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.
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.
Other celebrities buried at Westwood Village
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.
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?