Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywooddistrict of Los Angeles, California. It is adjacent to the north wall, or back, of Paramount Studios, who, with RKO Studios, bought 40 acres by 1920. The Beth Olam Cemetery, which can be found in the southwestern section of the cemetery, was set aside for members of Hollywood's Jewish community.


It was founded in 1899 on 100 acres as Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Incorporated
url= |quote=The Hollywood Cemetery Association filed articles of incorporation yesterday. |publisher=Los Angeles Times |date=August 15, 1899 |accessdate=2008-06-07
] 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 property in 1998 for $375,000. They renamed it "Hollywood Forever," and restored and refurbished it.cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Where Hollywood’s Stars Are Interred, but Live Forever on Screen |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/07/movies/07ceme.html?_r=1&ref=movies&oref=slogin |quote=In 1998 Tyler Cassity, a friend of Mr. Boileau’s from St. Louis, bought the 62-acre property for $375,000 and began making renovations. Mr. Cassity’s family runs Forever Enterprises, which operates another cemetery in Northern California and several in Missouri. |publisher=New York Times |date=June 7, 2008 |accessdate=2008-06-07 ]


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.

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. Some of the tombs are quite lavish.


Burials continue to occur from time to time. The longtime ban on the sale of plots was rescinded when the Forever Network restored the cemetery, which has meant that plenty of space for future graves remains.__NOTOC__


(Note: this is a partial list.)

Use the following alphabetical links to find someone.


*David Abel (1883-1973), cinematographer
*Walter Ackerman (1881-1938), actor
*Bert Adams (1891-1940), Major League Baseball player
*Constance Adams (1874-1960), actress
*Don Adams (1923-2005), actor/comedian
*Louis Adlon (1908-1947), actor
*Renée Adorée (1898-1933), actress
*Gilbert Adrian (1903-1959), costume designer
*Helen Ainsworth (1902-1961), actress/producer
*Frank Alexander (1879-1937), actor
*James Alexander (1914-1961), actor
*Lester Allen (1891-1949), actor
*Murray Alper (1904-1984), actor
*Sylvia Ashley (1904-1977), actress/socialite
*Agnes Ayres (1898-1940), actress
*A.E. Anson (1879-1936), actor
*Art Arthur (1911-1985), screenwriter
*Jessica Pepper Arthur (1913-2003), actress
*Gertrude Astor (1887-1977), actress
*Charles Avery (1873-1926), actor


*Fred J. Balshofer (1877-1969), director/producer
*Leah Baird (1883-1971), actress
*William Beaudine (1892-1970), director
*Tony Beckley (1927-1980), actor
*Elmer Berger (1891-1952), inventor of the rear-view mirror
*Herman Bing (1889-1947), actor
*Mel Blanc (1908-1989), actor/comedian and voice over talent. His tombstone has one of the most famous epitaphs, "That's all folks"
*El Brendel (1890-1964), actor/comedian
*Coral Browne (1913-1991), actress
*Peter Bruni (1931-1992), actor
*Edward Bunker (1933-2005), actor


* Lynn Cartwright (1927-2004), actress, wife of Leo Gordon
*Orlando Costa (1929-2006), Portuguese Minister
*Louis Calhern (1895-1956), actor
*Charles Chaplin Jr. (1925-1968), actor, son of Charlie Chaplin
*Hannah Chaplin (1865-1928), mother of Charlie Chaplin
*Chief Luther Standing Bear, Sioux Nation actor
*Al Christie (1881-1951), director/producer and screenwriter
*Charles Christie (1880-1955), movie studio owner
*Gertrude Claire (1852-1928), actress
*William Andrews Clark, Jr. (1877-1934), founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
*Lana Clarkson (1962-2003), actress
*Otto Classen (1868-1939), artist
*Iron Eyes Cody (1907-1999), actor
*Harry Cohn (1891-1958), founder of Columbia Pictures
*Alan Crosland (1894-1936), director
*Cornelius Cole (1822-1924), California Congressional Representative and U.S. Senator
*Douglas Glenn Colvin aka Dee Dee Ramone (1952-2002), Bassist in The Ramones


