Rest in Peace, Sid Grauman…
Chinese Theatre impresario Sid Grauman (left) with true Hollywood greats, Norma Shearer and Irving Thalberg
Late last night emergency personnel were called to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale where loud noises, banging and crying were heard emanating from the Sanctuary of Benediction corridor of the Great Mausoleum. After a brief investigation, workmen discovered the sounds were coming from the crypt of Sid Grauman, the builder of Hollywood’s Egyptian and Chinese Theatres. Evidently the great showman was turning over in his grave after the cast of the X-Factor–Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato, left their handprints in cement at the forecourt of the legendary Chinese Theater. This once honored Hollywood tradition, which in the past has been reserved for the greats of film history (need it be mentioned the film hits of Cowell, Spears, Reid & Lovato??), last night was finally put out of its misery. While choices in the recent past have been questionable, one can only wonder who is next–the Kardashians? Rest in peace, Sid Grauman.