Inglewood Park Cemetery lies in the shadow of the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA. It is quite a lovely cemetery. The office gives out a celebrity list and maps. They will also look up someone for you. They do not discourage grave hunters. Inglewood has many notables like Gypsy Rose Lee, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. It is an excellent place to spend the day hunting and worth your while.
Holy Cross Cemetery is a huge Catholic Cemetery in Culver City. If someone in Hollywood was Catholic, this is usually their final resting place. The office has an incomplete celebrity list (most big-named celebrities). There are quite a few people in the Mausoleum, but a word of warning, this is an ACTIVE Catholic cemetery, and the Mausoleum has quite a few services, and many people pray there. So, please be discreet. Weekends are hectic. As I said, it is pretty significant, so you will be in and out of your car a lot to find most residents. Also, be prepared to walk up and down hills. But it is a lovely cemetery, and you will have plenty to do.
Forest Lawn Memorial Parks are the Cadillac of cemeteries. They are beautiful and ornate. The grounds are lush. There is beautiful statuary all over. There are four cemeteries in the Forest Lawn system here in California. Glendale was the first one. Numerous famous stars are here, like Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Robert Taylor, and Nat King Cole, to name a few. Forest Lawns DO NOT like cemetery hunters. They discourage people from looking for star graves and ask you to leave if you carry books like Final Curtain or Permanent Californians. Do not bother asking any staff member for directions to stars graves. The Great Mausoleum is private, and cameras are watching the whole thing. There are four locked gardens with stars. Too bad, for most of the greats are here!
Hollywood Forever, formerly Hollywood Memorial Park, is located on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood, CA, and is such an intriguing place. Here, some of the luminaries of the screen, both silent and talkies, are here. Yet, it was left in a state of disarray for many years. It has now been restored to a beautiful cemetery, with a fountain in the middle of the lake with the William C. Clark Mausoleum and well-kept lawns, with private, outdoor mausoleums. It is the final resting place of stars like Valentino, Tyrone Power, and Douglas Fairbanks. Sadly, the former owner of the park (who has since died and is now resting in the Cathedral Mausoleum), embezzled most of the endowment funds.
Calvary is another vast Catholic Cemetery. Most of the notables are in the Mausoleum. Most everyone is easy to find except Ramon Navarro. I do not know how helpful the office is, but I have been told they dislike people taking pictures. Some have told me the office would take a picture for you….for a price. I do not know if that is true (big disclaimer here). So, go to the office at your peril.
Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, is the second cemetery in the Forest Lawn chain and not as restrictive as Forest Lawn, Glendale. There are no private mausoleums or gardens. Everything is open space. This does not mean that the staff is any more helpful, though. Don’t bother even asking for locations. But this place is pretty well-marked and easy to maneuver.
Was anyone else a big fan of Rachael Ray’s tv show “$40 a Day?” If you’re not familiar with it, it was a show on the Food Network where for each episode Rachael would spend 24 hours in a certain city with only $40 per day to spend on meals and snacks. The cameras would follow her around each city, and she would give tips on what local attractions to see, how to find bargains, and how to eat on a budget. That brief description doesn’t really do the show justice, but I’ll just say that I absolutely loved watching it, and it inspired me to want to travel more and take short trips to various cities throughout the United States.
According to author Marc Eliot in his book, “Jimmy Stewart, a Biography,” Stewart had for some time wanted to make a movie about Glenn Miller, a man with whom he shared several things in common. They were both small town boys with music in their backgrounds and both had served in the Army Air Force. Stewart had long admired Miller’s work, and in 1953 he got his wish to play the trombonist, arranger and bandleader in the movie The Glenn Miller Story (1954).
What hotels do celebrities stay in Chicago?
I have a fascination with hotels that started at a very young age. Growing up, we didn’t have the money to take expensive trips to places like Disneyland, but my sisters and I were perfectly happy going on smaller trips to places nearby. Often times we would just stay at a hotel to enjoy all its amenities, which for us kids meant mostly the swimming pool!
I’m not a hardcore fan of Burton’s work, but I have seen most of his movies, and enjoyed most of them… well, at least most of his his 80s/90s output. He made some neat movies afterwards, like “Corpse Bride” or “Sweeney Todd”, but I’m definitely more enthusiastic about his earlier work. In case you’re curious, here are my Top 5 favorite Tim Burton flicks:
They weren’t around long, but their lights keep shining brightly. The planet has been graced by magnificent talents who left us so early, whether they be rock gods or screen goddesses. The most famous musicians and actors who have died tragically young are here.
Even though celebrities may be richer and more attractive, that doesn’t make them better than us. Check out these celebrity mugshots!
Note: They aren’t necessarily guilty, even if they look guilty.
Dames is not a great film but easily attains classic status because of a trio of remarkable fantasy sequences shot by gifted choreographer Busby Berkeley.
Much of this slight 1934 musical comedy is a backstage copycat story of little significance. The enduring legacy is found in the last 34 minutes – in back-to-back-to-back musical numbers that are visually stunning and musically witty.
Wisecracking Joan Blondell an Audience Favorite in Diverse Career
Joan Blondell personified the sassy, smart gold digger in 1930s Warner Bros. movies — but proved herself versatile and adaptable in a six-decade career.
When Judy Garland sang Born in a Trunk, she could have been referring to Rose Joan Blondell, who literally grew up on the road. Blondell was born in 1906 to vaudevillians and her cradle really was a trunk. At four months of age, Joan was onstage in a play; she joined the family act at age three.