*Cass Daley (1915-1975), actress/comedienne
*Viola Dana (1897-1987), actress
*Karl Dane (1886-1934), actor/comedian
*Bebe Daniels (1901-1972), actress
*Joe Dassin (1938-1980), singer
*Marion Davies (1897-1961), actress
*Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959), director/producer
*William C. DeMille (1878-1955), director/writer
*Molly Dodd (1921–1981), actress


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


*Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939), actor
*Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1909-2000), actor
*Maude Fealy (1881-1971), actress
*Charles K. Feldman (1904-1968), agent/film producer
*Walter L. Ferris (1883-1965), screenwriter
*Flora Finch (1869-1940), actress
*Peter Finch (1912-1976), actor
*Victor Fleming (1889-1949), director
*Kathleen Freeman (1919-2001), actress
*Joe Frisco (1889-1958), actor/comedian
*Leo Fuchs (1911-1994), actor


*William Gable (1870-1948), father of actor Clark Gable
*Ed Gardner (1901-1963), actor/comedian
*Janet Gaynor (1906-1984), actress
*Carmelita Geraghty (1901-1966), actress, wife of Carey Wilson
*Estelle Getty (1923-2008), actress "The Golden Girls"
*Maury Gertsman (1907-1999), cinematographer
*Leo Gordon (1922-2000), actor, husband of Lynn Cartwright
*Elinor Remick Griffin, composer
*Griffith J. Griffith (1850-1919), park and observatory donor


*Joan Hackett (1934-1983), actress
*John Hamilton (1887-1958), actor
*Kenneth Harlan (1895-1967), actor
*Mildred Harris (1901-1944), actress
*Jean Havez (1869-1925), song writer
*Wanda Hawley (1895-1963), actress
*Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway, wife of Ernest Hemingway
*Woody Herman (1913-1987), musician
*Benjamin Franklin Hilliker (1843-1916), Medal of Honor recipient
*Darla Hood (1931-1979), actress, played "Darla" in "Our Gang"
*David Horsley (1873-1933), built the first Hollywood movie studio
*Jean Howard (1910-2000), actress/photographer
*John Huston (1906-1987), director/screenwriter



*Steve James (1952-1993), actor
*Rick Jason (1923-2000), actor
*Walter Jurmann (1903-1971), composer


*Bronisław Kaper (1902-1983), composer
*Zoltán Korda (1895-1961), British director
*Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), composer
*May Kitson (1869–1943), actress


*Arthur Lake (1905-1987), actor
*Barbara La Marr (1896-1926), actress
*Martin Landau (1888-1966), agent (client was Jean Harlow)
*Jesse L. Lasky (1880-1958), pioneer, founded Famous Players-Lasky, which became Paramount Pictures
*Jesse Lasky, Jr. (1908-1988), screenwriter, son of Jesse Lasky
*Florence Lawrence (1886-1938), actress, known as "The First Movie Star"
*Henry Lehrman (1886-1946), director
*Edward LeSaint (1870-1940), actor
*Elmo Lincoln (1889-1952), actor
*Edwin Little (1955-2003), author
*Perry Lopez (1929-2008), actor
*Peter Lorre (1904-1964), actor
*Ben Lyon (1901-1979), actor


*Jeanie MacPherson (1887-1946), actress, screenwriter
*Leo D. Maloney (1888-1929), pioneer actor/director and producer
*Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967), actress, (She has a cenotaph; she is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania)
*Paul Marco (1925-2006), actor
*Tully Marshall (1864-1943), actor/producer and director
*Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952), actress, (She has a cenotaph; she is buried in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery)
*Darren McGavin (1922-2006), actor
*Adolphe Menjou (1890-1963), actor
*Sybil Adrian Merritt (1923-2004), actress
*Charles B. Middleton (1874-1949), actor
*Arthur Charles Miller (1895-1970), cinematographer
*Sidney Miller (1916-2004), actor
*Laura Spellman-Middleton (1890-1945), actress
*Paul Muni (1895-1967), actor


*Nat Nadajan (1902-1974), actor
*John Neilson (1944-2000), actor
*Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), screenwriter
*Maila Nurmi (1922-2008), actress Vampira


