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Hollywood Forever Cemetery
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Entrance of Hollywood Forever
Location: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
Added to NRHP: May 14, 1999
NRHP Reference#: 99000550

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. It is adjacent to the north wall, or back, of Paramount Studios, which, with RKO Studios, bought 40 acres (160,000 m2) by 1920. The Beth Olam Cemetery, in the southwestern section, is a dedicated Jewish burial ground.

History

The cemetery was founded in 1899 on 100 acres (0.40 km2) as Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery.[1] By the latter part of the 20th century it had become run down. Allegations of financial mismanagement caused the State of California to forbid the sale of plots. On the verge of closure in a bankruptcy proceeding, Tyler Cassity of Forever Enterprises purchased the now 62-acre (250,000 m2) property in 1998 for $375,000. They renamed it "Hollywood Forever," and restored and refurbished it.[2]

The cemetery is active. The longtime ban on the sale of plots was rescinded when the Forever Network restored the cemetery, and space for more graves remains.

Tours

Motion picture historian Karie Bible leads a walking tour through the cemetery. Bible is the current "Lady In Black,"[citation needed] carrying on the tradition of the mysterious woman who put a rose on Rudolph Valentino's grave every year.

In Popular Culture

Hollywood Forever Cemetery abuts Paramount Studios on its south end.

During the summer, movies are screened at the cemetery. Hundreds of people come armed with beach chairs and picnics to view films projected onto the side of one of the buildings.[2]

There is a documentary about Hollywood Forever Cemetery called The Young and the Dead. Among those interred or entombed in the cemetery are a number of important personalities, famous persons, including men and women from the entertainment industry, important people in the history of Los Angeles, and their relatives.

The television series 90210 featured the cemetery in the episode "Hollywood Forever". [3]

A scene from the 2010 movie Valentines Day took place in the cemetery. The movie they were watching in the cemetery was Hot Spell (1958) [4]

The cemetery is briefly shown in the short Stopover in Hollywood.

Partial list of people buried

Use the following alphabetical links to find someone:

Contents: Top · 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

B

Mel Blanc's tombstone

C

D

E

  • Maude Eburne (1875-1960), actress
  • Nelson Eddy (1901-1967), actor/singer
  • Kaye Valerie Elhardt (1935-2004), actress

F

Tomb of Douglas Fairbanks

G

H

Grave of John Huston

I

J

K

L

Peter Lorre's crypt

M

Jayne Mansfield cenotaph

N

O

  • Donald Allen Oreck (1930-2006), actor
  • Harrison Gray Otis (1837-1917), Los Angeles Times publisher
Burial site of Tyrone Power

P

Q

  • Christopher Quinn (1938-1941), child of actor Anthony Quinn who died in a drowning accident

R

S

Bugsy Siegel's Crypt

T

U

V

Rudolph Valentino's crypt

W

Y

Z

See also

References

  1. ^ "Incorporated". Los Angeles Times. August 15, 1899. "The Hollywood Cemetery Association filed articles of incorporation yesterday." 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Where Hollywood’s Stars Are Interred, but Live Forever on Screen". New York Times. June 7, 2008. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/07/movies/07ceme.html?_r=1&ref=movies&oref=slogin. Retrieved 2008-06-07. "In 1998 Tyler Cassity, a friend of Mr. Boileau’s from St. Louis, bought the 62-acre (250,000 m2) property for $375,000 and began making renovations. Mr. Cassity’s family runs Forever Enterprises." 
  3. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/90210_(season_1)
  4. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day_(film)

External links

Coordinates: 34°05′20″N 118°19′10″W / 34.08889°N 118.31944°W / 34.08889; -118.31944


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