Hollywood Forever Cemetery, resting place to the stars, named a historical site

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the final resting place of stars such as Janet Gaynor, Estelle Getty and Rudolph Valentino, is now a historic-cultural monument.

The Los Angeles city council unanimously voted this week to grant the designation to the 123-year-old cemetery, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1999.

A number of buildings and landscape features at the cemetery, which first opened in 1899, date back to 1903.

The 53-acre property, regarded by some as one of the most iconic cemeteries in the world, also serves as a public gathering place, with visitors coming to the site to attend movie screenings, do yoga and walk among the ponds and elaborate mausoleums.

Numerous notable individuals including many prominent persons in the entertainment industry have been interred at the cemetery, such as Marion Davies, Burt Reynolds, Chris Cornell, Mel Blanc, Jerry Siegel, Yma Sumac, Ken Miles, Cecil B. DeMille, Fay Wray, Bugsy Siegel, Judy Garland, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Darren McGavin, Don Adams, Ann Sheridan, Iron Eyes Cody, Douglas Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Peter Lorre, Mickey Rooney, Tyrone Power, Peter Finch, Gregg Toland, and Joe Dassin.

Along with stars of Hollywood’s golden age, the cemetery has also been home to colonies of feral cats, who can be spotted resting on gravestones and near mausoleums.

For those wanting to visit this newly designated site, the address is 6000 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles CA 90038.

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