For the second location, we went to the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. The first cemetery was in a quiet neighborhood, but this one is just off very busy Wilshire Blvd, tucked in between high rise buildings. These buildings insulate the cemetery from all the noise from the busy thoroughfare. There is a very high percentage of celebrities here as opposed to Forever Hollywood, which is much bigger.
Here I was surrounded by men and women I have admired on the big and small screen. Even though they had passed on, it was a bit overwhelming. I would be walking and look, here is Dean Martin, then a few more steps, it's Marilyn Monroe!
|Marilyn Monroe, probably the most visited.|
|Guy Crocetti, Dean Martin's father.|
|Angela Crocetti, Dean Martin's mother.|
|Dino Paul Crocetti, a.k.a Dean Martin. Interestingly, Dean's space is directly opposite his parents.|
|The brother of Michael and son of Kirk Douglas.|
|Walter Matthau. George C. Scott is buried next to the Matthau's in an unmarked grave.|
|Bettie Page, the most famous pin-up girl.|
|Jim Backus, who portrayed Thurston Howell III, from Gilligan's Island.|
|Darryl Zanuck, the last of the studio bosses. He quit Warner Brothers and formed 20th Century Movies.|
|Natalie Wood Wagner|
|The infamous Bob Crane. He was murdered in 1978 and the case is yet unsolved.|
|Richard Conte, best known for his small role in the Godfather and a substantial role in Ocean's 11 (1960).|