Recently, my wife (Tracy) and I took a little tour around Hollywood Forever Cemetery in, where else, Hollywood. It doesn't quite have the cachet of Père Lachaise in Paris, but from Rudolph Valentino to Johnny Ramone to Cecil B. DeMille to Don Adams ("Would you believe") and a host of other notable figures, it makes for a fun and interesting tour. Below is a link to my report (with photos). They're dying to see you there should you visit Hollywood.
Great report, Tom, but it left me wondering if being buried in such a place is a success or a failure for a former star. Like any ordinary geek, I absolutely love the idea of seeing all of those tombs in one place, particularly because it would be perhaps embarrassing to seek some of them out in a "serious" cemetery (like Woodlawn?) but also just mingling with so many dubious (?) celebrities might be demeaning. While I recognized all of the people you wrote about, I imagine that the cemetery must also be full of plenty of Hollywood wannabes who never quite made it. "She stood behind Bela Lugosi in Dracula" or "He was the best man at Tiny Tim's wedding." It's both fascinating and totally creepy.
Nevertheless, even in Paris, one sometimes comes across some of the most incredible tombs, for example Jean Daniel Cadinot, an infamous director of gay porn movies. I'm sure he would have loved to be in Hollywood Forever.
Kerouac, Hollywood Forever Cemetery has a number of successful stars buried there, and certainly lots of "wannabes" to be sure…It is Hollywood. I just read that Mickey Rooney will soon join the club here.
Great trip report, thanks for sharing! The campy and humorous tombstones are fun to look at. I was surprised to see, though, that some of the markers are quite humble, such as Jayne Mansfield's, for instance.
As a film fan, I would love to see this place. It is sad to hear about tragic ends, though. I had no idea Alfalfa was shot by his friend.