Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood Forever’

Yma Sumac Grave Marked

Saturday, May 9th, 2009


Yma Sumac


Yma Sumac


Opera sensation, Yma Sumac, known as the “Peruvian Songbird,” who passed away on November 1, 2008 was laid to rest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Recently her crypt, in the new section of the Abbey of the Psalms and the Sanctuary of Memories corridor, was marked.


 Yma Sumac grave



Don Adams Grave Marked…

Saturday, April 25th, 2009


Don Adams


Don Adams


After almost four years, the grave of actor Don Adams has been marked. Best known as Maxwell Smart in the television comedy Get Smart, Adams unusual marker was placed on his grave at Hollywood Forever Cemetery earlier this week.


Don Adams grave



 Close-up of marker





Pond Cleaning at Hollywood Forever…

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Today in Hollywood…


Hollywood Forever pond


Seen today in Hollywood… the pond at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is drained for cleaning.



Three Sisters…

Friday, February 6th, 2009



 Three Sisters


A New Version by Susan Coyne
U.S. Premiere
Directed by Larissa Kokernot


Starring Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Vershinin
Featuring Joy Osmanski*, Jennifer Chang*, Aileen Cho and Feodor Chin*
With Tony Amendola*, Tony Aguilar, Corey Brill*, Tom Carey*, Owiso Odera*, Teri Reeves*, Adam J. Smith*, Richard Tanne, Eva Wielgat*

*Member of Actors Equity Association



 JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 22, 2009



In the Historic Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038


Tickets are $30 and available at or 1-866-468-3399
Student Rush Tickets and Military Discounts Available at the door with valid ID

Pay What You Can Night, Sunday, February 8 at 7PM



Hawk Released at Hollywood Forever…

Sunday, January 25th, 2009


Injured Hollywood hawk takes wing after recovery


Hawk at Hollywood Forever

ON CUE: Kristin Joseph releases the hawk at Hollywood Forever cemetery.
(Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)


The bird, found last month exhausted and with a broken leg, was nursed back to health at a Calabasas center. Workers there decided to return the red-tail to familiar surroundings.

By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
January 25, 2009

He’s one traffic accident victim that from now on will be watching for oncoming cars like a hawk.


That’s because the Hollywood resident that returned home Saturday after being hospitalized more than a month with injuries from a presumed car collision is a hawk.


Wildlife experts from a Calabasas animal rehabilitation center returned a red-tailed hawk that had been injured in November to the busy urban neighborhood it calls home.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Affirmation of Life Ceremony for Ann Savage…

Monday, January 19th, 2009


Ann Savage


Ann Savage

Ann Savage

(February 19, 1921 – December 25, 2008)



By Allan R. Ellenberger


The affirmation of life ceremony for film noir actress, Ann Savage, was held on Sunday in the chapel of Hollywood Forever Cemetery with interment  in the Beth Olam Mausoleum. Those who spoke included Eddie Muller, writer and founder of the Film Noir Foundation; Arianne Ulmer Cipes, former actress and daughter of director Edgar G. Ulmer [Detour (1945)], and Kent Adamson, filmmaker and Savage’s manager.


Ann Savage memorial program

Memorial program


Eddie Muller and Ann Savage

A recent photo (2005) of Ann Savage and writer, Eddie Muller,
who spoke at today’s memorial (Films in Review)



Selected blessings and prayers from Christian, Jewish and secular writings were read. The ceremony concluded with the annointment of Savage’s urn with Chanel No. 5 — her favorite perfume. Following the service, a procession led guests to the Beth Olam Mausoleum niche where her cremains were placed with those of her husband, Bert D’Armand.


Procession to Ann Savage niche

Processional to the niche in the Hall of Solomon
in the Beth Olam Mausoleum



Ann Savage inurment

Preparation to inter the cremains of Ann Savage



Ann Savage niche

The urns of actress Ann Savage and her husband, Bert D’Armand



Ann Savage Memorial Tomorrow…

Saturday, January 17th, 2009


Ann Savage


Ann Savage Memorial Invitation


Adam Sandler at Hollywood Forever…

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

“Funny People” at Hollywood Forever



By Allan R. Ellenberger
December 6, 2008


Scenes for the upcoming Adam Sandler film, Funny People (2009) will begin filming Monday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A set for a large granite family mausoleum was completed today on the grounds of the Garden of Exodus (Section 13) sector of the cemetery.


The mausoleum in the center is a set for the upcoming Adam Sandler film, Funny People


The plot of Funny People from


“George (Adam Sandler) is a very successful stand up comedian who learns that he has an untreatable blood disorder and is given less than a year to live. Ira (Seth Rogen) is a struggling up-and-coming stand up comedian who works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One night, these two perform at the same club and George takes notice of Ira. George hires Ira to be his semi-personal assistant as well as his friend.”


Studio workers put the finishing touches on the Funny People “mausoleum.”


Over the past few years, writer/director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) has shown that nothing—not even losing your virginity or the miracle of childbirth—is sacred. About his third film behind the camera, he says, “I’m trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies. Wish me luck!”


Apatow directs Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann in Funny People, the story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience. The cast also includes Eric Bana and Jason Schwartzman. Funny People will be distributed by Universal on July 31, 2009.


Close-up view of the Funny People mausoleum set. The name LINDER is written over the entrance. A realistic stained-glass window can be seen in the back.


The family “mausoleum” is in the background. The standing tombstomes at the front of the photo are also fake.


More “fake” tombstones for the film Funny People.





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”