One of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles is also one of the most famous in the world - the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (formerly called the Hollywood Cemetery). Not only is it the final resting place of more Hollywood celebrities and influencers than any other place on earth, but it's the only cemetery actually in Hollywood and attracts visitors from around the globe.
The 100-acre cemetery was founded in 1899 and is now proudly on the US National Register of Historic Places. Paramount Studios actually built its lot on 40 acres of the south end of the cemetery, and you can see the still-active back lot there today.
An interactive map allows you to navigate your way to the graves, mausoleums or sarcophagi of your favorite Hollywood legends...and some truly unique tombstones. Check out singer Johnny Ramone's grave, topped with a life-sized sculpture of him playing his guitar. A beautiful monument with reflecting pool honors silent film superstar Douglas Fairbanks, founding member of United Artists and the Motion Picture Academy of the Arts. There are plenty of timeless greats you can visit, like Charlie Chaplin (and his son), Rudolph Valentino, Tyrone Power, Peter Lorre and Cecil B. DeMille, as well the "man of a thousand voices", Mel Blanc. Even Toto from The Wizard of Oz is there, with a life-sized sculpture of the famous pup.
And did you know there's a grave marker that's an exact replica of the 1958 Atlas missile, complete with facts engraved on the back? This amazing 20-foot tall granite sculpture sits on the grave of its creator, Carl Morgan Bigsby; you may not recognize his name, but his tombstone is worth visiting.
The cemetery also hosts musical performances and film screenings as well as special events. One popular event is the annual noon-to-midnight Dia de Los Muertos festival (Day of the Dead) in October. The "joyful celebration of our ancestors" includes over 100 altars made by community members to honor their loved ones, a dance plaza showcasing modern and historical rituals, arts and crafts, LA food vendors, music by Grammy award-winning artists, and more. This Day of the Dead celebration is the largest in California.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery gate is open Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:00 (5:30 during summer); it's recommended that you call for exact gate closing times.
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