most notable is Oliver Hardy, half of
the famous comedy team "Laurel & Hardy."
But you can also find Bea Benaderet (1906-1966) here, the actress who played the mother on TV's "Petticoat Junction." Cousin Pearl on "The Beverly Hillbillies," and did the voice of Betty Rubble on "The Flintstones.." Her wall crypt is in the Mausoleum of Hope, on the west side of the park. But if you look for her as Bea Benaderet, you probably won't find her. Her marker reads "Twombly" in large letters at the top, with her name in smaller letters on the left side. (Her 'Uncle Joe' on "Petticoat Junction" is buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.)
Another familiar sitcom star is buried here at Valhalla. If you're a fan of "The Andy Griffith Show," you'll remember 'Miss Crump,' Opie's teacher, who was also Andy's girlfriend, 'Helen'. The actress' real name was Aneta Corsaut (1933-1995), I haven't found her grave yet, but I'm told that it's "in the north central area of the cemetery." Few realize she also had a key role as Steve McQueen's girlfriend in the 1958 horror classic "The Blob."
In case you're wondering about other Mayberry citizens,
'Otis' (the town drunk) is buried out at Woodlawn
in Santa Monica. 'Floyd the barber' is buried in the huge National military
cemetery near UCLA. 'Aunt Bea' is buried, appropriately enough, in
North Carolina. 'Barney' is buried at Pierce
Bros Westwood. And fortunately, 'Andy', 'Gomer' and 'Goober' are all
still with us.
The flamboyant "Gorgeous
George" Wagner (1915-1963),
can be found in plot 6657, near the northeast side of the fountain.
I've only paid one visit to Valhalla, and I can tell you that locating graves there isn't easy. The only one I managed to find on that brief visit was Oliver Hardy (1892-1957). His grave is located in a section south of the huge fountain.
Look for the curb number 1069, which is right next
to a low stone wall with the words "Garden of Hope" on
the wall. Behind this wall is a small urn garden filled with tiny markers,
where Oliver's remains are buried. His small marker is four rows up from
the bottom, and five markers to the right (of the left wall). But Olly
also has a large plaque on the inside (garden side) of the low stone
wall, which is more impressive than his actual marker.
Getting there: Valhalla is located just east of Western Costume Company and south of the Burbank Airport in the San Fernando Valley, a few miles north of Universal Studios Hollywood. / From Universal Studios, take Lankershim Boulevard northwest (about a mile and a quarter) to Vineland Avenue. Turn right (north), on Vineland, and go about two miles north to Victory Boulevard. Turn right (east) on Victory about six blocks, and the Valhalla will be on your left (north) side.
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