*Donald Allen Oreck (1930-2006), actor
*Harrison Gray Otis (1837-1917), Los Angeles Times publisher


*Art Pepper (1925-1982), actor
*Barbara Pepper (1915-1969), actress
*Eleanor Powell (1912-1982), actress/dancer
*Tyrone Power (1914-1958), actor


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


*Luther James Rabb (1942-2006), musician
*Dee Dee Ramone (1952-2002), musician and member of The Ramones
*Johnny Ramone (1948-2004), musician and member of The Ramones, (He has a cenotaph, in the form of a bronze statue of him playing guitar)
*Virginia Rappe (1891-1921), actress, the woman Fatty Arbuckle was accused of killing during a wild party in San Francisco, creating one of Hollywood's first major scandals
*Marie Rappold (1879-1957), opera singer
*George Regas (1890-1940), actor
*Pedro Regas (1897-1974), actor
*Nelson Riddle (1921-1985), musician/composer and band leader
*Al Ritz (1901-1965), actor/comedian
*Harry Ritz (1904-1985), actor/comedian
*Jimmy Ritz (1907-1986), actor/comedian
*Theodore Roberts (1861-1928), actor
*Edward G. Robinson, Jr. (1933-1974), son of actor Edward G. Robinson
*Harold Rosson (1895-1988), cinematographer
*Jules Roth (1900-1998), manager of Hollywood Forever

*Tom Santschi (1880-1931), actor
*Joseph Schildkraut (1896-1964), actor
*Leon Schlesinger (1884-1949), head of animation at Warner Bros.
*Vito Scotti (1918-1996), actor
*Rolfe Sedan (1896-1982), actor
*Aron Semel, (1939-2005), Holocaust survivor
*Harry Semels (1887-1946), actor
*Peggy Shannon (1910-1941), actress
*Ronald Shedlo (1940-2007), producer (Also, Executive at Columbia Pictures (1980s), and Errol Flynn's personal assistant).
*Ann Sheridan (1915-1967), actor
*Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (1906-1947), gangster
*Esta Krakower (1911-1982), wife of Benjamin Siegel
*Ford Sterling (1883-1939), actor
*Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer (1927-1959), actor, played "Alfalfa" in "Our Gang"


*Constance Talmadge (1897-1973), actress
*Natalie Talmadge (1899-1969), actress
*Norma Talmadge (1893-1957), actress
*Eva Tanguay (1879-1947), singer
*Estelle Taylor (1894-1958), actress
*William Desmond Taylor (1872-1922), movie director, murder victim (unsolved), crypt is marked with his birth name, William Deane Tanner
*Verree Teasdale (1906-1987), actress, wife of Adolphe Menjou
*Charles Toberman (1880-1981), built the Roosevelt Hotel
*Gregg Toland (1904-1948), cinematographer
*Noel Toy (1918-2003), actress/dancer, wife of Carleton Young


*Edgar Ulmer (1904-1972), actor


*Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926), actor


*George D. Wallace (1917-2005), actor
*Jean Wallace (1923-1990), actress
*Steve Wayne (1920-2004), actor
*Clifton Webb (1889-1966), actor
*David White (1916-1990), actor
*Jonathan White (died 1988), son of actor David White. Killed in terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland
*Mae E. White (1885-1967), grandmother of Carol Burnett; when Burnett tugged on her ear at the end of her TV show it was a signal to her grandmother
*Hobart Johnstone Whitley (1847–1931), allegedly named Hollywood while honeymooning with his wife; gravesite is marked "The Father Of Hollywood"
*Harvey Henderson Wilcox (1832-1891), founded the city of Hollywood
*Rozz Williams (1963–1998), founded the Death Rock band Christian Death
*Fay Wray (1907-2004), actress


*Victor Young (1899-1956), composer


*Eric Zeisl (1905-1959), composer

ee also

*List of famous cemeteries (non-U.S.)
*List of United States National Cemeteries


External links

* [http://www.hollywoodforever.com/ Hollywood Forever Cemetery Site]
*national Public Radio|1138614
* [http://www.cinespia.org Cinespia]
* [http://www.cemeterytour.com Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour]

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