you know her eventual location as soon as I find out.)
Still outside, just to the west of the mausoleum is the grand marble tomb of actor Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939), an elaborate marble memorial which includes a sunken garden, and a reflecting pool filled with water lilies - it's second in grandeur only to the Al Jolson monument at Hillside Cemetery. It's a fitting tribute to one of Hollywood's earliest superstars.
(Fairbanks' ex-wife, Mary Pickford, is buried at Forest Lawn Glendale, with an equally grand monument.)
Famed for his athletic stunts, Fairbanks was Hollywood's first action hero, starring in such early swashbuckling epics as "Robin Hood" (1923), "Thief of Bagdad" (1924), "Mark of Zorro" (1920), and "The Iron Mask" (1929). Pickford and Fairbanks lived like royalty at their home, "Pickfair," the center of early Hollywood social life. (The first honorary mayor of Beverly Hills, actor Will Rogers, used to joke that his main duty as mayor was to point out the location of Pickfair to tourists.)
Doug Jr. was a hero off the screen as well, when he enlisted in the Navy
during WW2. Spearheading a group known as the "Beach Jumpers,"
Fairbanks became the first American officer to command a British flotilla
of raiding craft during a commando operation in World War II. For his part
in the amphibious assault on Southern France, Lieutenant Commander Fairbanks
was awarded the U.S. Navy Legion of Merit with bronze V (for valor), The
Italian War Cross for Military Valor, the French Legion d'Honneur and the
Croix de Guerre with Palm, and the British Distinguished Service Cross.
He was also awarded the American Silver Star and the Distinguished Service
(Here is a clip of him (and Ronald Colman) from "The Prisoner of Zenda".)
This is Toto, Dorothy's beloved dog from the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz".
Toto isn't actually buried here. Her
original grave was destroyed by freeway construction. So, in 2011,
Hollywood Forever honored her with this little monument. The words
on the pedestal read "There's No Place Like Home."
(You can see Toto in action in this clip from "The Wizard of Oz".)
Woody's band was known as the "Thundering Herd". Woody played clarinet and sang as well.
And now it's on to the lake, and some of the biggest stars in Hollywood...
here to continue the tour of Hollywood
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