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The large Grecian tomb in
the center of the lake belongs to philanthropist William A. Clark Jr.,
who founded the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and donated the Clark Library to UCLA.
But located around
the periphery of the lake are the graves of more famous Hollywood
There are several small, free-standing family mausoleums here by the lake. The Douras mausoleum is located near the water, on the lake's east side (slightly to your right, if you're standing on the steps of the large Hollywood Cathedral Museum and looking towards the lake). There are two celebrities buried inside the Douras mausoleum.
One is Marion Davies
the actress and longtime mistress of tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the
newspaper tycoon who was the inspiration for the classic movie "Citizen Kane."
Marion Davies (real name: Marion Cecelia Douras) had her footprints
immortalized in the cement outside of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Just eight yards away from the front of the Douras mausoleum (to the southwest), is the large, white marble memorial to one of the most celebrated stars buried here at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, actor Tyrone Power (1914-1958).
One of the great swashbuckling heroes of the Golden Age of movies, Power starred in such adventure films as "Blood & Sand" (1941), "The Black Swan" (1942), "The Razors Edge" (1946) and "Jesse James" (1939).
Tyrone's funeral was held in the small chapel (by the entrance) here at Hollywood Forever, in 1958. It was attended by such celebrities as Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Yul Brynner, Laurence Olivier and Loretta Young. Fellow actor Caesar Romero delivered the eulogy, and thousands of fans massed on the lawn outside the chapel.
Now, go back and face the front of the Douras mausoleum. On the lawn to your left, near the mausoleum's upper left corner, is the simple grave of Hannah Chaplin (1866-1928), the mother of comic genius Charlie Chaplin.
As dramatized the 1993 movie "Chaplin,"
Hannah was mentally ill, and had to be confined to an asylum in London
while Charlie was still a child. After he achieved stardom in Hollywood,
Chaplin brought his mother out to California. In that film, Hannah was
played by none other than Hannah's real-life granddaughter, Charlie Chaplin's
daughter, actress Geraldine Chaplin. Only in Hollywood, folks...
A young starlet in the Silent era, who appeared with Valentino in one early film, she was the center of the biggest scandal to ever rock Hollywood.
She died during an apparent orgy attended by silent
screen comic Fatty Arbuckle.
The star was
accused of violent rape causing her death, and was brought to trial.
Although Arbuckle was found
innocent (in fact, the jury apologized to him), the scandal ruined Arbuckle's
motion picture career. He had portrayed a naïve, almost childlike character in his movies, so any association with that kind of sordidness was the kiss of death back in the 1920s.
From Virginia Rappe's grave, walk north along the edge of the lake until you come to a protruding area filled with rushes (see a map). Here, at the water's edge, is the headstone of Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967), the blonde sex-symbol who, in her time, rivaled Marilyn Monroe.
The headstone originally bore a small black and white photo
of Ms. Mansfield, but some lunatic defaced the grave and virtually obliterated
the photo. Fortunately, the new owners of Hollywood Forever replaced
the image with a small, color portrait of Jayne.
Ironically, Jayne isn't really buried here - she's
actually buried in Pennsylvania. The marker is a cenotaph. (Her actual
grave bears the same epitaph - but an earlier birth date: 1933.)
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