Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)

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Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills
Forest Lawn Memorial Park view from Griffith Park 2015-11-07.jpg
View from Griffith Park
Established 1906 by Hubert L. Eaton
New cemetery opened in 1952
Location Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates 34°08′42″N 118°19′12″W / 34.145°N 118.320°W / 34.145; -118.320Coordinates: 34°08′42″N 118°19′12″W / 34.145°N 118.320°W / 34.145; -118.320
Type Public
Owned by Forest Lawn
No. of graves 119,216
Find a Grave Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills is one of the six Forest Lawn cemeteries in Southern California. It is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, California 90068, in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is on the lower north slope at the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains range that overlooks North Hollywood, Universal City, and Burbank, and the overall San Fernando Valley area of north view Los Angeles.

Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills is a park dedicated to the preservation of American history and hosts high-profile events such as an annual Veterans Day ceremony attended by dignitaries and other VIPs. Los Angeles Magazine described it as a "theme-park necropolis", paraphrasing Jessica Mitford, indicating "Forest Lawn’s kitsch was just a sophisticated strategy for lubricating the checkbooks of the grieved."[1]


The park features such sights as:

Court of Liberty

A section of the Birth of Liberty mosaic
  • The Court of Liberty features statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and the Birth of Liberty mosaic. At 162 feet (49 m) long and 28 feet (8.5 m) high, Birth of Liberty is the largest historical mosaic in the United States. It is composed of ten million pieces of Venetian glass and depicts twenty-five scenes from early America, from 1619–1787.
  • The Old North Church, a precise replica of Boston's historic church, from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Paul Revere's Ride". The historical rooms have documents and mementos of the colonial period.
  • The Hall of Liberty American History Museum has a copy of the Liberty Bell and other exhibits. The museum has a 1,200-seat auditorium.
  • Monument to Washington, a marble and bronze tribute to America's first president, created by sculptor Thomas Ball. Four of Washington's generals are honored in the memorial.

Lincoln Terrace

Plaza of Mesoamerican Heritage

A large Aztec calendar replica in the plaza
  • The Plaza of Mesoamerican Heritage has indigenous/non-Christian sculptures by Meliton Salas Rodriguez, of Guadalajara, Mexico. Salas used hand tools to first quarry, then work the native Mexican stone into precisely scaled, detailed replicas of pagan artwork and artifacts that are representative of the Aztec, Huastec, Maya, Mixtec, Olmec, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Totonac, and Zapotec civilizations that preceded modern Mexican culture and is in contrast to the largely Judeo-Christian and American themes which have traditionally been the theme at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills since its inception. A smooth Olmecan head, an intricate Aztec sun calendar and a sinuous Teotihuacan bas relief are some of the sculptural features of the Plaza that are set off by crushed stone walkways and complemented by groupings of Mesoamerican plants.


The first Forest Lawn, in Glendale, was founded in 1906 by businessmen who hired Dr. Hubert Eaton, a firm believer in a joyous life after death. He believed that most cemeteries were "unsightly, depressing stoneyards," and pledged to create one that would reflect his optimistic beliefs and be "as unlike other cemeteries as sunshine is unlike darkness." He envisioned Forest Lawn to be "a great park devoid of misshapen monuments and other signs of earthly death, but filled with towering trees, sweeping lawns, splashing fountains, beautiful statuary, and... memorial architecture".[2]

Before it was a cemetery, Forest Lawn was a filming location used by directors such as Carl Laemmle and Cecil B. DeMille. The climactic battle scenes for D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation were filmed there. The alternate names of the filming site are Providencia Flats, Nestor Ranch, Oak Ranch, Oak Crest Ranch, Universal Ranch/Universal City, Lasky Ranch, and Paramount Ranch until November 1927.

When Eaton (self-proclaimed as "The Builder") made known his desire to open a second Forest Lawn location in the Hollywood Hills, the local residents protested vehemently. To circumvent the protesters, Mr. Eaton sent his staff to the county morgue to claim 6 "John Does" and buried them at the corners of the property in the dark of night. In the morning, the protesters had no power because, by law, the property was now a cemetery.

California Health and Safety Code, Section 7003 “Cemetery” means either of the following: (a)Any of the following that is used or intended to be used and dedicated for cemetery purposes: (1)A burial park, for earth interments. (2)A mausoleum, for crypt or vault interments. (3)A crematory and columbarium, for cinerary interments. (b)A place where six or more human bodies are buried.

The new mortuary and cemetery opened in 1952.

Notable interments



Judith Barsi's grave
Grave David Carradine





Grave Andy Gibb







Stan Laurel's memorial marker, with the Birth of Liberty mosaic in background






Lou Rawls's crypt
John Ritter's grave








See also


  1. ^ Ehrenreich, Ben (1 November 2010). "The End. – Features". Los Angeles Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Builder's Creed", March 2009[full citation needed]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2. McFarland & Company (2016) ISBN 0786479922
  4. ^ a b c Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries, p. 79
  5. ^ a b c d e The Archaeology of Hollywood
  6. ^ Irving Applebaum Allen at Find a Grave
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad People
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hollywood Death and Scandal Sites, p. 320
  9. ^ Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries, p. 83
  10. ^ National Michael Chekhov Association
  11. ^ Hollywood Reporter
  12. ^ Variety
  13. ^ "Animator Jim Duffy dies at 75, He was key figure at L.A.'s Klasky Csupo". Variety. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  14. ^ a b Chicago Tribune
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Tombstone Tourist: Musicians, p. 419
  16. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016-08-17). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. ISBN 9781476625997. 
  17. ^ LA Radio
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  19. ^ Chicago Tribune
  20. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (January 9, 2016). "Motorhead Fans Around the World to Pay Respects to Lemmy as His Funeral Takes Place". MetroUK. 
  21. ^ a b Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries, p. 90
  22. ^ Los Angeles Times
  23. ^ Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries, p. 92
  24. ^ Dillon, Nancy (December 24, 2009). "Brittany Murphy's family, friends gather for somber Christmas Eve funeral". New York Daily News. 
  25. ^ Los Angeles Times
  26. ^ Los Angeles Times
  27. ^ Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries, p. 94
  28. ^ Hollywood Reporter
  29. ^ The Show Must Go On
  30. ^ Los Angeles Times
  31. ^ Chicago Tribune
  32. ^ Los Angeles Times
  33. ^ Orange County Register
  34. ^ Nancy Dillon, "Paul Walker's Final Moments Captured in Newly Surfaced Photos," New York Daily News, December 10, 2013
  35. ^ a b c Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries, p. 101
  36. ^ Los Angeles Times
  37. ^ Desert Sun
  38. ^ Los Angeles Times via
  39. ^ Daily Advocate, October 2, 1914 Page 6

External links

  • Official website
  • Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills Grave marker photos
  • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) at Find a Grave
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