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“The Dark Side of Hollywood”

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Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles
Ranked #17 of 251 Tours in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We're a light-hearted look at the Dark Side of Hollywood. Since 2004 Dearly Departed Tours has provided a 3 hour tour of the Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous. Mae West and Bela Lugosi, to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, with a side of Hugh Grant and Chris Brown and Rihanna thrown in for good measure. "Creepy, Hilarious, but not for kids or the prissy." - Lonely Planet. Also available, The Helter Skelter Tour - based solely on the Manson Murders. Join Scott Michaels, the host of the documentary, The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter will unravel this bizarre time in American History. American Horror Story based their "Eternal Darkness Tour" on us and we've been featured on Ghost Adventures, Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders and The Girls Next Door. In 2017 we opened our Artifact Museum which includes a piece of The Hindenburg, Rock Hudson's death bed, Natalie Wood's prescription bottle and Jayne Mansfield's 1966 Buick death car.
Reviewed November 12, 2013

While all glitz and glamour on the outside, Hollywood definitely has her secrets, mostly full of intrigue, murder, and death. In a place where so many came with a suitcase full of dreams, their hopes often ended in heartbreak and despair, sometimes retold in newspaper headlines and notorious news stories.
Interested in seeing where Sharon Tate and her friends had their last meal? Do you want to see where Michael Jackson and Bela Lugosi drew their final breaths? Then Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour is something that can not be missed!
This tour has been featured on countless television specials, and Scott Michaels is definitely the premier expert on Hollywood's grim history.
While you will hear so many unnerving tales that you will surely leave your hotel room light on, you will also see homes of the stars... where they lived, entertained, and often died. This tour is a perfect way to really be introduced to the history of Hollywood, especially if you want to delve a little bit into the dark side. Well... a whole lot actually. That's what this tour is about, right?
You will see around 100 sites in two and a half hours, in the luxury of an air-conditioned vehicle, accompanied with the knowledge of an expert tour guide.
Visit them online for additional information, or call 1-800-979-3370.

Thank Angela A
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Nice reviews and the people who handled our reservations were quite polite. The tour however was way over the edge. They should stick more to the sites of Hollywood that makes up about half the tour rather the the place of death. The name doesn't give justice to the tour, it is far more focused on those who left us not in a dear manner. We took another tour and it was a lot of fun showed the sites of Hollywood, only an hour alos which gave us most of our day to do other more happy things!

Thank freddi34
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Brian and Scott made us feel very welcome the moment we met them to take the tour! The office contains some very interesting memorabilia, such as a piece of luggage Jayne Mansfield had in the car the nights she died in a car accident. (For you younger folks, she is Mariska Hargitay's mom). The tour stopped at some well-known spots, such as the club where River Phoenix died- and some other not so common, such as where Bela Lugosi died. Brian also has a wealth of knowledge and passion about Hollywood- that just listening to him was a blast:) The drive through Beverly Hills and Holkywood was something we appreciated, since we didn't expect that as part of this tour.. Parking was a little tricky to find-and not being familiar with the area had a little bit of trouble finding something to eat close by. The tour office has restrooms available and water and some souvenirs for very reasonable prices. I

1  Thank Mary Ann N
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Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

All we did was look at houses. Although the houses were very nice to look at from the outside, I could've gotten a star map and driven to them myself. Or just Googled the houses I wanted to see for free. The driver was very nice and friendly. The van was really hot and the air conditioner didn't help. Some sites on the tour had nothing to do with deaths nor were scary.

Thank Nev K
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

"What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful. And Brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me."
I wanted to incorporate that beautiful piece of sappy writing in this review. If you don't know what book and movie that's from, skip this review.
Scott Michaels is to Hollywood Tours as Jan Brady was to neurotic middle children. Scott really takes the concept of viewing Hollywood behind the scenes to a whole new level. If you want a bunch of sweaty tourists asking if they will see movie stars and waving at people along Hollywood Blvd, this is not the excursion for you. If you want to learn more about Ramon Navarro and George Michael than you ever imagined, step right up for the biggest and best show in town.
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. "

Thank JoeWalker
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