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Tourists visiting Los Angeles for the first time expect celebrities at every turn. However, there is only one place where you are sure to get closer to the biggest stars in Hollywood.
An unusual place worth visiting is the introduced Westwood Village Memorial Park. Juna California offers visitors stunning entertainment. As in everything else, this part of the country is ahead in terms of cemeteries.
However, Los Angeles cemeteries cannot be compared to any other in the world. In the dry City of the Angels, even if you visit the dead, it is an unforgettable experience …
In the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which looks like a magnificent urban park, you can have a picnic in the shade, among the headstones (for example, next to the grave of Donnie Ramon, one of the founders of the Ramons gang). Here you can also attend music events or watch classics of outdoor movie screenings. Celebrate life and pay tribute to those who are no longer with us.
Lon Glendale Forest
A little further from downtown Hollywood is the cemetery, Forest Lawn Glendale. Among the hundreds of celebrities, Liz Taylor, Walt Disney, Humphrey Bogart, Michael Dexon and many others are buried here. In this cemetery you can visit a museum, a gallery of fine arts and see a replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, made of stained glass.
Visiting Deadwood Wildwood Memorial Park
While all are interesting, there is a cemetery in front. There are more intrigues, scandals, unusual stories and legendary epitaphs related to Westwood Wild Memorial Park than to any other cemetery.
Stories related to this unusual place are sure to amuse you, whether you plan to visit the City of Angels or not. First of all, you should never expect a real green oasis on a modest city street, but that’s just the beginning.
This cemetery began its life as a “Sunset Cemetery” in 1888, long before movies were invented. At that time, this space was intended for a small and rural population and the workers of the modest Christmas of the surroundings. But in 1919, that university became the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In the late 1920s, Westwood Village developed here, as a result of which the name of the cemetery was changed.
Today, this green oasis is hidden by tall skyscrapers with offices and apartments, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of Wilshire Boulevard, just one block north.
Check out Marilyn
In the mausoleum on the ground, which was added in the middle of the 20th century, there is a veivalite veil that most visitors come to see. Marilyn Monroe, a withered star who died in 1962 under mysterious circumstances, is buried right here. Her niece is completely pinked by the lipstick of the kisses that fans have been leaving for decades.
Her husband, Do DiMayo, bought them both when they married in the mid-1950s. The one where she was buried and the one above, for him. However, when, after nine months of marriage, Marilyn filed for divorce, the withered baseball game sold her grave. Although she was divorced, DiMaio never let her go. After the diva’s untimely death, he allegedly sent flowers to her grave for two decades.
During his divorce from Marilyn, DiMayo ran into a businessman, Riard Poner, in New York and sold him his grave. Decades later, when Poner died, his last wish was to turn him into a coffin to face Marilyn forever, and it was done.
The obsession continues
Half a century after his death, the obsession continues. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner bought Nest alongside Marilyn in 1992 for $ 75,000. Although he never met her, in 2017 he was buried next to her.
In addition to the withered star and Hefner, Nest was booked in 1997 by legendary Broadway writer Derry Herman. However, he finally decided that he wanted to be buried closer to his family. In the summer of this year, Herman’s family put his grave up for sale for $ 2 million. Whoever wants to spend an eternity with Marilyn Monroe should put so much aside right now!
Another star of the Westwood Village Memorial, which attracts a lot of stump, is actress Natalie Wood. He drowned in 1981 on the coast of Catalina Island, when he was only 43 years old. Rumors of mysterious circumstances, and even of a possible murder, have been shutting down this case for decades. From time to time, they even ask for the exhumation of their body for further analysis. However, so far this has not happened.
Also resting here is Canadian model Dorothy Straten, a young woman who, like Marilyn Monroe, became a tragic victim of male obsession with her unreal beauty.
In this cemetery you can also find monuments to people who came here in the 19th century. However, their tombstones, formerly vertical, are now placed on the grass because they are protected from earthquakes, vandalism and lawn mowing.