Legends Have It

Hollywood legends may seem larger than life, but we all have to kick the bucket at some point. The…

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Hollywood legends may seem larger than life, but we all have to kick the bucket at some point. The Hollywood Forever cemetery, at 113 years old, keeps legends’ spirits alive among 62 acres of green lawns, palm trees, landscaped gardens, and large, reflecting pools. Adjacent to Paramount Studios and with views of the Hollywood sign, this cemetery is home to Tinseltown titans like Cecil B. DeMille and Rudolph Valentino. Impressive crypts and headstones show a flair for the creative. Musician Johnny Ramone’s long-haired bronze statue poses mid-guitar-riff near the Garden of Legend, the cemetery’s small lake with a Grecian mausoleum on its center island. A respite by day, Hollywood Forever has garnered a reputation as a place to let loose at night, with summer movie screenings projected weekly on the white marble walls of one of the mausoleums and indie artists like Bon Iver and Belle and Sebastian performing concerts amidst the tombs. Hollywood Forever knows how to come alive.

BONUS: This Saturday, October 22, Hollywood Forever will hold the 12th annual Dia de Los Muertos, the colorful Mexican celebration that honors the dead. With music and dancing, take part in the ceremonial tributes and wander among intricate altar creations made of sugar skulls and marigolds.

Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; 323-469-1181. Open daily from 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Free parking is available on cemetery grounds. Día de los Muertos will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 12:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Admission is $10 per person. Here is an interactive site map of those buried at Hollywood Forever. No dogs.

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