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Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park & Crematory: Hollywood’s Dog Heaven

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 20th, 2017
2017
Feb 20

 LOS ANGELES CEMETERIES

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

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On Thanksgiving Day, 1935, a small group of people gathered on a hill in Calabasas to pay their last respects to actress Alice Brady’s beloved Sammy. Age 16, Sammy had been Brady’s pet wire-terrier, and rather than consign his remains somewhere disrespectful, Brady had him interred in a crypt at the local pet cemetery. The epitaph reads, quite simply, “Sammy—My Boy.” Two years later, her favorite dog Nina passed away and was buried at a cost of $300. The next week, her dachshund died of distemper.

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Newspaper notice of the death of Alice Brady’s terrier, Nina

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The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park & Crematory,  was founded in 1928 and is located off the Ventura Freeway twenty miles from Hollywood, has a mausoleum (built in 1929), combined with crematory and columbarium, for the interment of a beloved pet. With more than 40,000 pets interred, on the cemetery’s thirty acres, it is one of the largest and oldest of its kind on the West Coast.

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Humphrey Bogart’s cocker spaniel, Lionel Barrymore’s dozen dogs and cats, Tonto’s horses, Good Scout and Smoke, and Hopalong Cassidy’s Topper have been buried here since the 1920s.

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Because of its proximity to the film capitol, many of the creatures buried on its thirty acres are the pets of famous movie stars. One of them is Mae West’s pet monkey, Boogie who made his screen debut in I’m No Angel and died in late 1933. Boogie was laid out in a fancy lined casket, but no headstone. Around the same time the Countess di Frasso’s fourteen year-old dog died and was buried in a white casket.

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And there is Jiggs, a nine year-old chimpanzee who died in March 1938 of pneumonia. Jiggs had his own social security number and was a member in good standing with the Screen Actor’s Guild. His funeral at the cemetery was attended by Dorothy Lamour, Bing Crosby and Ray Milland. He last appeared on film in Her Jungle Love (1938) with Lamour.

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Rudolph Valentino and his pet, Kabar. 

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Marker of Rudolph Valentino’s pet, Kabar (Source: Weird California)

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Kabar, a Doberman pinscher, was the pet of Rudolph Valentino and was sent to him as a present from a Belgian diplomat in appreciation of Valentino’s acting. When Valentino died, Kabar disappeared for months and when he returned he was half-starved and his feet were bleeding. Veterinarians who examined him estimated that he had crossed the continent to New York and back searching for his owner. For two weeks he hung around Valentino’s old home, depressed and unhappy, then with a broken heart, he died. Alberto, Valentino’s brother rewarded Kabar’s faithfulness with a grave and a bronze maker that reads, “Kabar, My Faithful Dog. Rudolph Valentino, Owner.”

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Not far from Kabar is the pet of Valentino’s former wife, Jean Acker, a pet she named Bunky Valentino. The bronze marker reads: “1931—1945, Bunky Valentino, All My Love. Jean Acker Valentino.” In the same area is Puzzums, the Mack Sennett cat. Puzzums freelanced most of the time and in his heyday earned $250 a week. Found abandoned as a kitten, Puzzums appeared with Maurice Chevalier and Jeannette MacDonald. His last film was Handy Andy (1934) with Will Rogers. He died from complications caused by an ulcerated tooth in August 1934 at age eight.

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Maurice Chevalier holding Puzzums the cat.

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Miriam Hopkins with her wire terrier, Jerry.

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When Miriam Hopkins’s wire-haired fox terrier, Jerry passed away in 1932, she telephoned the cemetery. In a short time a funeral car called for the body and he was placed in a hermetically sealed casket. Jerry was then taken to the cemetery and placed in his designated plot, one that had been reserved for him.

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Also among the pets buried there are John Gilbert’s Topsy, Dolores Del Rio’s Da Da, and Oscar Strauss’s Hansi. Marian Marsh’s Pekinese, King, has a tombstone costing $150 and there is also Dumpsie, who acted opposite Eddie Cantor, Lee Tracy, Elissa Landi and other stars and who was slain, it was rumored, by foul means.

