Sunshine, palm trees, and attractive people – all things people probably think of when you mention Los Angeles.
But one of the more unique aspects of the City of Angels that is often overlooked is the number of beautiful and extravagant cemeteries, mausoleums, and headstones in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Headstones and Graves of the Rich and Famous
Los Angeles is home to many of the country’s most beloved celebrities – both living and dead. And in typical Hollywood and Los Angeles fashion, some of these stars are buried in some of the most beautiful locations with monuments dedicated to their fame and success.
So, if you’re ready to scout out sites for your final resting place, or simply want some inspiration for your custom epitaph, here are four cemeteries with gravesites and headstones in Los Angeles you won’t want to miss.
1. Forest Lawn Memorial Park
With properties across Southern California, the Glendale and Hollywood Hills locations of Forest Lawn Memorial Park are the most well-known. These sites feature beautiful rolling hills and rows of elegant headstones flush to the ground that you’d expect at a tradition cemetery. However, the grounds also include a world-class art museum, statues, the famous Hall of the Crucifixion-Resurrection – which Forest Lawn says is home to two of the largest religious paintings in the western hemisphere.
Celebrities resting at Forest Lawn include Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., and Walt Disney, just to name a few. But good luck finding them. The cemetery treats all tenants equally, and does not reveal where its celebrities are laid to rest.
2. Hollywood Forever
As the name suggests, Hollywood Forever is located in Hollywood, right next to Paramount Studios. It offers a fantastic view of the iconic Hollywood sign throughout the cemetery. The property claims to be the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on the planet.
Some of the stars buried at Hollywood Forever include punk rocker Johnny Ramone, silent film stars Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and Mel Blanc (the voice of Porky Pig), whose headstone reads, “That’s all folks.”
3. Westwood Village Memorial Park
Westwood Village Memorial Park is more than 100 years old and is located in the middle of one of the city’s most upscale and wealthiest neighborhoods – in between Beverly Hills and the 405, and just south of UCLA. The grounds feature lush gardens and trees, along with a chapel that designers say reflects the overall beautiful of the property.
Frommer’s lists Westwood Village Memorial Park as one of its top cemeteries to visit to see celebrity gravesites and headstones in Los Angeles. Stars located in Westwood include Marilyn Monroe (in a nondescript wall crypt), Truman Capote, Dean Martin, Merv Griffin, and the Odd Couple – Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.
4. Holy Cross Cemetery
Frommer’s also names Holy Cross Cemetery as a popular destination. Located in Culver City and with views of Santa Monica Bay and nearby mountain vistas, this Catholic cemetery features ponds, brooks, a waterfall, shrines, and lush gardens.
The property will hand out maps to stars’ graves and headstones. Here you’ll find Bing Crosby and John Candy, plus the actors who played the Tin Man and Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz.
Variety is the Spice of Afterlife
After visiting these beautiful cemeteries, you probably noticed quite a bit of variety among the headstones and gravesites – ranging from magnificent monuments to modest markers. You have the same options when you are planning your custom headstones. Using our simple online ordering tool, you are able to customize the look, design, and message for which you or your loved ones be remembered.