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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: With all the celebrities that have passed away in 2006, do you know if there is a resource that keeps track of them. We’d like to visit Los Angeles and I’m hoping to visit some of their cemeteries. I don’t know how popular it is but I’d like to drop by Jack Lemmon’s grave site and actors and singers.

A: Esteemed actor Jack Lemmon famous for such films as Some Like It Hot and The Apartment is buried at the Chapel Garden Estate in Westwood Memorial Park on 1218 Glendon Avenue. Considered one of the biggest celebrity cemeteries in the world, hundreds of actors, movie producers, and other film legends have their final resting place here.

Once here, the list of famous plots reads like a “Who’s Who of Hollywood.” Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Fanny Brice, Rodney Dangerfield and Eva Gabor are some of the hundreds of celebrities buried here.

In Glendale California, Forest Lawn Cemetery located on 1712 South Glendale Avenue is another cemetery famous for its Hollywood residents. Like Westwood Memorial Park, this cemetery purports to have the largest number of Hollywood stars buried here. Spread over 300 acres among rolling hills and mature trees, the place dubbed the “Country Club of the Dead” is packed with grandiose white sculptures and quaint English chapels. Many of them have extravagant tombs and shrines with a Hollywood-style grandness.

Cemetery reps report over a million visitors arrive yearly to pay their final respects. Besides the funeral services, Forest Lawn is also known for its famous marriages. Former president then actor Ronald Regan tied the knot with actress Jane Wyman at a chapel here in 1940.

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood can be seen here. The Hollywood list includes Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Jimmy Stewart, Jean Harlow and Canada’s Mary Pickford.

If visiting, be sure to pick up a map of the grounds at the information kiosk at the entrance. You won’t find celebrity names on it but you will find street names to help you get around. For trolling through the endless web sites on this topic, click on www.findagrave.com. I find it very helpful in tracking down notable legends.

"We have about 50,000 flagged as famous or notable, and it's a contentious issue of who makes the list, but we try to be accommodating, “ said Jim Tipton, FindaGrave.com’s founder which catalogs more than 12 million gravesites around the world.

There are over twenty cemeteries spread out over Hollywood and its environs. For visitor traveler information on this topic or anything else related to Hollywood visit www.seemyla.com, the official web site of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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