As a devotee of Hollywood and the stars that made the movies great, I thought it would be interesting to stop by one of the cemeteries in town to visit and see the final resting places of some of my favorite stars.
We first tried Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills, which I understand has a number of stars in it, but the place is huge and they don’t provide maps to the location of these graves. You are more than free to drive in and look for them, but you could spend hours trying to locate them (unless you did some research ahead of time). Plus, photography is prohibited, though I don’t know how they would enforce this or what they would do if they caught you doing it.
Westwood is a much smaller and more manageable sized cemetery. The biggest challenge you’ll have is locating it. It really is nestled among some tall buildings, and even a lot of the people that work in those building aren’t aware that it is there.
We drove to the general vicinity of the cemetery and decided to park in a ramp and walk to it. It turns out it was located just around the corner from this ramp. There is room for you to drive into the cemetery and park along the side of the road—which, if you can find it, is the route to take, as it cost us $20 to park for than two hours.
I had done some checking online before we went there to see who was buried there (Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Rodney Dangerfield, etc.) and even found a map of the location of graves, which was very helpful. There is no restriction on photography, either.
Even though the cemetery is in the middle of a busy city complex, it is still remarkably quiet and peaceful. Go and enjoy this nice little cemetery, it isn’t just for the dead.
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