Monday, April 13, 2015

Los Angeles Final Resting Place Tour Part II

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!

Don Knotts

Eva Gabor

John Cassavetes

Mel Torme

Truman Capote

Buddy Rich

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.

Merv Griffin

Farrah Fawcett

Rodney Dangerfield

Jack Lemmon

Carroll O'Connor

Billy Wilder

Peter Falk

Ray Bradbury

Jack Klugman

Janet Leigh

Karl Malden

Burt Lancaster

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).

Donna Reed

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting story. I didn't find it boring to read. In fact, I really had a lot of fun reading your post. Thanks.