clock menu more-arrow no yes
Shutterstock

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

View as Map

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.

Read More

1. Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park

Copy Link
1218 Glendon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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.

2. Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Copy Link
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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.

3. Holy Cross Cemetery

Copy Link
5835 W Slauson Ave
Culver City, CA 90230

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.

4. Hillside Memorial Park And Mortuary

Copy Link
6001 W Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 641-0707

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.

5. Forest Lawn Glendale

Copy Link
1712 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91025
(800) 204-3131

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).

6. Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills

Copy Link
6300 Forest Lawn Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(800) 204-3131
Visit Website

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.

7. Mount Sinai Memorial Park

Copy Link
5950 Forest Lawn Dr
Los Angeles, CA

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

8. Inglewood Park Cemetery

Copy Link
720 E Florence Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301

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.

9. Oakwood Memorial Park

Copy Link
22601 Lassen St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

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

10. Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park

Copy Link
10621 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 763-9121

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.

11. San Fernando Mission Cemetery

Copy Link
11160 Stranwood Ave
Mission Hills, CA 91345
(818) 361-7387

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.

12. Woodlawn Cemetery

Copy Link
1847 14th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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

13. Home of Peace Memorial Park

Copy Link
4334 Whittier Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90023

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.

14. Calvary Cemetery

Copy Link
4201 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90063

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.

15. Eden Memorial Park Cemetery

Copy Link
11500 Sepulveda Boulevard
Mission Hills, CA 91345

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

16. Rose Hills Memorial Park

Copy Link
3888 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA 90601

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

Loading comments...

1. Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park

1218 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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.

1218 Glendon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

2. Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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.

6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. Holy Cross Cemetery

5835 W Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

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.

5835 W Slauson Ave
Culver City, CA 90230

4. Hillside Memorial Park And Mortuary

6001 W Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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.

6001 W Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045

5. Forest Lawn Glendale

1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA 91025

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).

1712 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91025

6. Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills

6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

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.

6300 Forest Lawn Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90068

7. Mount Sinai Memorial Park

5950 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA

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

5950 Forest Lawn Dr
Los Angeles, CA

8. Inglewood Park Cemetery

720 E Florence Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301

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.

720 E Florence Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301

9. Oakwood Memorial Park

22601 Lassen St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

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

22601 Lassen St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

10. Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park

10621 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

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.

10621 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606

11. San Fernando Mission Cemetery

11160 Stranwood Ave, Mission Hills, CA 91345

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.

11160 Stranwood Ave
Mission Hills, CA 91345

12. Woodlawn Cemetery

1847 14th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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

1847 14th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404

13. Home of Peace Memorial Park

4334 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90023

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.

4334 Whittier Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90023

14. Calvary Cemetery

4201 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90063

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.

4201 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90063

15. Eden Memorial Park Cemetery

11500 Sepulveda Boulevard, Mission Hills, CA 91345

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

11500 Sepulveda Boulevard
Mission Hills, CA 91345

16. Rose Hills Memorial Park

3888 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601

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

3888 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA 90601