Alfred Hitchcock had his remains scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
Exhibit IV > Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Forest Lawn turbocharged cemetery marketing to a new level turning itself into a major tourist attraction. Forest Lawn became a combination of cemetery and amusement park.
In case you have any doubts left about just
how creative and wacky Southern Californians can be, Forest Lawn
will appease your concerns.
Yes, indeed. Your doubts will completely vanish.
A depiction of the Last Supper far larger than life that towers over you? Certainly.
A huge—I mean HUGE—painting
of the Crucifixion and Resurrection? Go big or go home.
Large doses of faux Michelangelo? You got it.
In your face fountains to your heart's content? No problem.
Mausoleums fit for a Caesar? Maximus!
Not nearly as shocking today as it once was Forest Lawn attracted considerable jokes and satire over time, including the 1960s film "The Loved One." Savage that was.
Although it has been the blunt of many jokes, in my opinion Forest Lawn
it is not at all that terribly tasteless.
manicured lawns and lack of headstones (there is a small ground-level
marker over each grave) make for a park like setting. This type of cemetery design has been widely copied, but no one does it better.
Forest Lawn remains THE place to be buried in the Los Angeles area.
Permanent guests include >
Nat King Cole
Sammy Davis Junior
And so very many others.
Forest Lawn even caters weddings. As an example, Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman married there. That one did not work out well.
Visiting Forest Lawn Glendale
With huge celebrities like Michael Jackson in the ground Forest Lawn aggressively discourages fan visits to the point of actually prohibiting access to some areas. No leaving of memorials at gravesites and all that.
As long as your breath can still fog a mirror,
Forest Lawn is free, so come along. If not, make sure your cold dead hands crutch your purse or wallet. The few remaining plots here cost big time.
The alive and the living dead must restrict
visiting to between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Some "attractions"
are open just between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For more information
and to confirm times and prices, check the Forest Lawn website for more information.
1712 Glendale Avenue, Glendale, near the border of Glendale and Los
Angeles not far from Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles.
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
Above: The entire Michael Jackson funeral at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills cemetery, as well as the procession to take his remains to Forest Lawn Glendale for burial.
Forest Lawn, running out of plots to sell in
Glendale, opened Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. The cemetery looks out on the Disney, Universal, and Warner Brothers studies in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley.
The Hollywood Hills location offers a patriotic motif
with—in a bow to local demographics—Mexican culture
Once the gates opened, the rich and famous have also flocked here, including,
And again many more.
Although he was buried in Forest Lawn's Glendale location, this cemetery hosted Michael Jackson's funeral.
Not featured as an exhibit because it's less in your face than its sister..
6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles.
LA's "Secret" Celebrity Cemetery
Above: Excellent introduction to Westwood Village Memorial Park — a Los Angeles celebrity cemetery not even many locals know about. Note how to access cemetery.
Westwood Village Memorial Park hit the news big time in 1962 with the death of Mariyn Monroe.
Some others include >
Zsa Zsa Gabor
George C. Scott
Carl Wilson (Beach Boys)
Located at 1218 Glendon Avenue in Westwood Village in Los Angeles near UCLA. Enter via a lane off Wilshire Boulevard. As of this writing (2018) open from 8:00 to 5:00 daily.
May you live your time in Los Angeles to the fullest!