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Louise Dresser’s Bubbie is honored with an epitaph: “Bubbie. A Gallant Little Soldier, July 12, 1929.” Not far from Bubbie lie two of Corinne Griffith’s pets, Bozo, a prize St. Bernard, and Black Raider, a once lively terrier. In the mausoleum, in one of the crypts, is Jiggs, the Boston bull terrier of Jimmy Murphy. Across from the crypts, there are niches. Here you will find Billie Burke’s police dog, Gloria Swanson’s Rusty, a pet of John Barrymore’s and a dog belonging to stage and screen actor, Edmund Breese.

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To learn more, check out the cemetery’s website HERE

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David Carradine’s Grave is Marked

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 5th, 2009
2009
Dec 5

LOS ANGELES CEMETERIES

David Carradine’s grave is marked at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills

 

 David Carradine

 

The grave of actor David Carradine, who died on June 3, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand has been marked. He is located at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, Lincoln Terrace section, Lot 5144, Space 1.

 

 

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David Carradine's grave 

 

Thanks Lisa Burks for the heads-up!

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Farrah Fawcett’s Final Resting Place

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 5th, 2009
2009
Nov 5

LOS ANGELES CEMETERIES

Farrah Fawcett’s grave marker

 

Fawcett Farrah-marker

 (Photo courtesy Mike Francis)

 

Farrah Fawcett

February 2, 1947, Corpus Christi, Texas

June 25, 2009, Santa Monica, California

Westwood Memorial Park

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Evergreen Cemetery Tour

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Oct 6th, 2009
2009
Oct 6

LOS ANGELES CEMETERIES

Evergreen Cemetery

 

Evergreen Cemetery

 

 

 By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Last Saturday I attended a tour of Evergreen Cemetery sponsored by the Studio for Southern California History. Led by Steve Goldstein, Joe Walker and Christian Lainez, the tour covered important historical figures at one of Los Angeles oldest cemeteries. Founded on August 23, 1877, Evergreen is also one of the cities largest with 67 acres and more than 300,000 graves.

 

 

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Saturdays tour guides were (l-r), Christian Lainez, Steve Goldstein and Joe Walker

 

Many historical and prominent figures are interred at Evergreen with such  family names as Bixby, Hollenbeck, Lankershim, Van Nuys and Ralphs. Many former Mayors of Los Angeles are also here as are local African American pioneers.

 

Hollywood personalities interred at Evergreen, though not in large numbers, include: Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Louise Beavers, and Matthew “Stymie” Beard.

 

 What follows are some of the more well-known historical figures covered on the tour:

 

 

May Chandler

 

Magdalena “May” Chandler, the first wife of Los Angeles Times executive, Harry Chandler. After May’s death, Chandler married the daughter of Times owner, Harrison Gray Otis and is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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Jesse Belvin

 

Jesse Belvin (1932-1960), singer-songwriter who co-wrote the song, “Earth Angel,” one of the biggest hits of the 1950s for the group, The Penguins.

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Van Nuys-Lankershim

 

Isaac Lankershim (1818-1882) and Isaac Newton Van Nuys (1835-1912), real estate developers and founders of  the cities of North Hollywood (once called Lankershim) and Van Nuys.

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Sam Hasins

 

Sam Haskins (1846-1895), the first black Los Angeles Fire Department member killed in the line of duty.

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George A. Ralphs

 

George A. Ralphs (1850-1914), founder of the Ralphs supermarket chain.

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Earl Rogers

 

Earl Rogers (1869-1922), famed Los Angeles attorney is reportedly the model for the fictional character, Perry Mason. Rogers is the father of journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns.

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 Cameron E. Thom

 

Cameron Erskine Thom (1825-1915), 24th mayor of Los Angeles and co-founder of the city of Glendale.

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William J. Seymour

 

William J. Seymour (1870-1922), African American religious leader, founder of the Pentecostal movement and the Azusa Street Revival.

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Bridget "Biddy" Mason

 

Bridget “Biddy” Mason (1818-1891), former slave, nurse, real estate entrepreneur and co-founder of First African American Episcopal Church. Her grave was originally unmarked until 1989 when Mayor Tom Bradley and members of her church laid the existing tombstone.

