I see dead people in Los Angeles

Every time I go to Los Angeles, I search for celebrities and come up emptyhanded. So this time, I decided to stalk a group of celebs who couldn’t run away – the ones buried underground.

Inappropriate? Nah, just a case of Hollywood fever. When I was told I could visit the final resting place of Marilyn Monroe, I had to go pay my respects.

It turns out that Westwood Village is not only home to Monroe, but numerous other celebs as well.

westwood village cemetery

Visiting Marilyn Monroe’s grave site

Westwood Village is a fairly small cemetery, so Marilyn isn’t hard to find. As you enter the grounds, she’s tucked off in the left corner, not underground, but in an above-ground crypt.

Surprisingly, there were only a handful of tourists in the entire cemetery, none around Marilyn as we approached. It was quiet and classy – appropriate for Marilyn, I think.

Her resting place, as you might expect, displayed the evidence of dozens of kisses from fans.

Marilyn Monroe grave

Other celebrities buried at Westwood Village

You don’t have to walk far in Westwood Village to stumble across other celeb graves. Mel Torme, Eva Gabor, Don Knotts and Truman Capote rest right near the front entrance.

Mel Torme grave

Walk a little further and you may encounter Rodney Dangerfield, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood and Jack Lemmon. As a music junkie, I was excited to see Minnie Riperton and Carl Wilson. Roy Orbison and Frank Zappa are here too, but unmarked.

Natalie Wood grave

Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery visiting information

The Westwood Village Cemetery in Los Angeles is located at 1218 Glendon Avenue, just a half-block off busy Wilshire Blvd. Hidden behind a couple of buildings, you’d never find this place if you weren’t specifically looking for it.

If you’re searching for a particular celeb, Seeing Stars has a fantastic map of the grounds. I wish I’d looked at that before I visited, because I ended up missing a lot of famous people!

 

Have you ever visited a celebrity grave?

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

28 comments on “I see dead people in Los Angeles

  1. I’m not a fan of cemeteries either, but I was able to go to Pere Lachaise in Paris to see Jim Morrison and I would definitely go to Westwood too. This is quite the unique story, Scott…way to go. BTW, I LOVED Minnie Riperton….that voice….phenomenal. At least, I get to see her daughter (Maya Rudolph) on tv every now and again and when I do, I smile.
    Renee recently posted..Discovering Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw- Georgia

  2. Definitely a place to catch up on Hollywood celebrities. Like Renee, cemeteries aren’t my favorite place either. However, I’ve visited some back in the South with my dad and it’s fascinating to see really old graves of people back in the 1700s and 1800s!
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  3. I’ve been to Jim Morrison’s grave in Paris and just recently we saw Evita’s in Buenos Aires. I would prefer to see live celebs (I was sitting two chairs away from John Cusack at a hotel bar in Buenos Aires – much more exciting, let me tell you) but graves are pretty cool too!

  4. Great post Scott – made me laugh ‘I see dead people’ haha. I went to the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and saw Edith Piaffe’s but went there to see Oscar Wilde’s and it was absolutely COVERED in lipstick kisses despite warnings not to graffiti – something quite emotional about it all.

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