|Great view of the Hollywood sign from the main street of the cemetery.|
Some of you may wonder, why would you want to walk around a place filled with dead people? Well ... I have a macabre fascination with that kind of thing, and I like to pay my respects to those who I admire or liked who have passed on from this world.
Hollywood Forever has been in existence since the late 1800's and is the final resting place of many ordinary Angelenos. But it's the famous and infamous who are buried there that many come to see. The office has a free photocopied map of where it's most famous denizens are buried, and the on-site flower/gift shop has a more extensive booklet and map that you can purchase. More bizarre is the fact that the cemetery hosts cultural events there. Back in October, Belle and Sebastian held a concert there, and right before the concert there had been a screening of "Trainspotting." The things I miss when I move away from LA...
Most of the famous buried there are from the early days of Hollywood, many that I don't even recognize. But there were plenty that I did know and I'll share some of the more memorable ones here.
Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone. Interestingly enough, both deceased Ramones are buried here. I thought they would have been buried in New York. Their graves are on opposite ends of the cemetery.
Walking around the peaceful grounds and seeing his grave, you're reminded that in the end, we all wind up in the same place whether we're famous or not.