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Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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$20.00*
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Ranked #53 of 611 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Final resting-place of some of Hollywood's celebrities and other luminaries.
Reviewed January 14, 2013

A must see in my opinion. The largest amount of celebrities in one place! The on site flower shop sells a nice book about the many celebrities laid to rest there, with a map to guide you to pay your respects. It is very large, and very interesting. Of course, you must remember it is not just celebs buried here, it is not simply a tourist attraction!

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Having lived in San Diego our entire lives, we have never been wise enough to come up north and experience the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, if you're thinking about visiting, you MUST try and take a tour with the charming, knowledgeable and interesting Miss Karrie Bible.

I believe if you go on HF website you will find info about her tours or you can find her on face book. We've taken two tours, one called "Old Hollywood" I think and the most recent one, "Jewish Heritage" tour. Although you can stumble about the entire place on your own and it's true, like another reviewer said, you will come across someone famous every few steps, it's best to go with an expert. And Karrie is an expert.

She has been interviewed numerous times, been featured on the TCM channel and in print as well. She is a tiny little thing but the energy she exudes is strong and you will find yourself swept away by her knowledge of not just old Hollywood but so much more.

Both tours ran over the two hour stated time limit as she doesn't hurry you along, answers each and every question with patience and professionalism and inserts little tidbits here and there. What was amazing about the Hollywood Forever Cemetery was how beautiful it was. Compared to the flat lawns of Forest Lawn, you'll see a lot of unusual grave markers, from the very simple to the quite ornate. There are also various crypts that dot the landscape.

Then there's the mausoleums, some with gorgeous stained glass windows and others with a unique pink or yellow lighting within its walls. There's a section just for those who are Jewish and be sure to check out the Buddhist Cemetary for grave markers that are definitely something you may not have seen before.In the far back, right side of the cemetery is a hidden garden dedicated to Anne Frank and a huge piano and faux living room set up in the mausoleum that houses Bugsy Sigel.

You can park your car directly on the grounds and move it around as it is a big place...this cemetery is as much a burial ground as it is an art museum. There are also bathrooms near the front office.

Read the other reviews for history and who's buried here but if you can take Karrie's tour. She took us to places and corners we would've never come across on our own and takes into account that on her walking tour not everyone is up to walking at a fast clip.

Case in point, me. I have had to use a cane the last couple of months and on our last tour I also fell out because of the heat and had to bail from the tour early. My husband told me later that she asked him several times if I was okay and was concerned that other older folks on the tour were okay as well.

Each tour is $15 a person, payable upon the completion of the tour and should you feel moved to give her a BIG FAT TIP, you should def do that. You meet in front of the flower shop and there are no reservations needed. She is well worth it and the easy way she share's her knowledge with you is far better than any other tour in Hollywood (IMHO of course.) Enjoy...you won't regret it but do wear good walking shoes and bring sunscreen if it's sunny!

6  Thank BlueStarMama
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

I was amazed to see the really posh and exotic headstones. There are some famous people resting here too. It's a really peaceful place too.

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Reviewed November 30, 2012

This tourist trap will let you see the dead famous folks. It's like a wax museum for the departed. Save your money and see something else.

2  Thank C B
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

A very easy location to drive to and simply park, grab a map and set off in search of history . Had never been to Hollywood Forever, even i. The summer when they do the movie screenings, but this was better for our multi-generational group...uncrowded,serene ( except for the new construction on the Cathedral Mausoleum where Rudolph Valentino is interred-- just adding on room for more!).The security guards were very helpful in guiding us and giving information. The website showed there was an "interactive map" but could not access it, so had to go with the $5 map ( which is very, very basic) from the flower shop. The grounds are interesting alone, and the everr changing melting pot that is LA, including very large and elaborate granite and marble gravesites and monuments for current Russian and Armenian families, to the childrens section along the far wall, to old Hollywood stars final resting places at are surprisingly simple..or elegant. our twenty-somethings in our group didn't recognize most of the names ( had to explain Rudolph Valentino and make reference to the "first" King Kong movie for Fay Wray, but they did get the Ramones. you could spent hours here, either doing your research beforehand so you know the personal history of those you are seeing, or bring a mobile device and get backgrounds along the way. There are more interesting locations around every turn..in the cathedral Mausoleum for instance, in the cremation section, behind small glass doors are the urn and memorabilia, including his role as a grandpa, of David White, the irritating boss Larry Tate in the original TV series " Bewitched". Are planning a trip back to get the full and multiple stories of those who had such public ( and not so public) fascinating lives. Tip: Groundskeepers seriously overwater, so there are patches of very squishy and slippery mud. the Canadian geese leave copious green droppings, so watch where you are stepping and wear flat bottomed shoes that can be more easily wiped off ( or the geese gifts will keep on giving)

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