Seeing Stars: Final Resting Places of the Stars
Some people feel that there
is something odd or disrespectful about visiting the grave of a movie star.
could be further from the truth.
For the most part, Hollywood
celebrities are people who have spent their entire lives in pursuit of
fame, in hopes of attaining some form of immortality on the stage and silver
screen. The true tragedy would be if they were forgotten by their fans.
as you would visit the grave of a beloved relative or an good friend, so
do many fans seek out the final resting places of the silver screen idols
who brought so much joy into the lives of so many.
Fortunately, most Hollywood stars are buried
right here in Los Angeles county. And this section of "Seeing Stars"
tells you where you can find them.
feel free to leave a flower on the grave of your favorite actor or actress,
and take the time to remember the wonderful moments they have given us...
There are some interesting
coincidences (and old friends) to be found in the cemeteries of Hollywood;
here are a few of them:
- Both "The Scarecrow."
and "The Tin Man" (Jack Haley)
from "The Wizard of Oz" are buried at Holy Cross.
- Two of the stars of the comedy
"Some Like It Hot", plus the director of that movie, are
buried at Pierce Bros Westwood Park: Jack
Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe
and Billy Wilder.
And so is Jack Lemmons's longtime pal, Walter Matthau.
- Three famous
movie directors: Cecil
B. DeMille ("Sunset Blvd."),
("Gone With the Wind"), and John Huston
("The African Queen), are all buried at Hollywood Forever
- Both "Ben Cartwright."
and" Little Joe Cartwright" (Michael Landon)
from TV's "Bonanza" are buried at Hillside
- Two cast members of the "Our
Gang" / "Little Rascals" comedies happen to both be
buried at Hollywood Forever:
and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer.
- Two of the child actors from
Steven Speilberg's horror film "Poltergeist" are buried
at Pierce Bros. Westwood: little Heather O'Rourke
& the actress who played her sister in the movie, Dominique Dunne.
- Both Humphrey Bogart
and Sidney Greenstreet,
who starred together in "Casablanca," are buried at Forest
Lawn Glendale. (Ingrid Bergman was cremated, and Paul Henreid is buried
- Two stars of "From
Here to Eternity," Burt Lancaster
and Donna Reed,
are both buried at Pierce Bros. Westwood.
- Both John
Huston (who directed "The Maltese
Falcon") and Peter Lorre
(who co-starred in that classic movie) are buried at Hollywood Forever.
- Four well-known character
actors from popular TV sitcoms are buried at Woodlawn
Cemetery, including 'Granny'
from "The Beverly Hillbillies," the town drunk
from "The Andy Griffith Show," Marlo Thomas' boyfriend
from "That Girl," and 'Mrs. Roper'
from "Three's Company."
- Both of
the men who founded Paramount Pictures, Jesse Lasky
and Cecil B. DeMille
(the men who shot the first movie in Hollywood) are buried at Hollywood Forever; which is located right next door to Paramount Studios.
The man who ran rival Columbia Pictures, Harry Cohn,
is also buried there.
- Both Charlie Chaplin's
mother and Chaplin's son are buried at Hollywood Forever, although at opposite ends of the cemetery.
Yet oddly enough, some of the
most famous teams in Hollywood history are buried far apart, including
Laurel & Hardy,
Abbott & Costello,
the Three Stooges,
the Marx Brothers,
Pickford & Fairbanks,
and Lucy & Desi :
- Lou Costello
is buried at Calvary cemetery, while his partner
- Both Lucille
Ball & Desi
Arnaz were cremated, but Lucy's ashes
can be found at Forest Lawn Hollywood
Hills, while Desi's ashes were scattered.
Bear in mind that
some areas of some cemeteries are private and off-limits to visitors. This
is true at some of the Forest Lawn parks, especially at Forest Lawn Glendale.
Follow their rules and regulations when you visit there. Also remember
that all cemeteries deserve to be treated with dignity and respect