Archive for February 20th, 2010

Hollywood Cemetery

Saturday, February 20th, 2010


Beautiful Hollywood Cemetery…



By Allan R. Ellenberger


Someone once asked me what it would have cost to be buried at Hollywood Cemetery back in the early days. I have an ad for the cemetery from an old 1931 Los Angeles telephone directory that listed the prices for the various ways to be interred there.


Just as the cost of real estate in the living world depends on “Location, Location, Location,” the same holds true once you pass to the other side.


The ad qualifies the price by saying “and up” which probably means that it depends on where the “inurnment” is. For example, the price for crypts would depend where on the mausoleum wall it was. Crypts that are around eye level are usually more expensive than those at the top. The same would apply to niches. Outside graves would also depend on location: those that surround the lake would cost more than those in the rear of the property next to the wall. Remember, these are 1931 prices!


Mausoleum, private — $1,800 and up

Crypts — $225 and up

Family Plots — $162 and up

Graves, Single — $42.50

Cremation: Adults — $50 / Children — $10 to $25

Niches — $35.00 and up

Urns — $12.00 and up



 Hollywood Cemetery circa 1925 (LAPL)



Lionel Jeffries Obituary

Saturday, February 20th, 2010


Lionel Jeffries, a veteran British actor-director, dies at 83



Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2010


Lionel Jeffries, 83, a British actor-director whose 50-year career included portraying Grandpa Potts in the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” died Friday in London after a long illness, the Associated Press reported.


He also wrote the screenplay for and directed the 1971 film “The Railway Children,” which the British Film Institute named one of Britain’s 100 best films in 1999. It was one of five movies he directed.


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