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Highland Price at Hollywood Forever…

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008


Highland Price



  • BORN: August 27, 1865, Illinois
  • DIED: April 10, 1901, Hollywood, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Unknown
  • Burial: Highland, Section 7, Lot 104


She never appeared in a film. She never held political office and has no known accomplishments that can be credited to her. In a town where images are so important, there are no photographs of her that have survived. Yet in Hollywood, her name is spoken every day; a multi-million dollar shopping and entertainment complex bears her name, and that name is posted on multiple street corners.


Her name is Highland Mary Price, born in Illinois and the wife of Hollywood’s first blacksmith, Thomas W. Price, whom she married in 1887. When she died of unknown causes in 1901, Highland became the first permanent resident of the newly christened, Hollywood Cemetery (now Hollywood Forever). Besides her husband, she was survived by her 9 year-old adopted daughter, Francis and her sister, Kate Mosby.


After her death, the founding fathers of Hollywood named one of the major thoroughfares Highland Avenue, in her honor. They chose that street because her home was on the corner of Highland at Fountain Avenue.


Today, we not only have Highland Avenue, but there is the Hollywood and Highland Center, home of the Kodak Theater where the Academy Awards are held. Each week people party at The Highlands, a popular restaurant and night club. And Hollywood Forever is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world.


Not a bad legacy for a smithee’s wife.


 The Hollywood and Highland Center


Grave monument for Highland Price, the very first interment at Hollywood Forever



 The original marker for Highland Price – the first grave marker to be laid in Hollywood Cemetery


The grave marker of Thomas W. Price, “The Village Blacksmith of Hollywood”