 

Evergreen Cemetery is located at 204 N. Evergreen Avenue

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Bettie Page’s Grave Marked

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on May 20th, 2009
2009
May 20

WESTWOOD MEMORIAL PARK

Bettie Page

 

Bettie Page

 

In the last few months, the grave of pin-up girl, Bettie Page, was marked at Westwood Memorial Park not far from the crypt of Marilyn Monroe.

 

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Grave marker of Bettie Page (Photo courtesy of Gary L. Hill)

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Tour of Rosedale Cemetery…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 1st, 2009
2009
Mar 1

LOS ANGELES CEMETERIES

Angelus Rosedale Cemetery

 

Angelus Rosedale Cemetery

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Yesterday was a typical sunny day in California and a perfect morning to spend in a cemetery. I attended a walking tour at Angelus Rosedale cemetery sponsored by the Studio for Southern California History.

 

 

Steve Goldstein and Joe Walker

 

Our tour guides for the day were author Steve Goldstein and Los Angeles criminal history expert, Joe Walker (above).  

 

Steve is the author of, LA’s Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P. which is on bookstands now from Schiffer Books.

 

The tour was a comination of film stars, Los Angeles historic figures, murder victims and killers. Angelus Rosedale Cemetery is located at 1831 W. Washington Blvd.

 

Here are just a few of the residents that were covered in Saturday’s tour:

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HATTIE MCDANIEL

 

Hattie McDaniel's grave

 

Academy Award winning actress for

Gone With the Wind (1939).

 

 

DOOLEY WILSON

 

Dooley Wilson's grave

 

Actor besy-known for his role as Sam in

Casablanca (1942).

 

ANNA MAY WONG

 

Anna May Wong's grave

 

The first Chinese-American film star and the first Asian-American to become an international star who has more than 80 film credits to her name.

 

 

PHINEAS BANNING

 

Phinneas Baning's grave

 

Southern California pioneer. Known as “The Father of the Port of Los Angeles,” he was one of the founders of the town of Wilmington, which was named for his birthplace.

 

 

DR. DAVID BURBANK

 

David Burbank

 

A New Hampshire-born dentist and entrepreneur who founded the city of Burbank, California.

 

 

CAROLINE SEVERANCE

 

Caroline Severance

 

Woman’s club leader; women’s rights activist; and abolitionist.

 

TOD BROWNING

 

Todd Browning's grave

 

Motion picture director best known for the films London After Midnight (1927), Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932)

 

 

MARIA RASPUTIN

 

Maria Rasputin

 

Daughter of the Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin.

 

 

LOUISE PEETE

 

Louise Peete's grave

 

Infamous serial killer who was executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin at age 66. She lies in an unmarked grave.

 

 

HARRY KELLAR

 

Harry Kellar's grave

 

Magician who presented large stage shows during the late 1800s and early 1900s. A predecessor of Harry Houdini.

 

MABLE MONOHAN

 

Mable Monohan's grave

 

A once-famous roller skater who once toured on the Orpheum circuit, and was strangled with a strip of her own bed sheet. Barbara Graham was convicted of her murder though she allegedly did not actually participate. Susan Hayward played the part of Graham in the film I Want to Live and received an Academy Award.

 

 

HONORABLE WU

 

Honorable Wu

 

Chinese-American actor in such films as Stowaway (1936) and Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

 

 

Rosedale Cemetery

 

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Rosedale Cemetery tour

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Monroe’s Marker Defaced…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 23rd, 2009
2009
Feb 23

LOS ANGELES CEMETERIES 

Marilyn Monroe’s grave marker vandalized!

 

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 Marilyn Monroe’s grave marker (Courtesy of Gary L. Hill)

 

Some ghoul has defaced the grave marker of actress Marilyn Monroe at Westwood Cemetery. This photo, which was taken by a friend about 2 weeks ago, shows that either a key or knife may have been used to deface the actresses’ marker. It’s not known if it has been repaired or replaced. If anyone has that information, please post a comment.

 

What can be said about a person that would do something like this to Monroe’s grave marker or to anyone’s grave for that matter.

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