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Mapping 16 of Los Angeles's Most Celebrity-Filled Cemeteries

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Oh America, you have funny relationships with death and with celebrity (let's call both "cult-like"). Just yesterday we learned the portmanteau "delebs" (for "dead celebrities), which the New York Times tells us is "popular with marketers." And Los Angeles happens to really excel at both: the cemeteries here are huge and beautiful and very green and filled with ever-more-elaborate gilded marble monuments to the famous people buried beneath them. Here, a guide to 16 of the most celebrity-packed. For more complete information on grave locations and how to visit, there are tons of guides--good ones here and here.

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Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park

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This relatively small and hidden Westwood cemetery is packed with dead stars, most famously Marilyn Monroe. You'll also find Fanny Brice, Truman Capote, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Cassavetes, Rodney Dangerfield, Don Knotts, Carl Wilson, Frank Zappa, and Billy Wilder.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Hollywood Forever is old (founded in 1899), picturesque (it's appeared in LA Story, among other films), and just packed with Old Hollywood's dead (and beyond), including Douglas Fairbanks, Peter Lorre, Rudolph Valentino, the Talmadge sisters, Victor Fleming, Mel Blanc, Cecil B. DeMille, John Huston, Johnny Ramone, Bugsy Siegel, and Estelle Getty.

Holy Cross Cemetery

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This huge Roman Catholic cemetery in Culver is home to Bing Crosby, Bela Lugosi, Rita Hayworth, Mack Sennett, Sharon Tate, John Ford, John Candy, and Darby Crash.

Hillside Memorial Park And Mortuary

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The most prominent tomb at Hillside, a Jewish cemetery in Culver City, belongs to Al Jolson (it's that enormous white columned thing with waterfalls that you can see from the 405), but it's also home to Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Nell Carter, Mickey Cohen, Philip and Julius Epstein, Max Factor, Hank Greenberg, and Moe Howard.

Forest Lawn Glendale

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The Forest Lawn cemeteries are so enormous and elaborate and filled with a particular mythology of death that Evelyn Waugh made them central to his Los Angeles satire The Loved One. Glendale is the oldest and home to Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Mary Pickford, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, George Burns, Gracie Allen, WC Fields, Sammy Davis Jr., Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Sid Grauman, Casey Stengel, Theodore Dreiser, L. Frank Baum, and Aimee Semple McPherson, and Michael Jackson (something for everyone).

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills

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This wide-open space near sister cemetery Forest Lawn Glendale is home to Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel, Liberace, David Carradine, John Ritter, Gene Autry, and Brittany Murphy.

Mount Sinai Memorial Park

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Here in this Jewish cemetery (adjacent to Forest Lawn) you'll find Norman Fell, Cass Elliott, Totie Fields, and David Rose.

Inglewood Park Cemetery

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This lovely cemetery by the Forum is home to Gypsy Rose Lee, Edgar Bergen, Richard Berry, Tom Bradley, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Grable, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Ray Charles.

Oakwood Memorial Park

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Way out in the Valley you'll find Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Bob Crane of Hogan's Heroes.

Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park

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There are a handful of minor celebrities buried here (the last Curly replacement in The Three Stooges, Jiminy Cricket), but the big thing is if you've visited Stan Laurel at Forest Lawn HH, you might want to stop by Oliver Hardy's grave at Valhalla.

San Fernando Mission Cemetery

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This Catholic cemetery up in the Valley is home to Bob Hope, Ritchie Valens, William Bendix, Jerry Colonna, and voice-of-Donald-Duck Clarence Nash.

Woodlawn Cemetery

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In this low-key Santa Monica cemetery, you'll find Leo Carrillo, Barbara Billingsley, Paul Henreid, Glenn Ford, and Audra Lindley.

Home of Peace Memorial Park

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At the modest Home of Peace in East LA, you'll find Jerome "Curly" Howard and Shemp Howard, Carl Laemmle, Louis B. Mayer, Mark Sandrich, and all three of the Warner brothers.

Calvary Cemetery

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Right across the street from Home of Peace, Calvary hosts several Barrymores (Lionel, Ethel, John), Lou Costello, Edward L. Doheny, legendary art director Cedric Gibbons, Irene Dunne, and Ramon Novarro.

