From the church where
"Going My Way"
was filmed - to the Crystal Cathedral; a guide
to Hollywood's favorite houses of worship.
the rest of us, Hollywood celebrities have their personal faiths, and many
go to church on Sundays with their families. Bing Crosby,
for instance, favored the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly
Telly Savalas attended services at St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox
Other stars may not
be particularly religious, but they still show up at church for celebrity
weddings and funerals.
Here is a list of
some of the many places of worship in Southern California which have seen
their fair share of stars.
that these are churches. Under no conditions should you disturb
church-goers before, during, or after services. The information here is
intended merely to allow people a more intimate understanding of Los Angeles
and its celebrities. When we understand the history of a place, it comes
to life in our imagination. And when we can associate places with people
we know and admire, it helps us feel closer to both the place and those
people. I drive past Good Shepherd often, for instance, and instead of
it being simply another building along Santa Monica Blvd, I can now nod
as I pass by and fondly remember that it was the place where Valentino
attended Mass, where Frank Sinatra and Danny Thomas were laid to rest,
where Gary Cooper came for advice, and where Elizabeth Taylor was married.
It makes that one particular part of our sprawling City of Angels seem
less impersonal, and makes those particular stars seem much more human.