Eden Memorial Park Cemetery

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This is the spot for a couple of great Jewish comedians: Groucho Marx and Lenny Bruce.

Rose Hills Memorial Park

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This is one of the biggest cemeteries in the world, and it's home to Alvin Ailey and Eazy-E.

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Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park

This relatively small and hidden Westwood cemetery is packed with dead stars, most famously Marilyn Monroe. You'll also find Fanny Brice, Truman Capote, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Cassavetes, Rodney Dangerfield, Don Knotts, Carl Wilson, Frank Zappa, and Billy Wilder.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever is old (founded in 1899), picturesque (it's appeared in LA Story, among other films), and just packed with Old Hollywood's dead (and beyond), including Douglas Fairbanks, Peter Lorre, Rudolph Valentino, the Talmadge sisters, Victor Fleming, Mel Blanc, Cecil B. DeMille, John Huston, Johnny Ramone, Bugsy Siegel, and Estelle Getty.

Holy Cross Cemetery

This huge Roman Catholic cemetery in Culver is home to Bing Crosby, Bela Lugosi, Rita Hayworth, Mack Sennett, Sharon Tate, John Ford, John Candy, and Darby Crash.

Hillside Memorial Park And Mortuary

The most prominent tomb at Hillside, a Jewish cemetery in Culver City, belongs to Al Jolson (it's that enormous white columned thing with waterfalls that you can see from the 405), but it's also home to Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Nell Carter, Mickey Cohen, Philip and Julius Epstein, Max Factor, Hank Greenberg, and Moe Howard.

Forest Lawn Glendale

The Forest Lawn cemeteries are so enormous and elaborate and filled with a particular mythology of death that Evelyn Waugh made them central to his Los Angeles satire The Loved One. Glendale is the oldest and home to Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Mary Pickford, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, George Burns, Gracie Allen, WC Fields, Sammy Davis Jr., Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Sid Grauman, Casey Stengel, Theodore Dreiser, L. Frank Baum, and Aimee Semple McPherson, and Michael Jackson (something for everyone).

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills

This wide-open space near sister cemetery Forest Lawn Glendale is home to Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel, Liberace, David Carradine, John Ritter, Gene Autry, and Brittany Murphy.

Mount Sinai Memorial Park

Here in this Jewish cemetery (adjacent to Forest Lawn) you'll find Norman Fell, Cass Elliott, Totie Fields, and David Rose.

Inglewood Park Cemetery

This lovely cemetery by the Forum is home to Gypsy Rose Lee, Edgar Bergen, Richard Berry, Tom Bradley, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Grable, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Ray Charles.

Oakwood Memorial Park

Way out in the Valley you'll find Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Bob Crane of Hogan's Heroes.

Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park

There are a handful of minor celebrities buried here (the last Curly replacement in The Three Stooges, Jiminy Cricket), but the big thing is if you've visited Stan Laurel at Forest Lawn HH, you might want to stop by Oliver Hardy's grave at Valhalla.

San Fernando Mission Cemetery

This Catholic cemetery up in the Valley is home to Bob Hope, Ritchie Valens, William Bendix, Jerry Colonna, and voice-of-Donald-Duck Clarence Nash.

Woodlawn Cemetery

In this low-key Santa Monica cemetery, you'll find Leo Carrillo, Barbara Billingsley, Paul Henreid, Glenn Ford, and Audra Lindley.

Home of Peace Memorial Park

At the modest Home of Peace in East LA, you'll find Jerome "Curly" Howard and Shemp Howard, Carl Laemmle, Louis B. Mayer, Mark Sandrich, and all three of the Warner brothers.

Calvary Cemetery

Right across the street from Home of Peace, Calvary hosts several Barrymores (Lionel, Ethel, John), Lou Costello, Edward L. Doheny, legendary art director Cedric Gibbons, Irene Dunne, and Ramon Novarro.

Eden Memorial Park Cemetery

This is the spot for a couple of great Jewish comedians: Groucho Marx and Lenny Bruce.

Rose Hills Memorial Park

This is one of the biggest cemeteries in the world, and it's home to Alvin Ailey and Eazy-E.