300 acres of rollings hills, dead celebrities, incredible sculptures and patriotic fervor.
Over 250,000 souls and counting grace Forest Lawn Glendale.
Its 300 acres of intensely landscaped grounds and thematic sculptures were the inspiration for the biting commentary of Evelyn Waugh’s satirical novel The Loved One and Jessica Mitford’s acerbic The American Way of Death. Many commentators have considered Forest Lawn to be a unique American creation, and perhaps a uniquely maudlin Los Angeles creation, with its “theme park” approach to death.
While open to the public, they discourage visitors from hunting for celebrities graves. They also don’t allow cameras in many of the private sections of the park, so be discreet if that’s your thing.
A huge mosaic of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Errol Flynn (1909-1959) lies in a very humble grave in an outside garden with dead flowers:(
The six Forest Lawn cemeteries in the SoCal region contain around 1,500 statues, 10% of which are reproductions of famous works of art.
One of the many Mausoleum’s within Forest Lawn Glendale. This one has a patriotic theme.
Yellow water…very sloppy Forest Lawn.
Tomb on a hill.
Don’t look her in the eyes.
Casey Stengel (1890-1975) was best known as a manager, he led the New York Yankees to 10 pennants in 12 seasons, and to 7 World Series championships (including 5 in a row). He later managed the New York Mets from 1962 to 1965. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.
Patriotic symbols & monuments can be found throughout the park…everywhere!
Another patriotic themed stain glass window within a Mausoleum.
Larry Fine (1902-1975), one of of the original Three Stooges (Larry, Moe & Curly) – he was the balding one with the frazzled hair around the edges. Between 1930 and 1966, Larry appeared in over 200 movies and “The Three Stooges” television show, virtually always as a Stooge, somewhat playing the straight man to Moe and Curly’s more outrageous behavior.
Gummo Marx (1893-1977) was one of the lesser-known members the Marx Brothers. His brother Chico rests directly across from him.
Court of Freedom
Walt Disney (1901-1966) isn’t frozen, his ashes lie here in a gated corner garden with a small statue of the original Little Mermaid. Note: Just swing open the gate if no one is around and say hello to the man that most likely made your childhood more magical.
Walt lies here with his wife and other members of his family.
A salute to the heroes.
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967) won two Oscars, back-to-back, for “Captains Courageous” in 1937 and “Boys Town” in 1938, and was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar seven other times, including for “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “Inherit the Wind,” “The Old Man and the Sea,” “Judgment at Nuremberg,” “San Francisco” and “Father of the Bride.”
This cemetery is the only place in the world containing a complete collection of replica Michelangelo sculptures, which were made from castings taken from the originals and using marble from the same quarries in Carrara, Italy as used by Michelangelo.
Inside these walls there are several major stars that are buried, including Mary Pickford (1892-1979), Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), Warner Baxter, Judy Canova, Victor McLaglen, and well-known character actors S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall and Charlie Ruggles . Unfortunately, unless you’re a property owner – or know someone who is – you can’t get inside to see these stars’ graves.
No golden key, no entrance. Fortunately I have a connection that has a key so I will be making a return trip in the near future to check out all the exclusiveness that lies behind these private areas of the park.
“The Mystery of Life”
Blue & white bas-relief sculpture of Christ being baptized.
The Church of the Recessional not to be confused with the Church of the Inflational.
Hey Mary, who’s that under her dress?
Forest Lawn has numerous places to enjoy some incredible views of our city, including this one of Glendale.
Italy meets Glendale
The real Charlie’s Angels.
The Wee Kirk o’ the Heather was built in 1929 as a copy of Annie Laurie’s church at Glencairn in Scotland. A decade later, they built the Church of the Recessional, a reproduction of the Parish Church of St. Margaret in Rottingdean, England.
MJ & Liz Die/Lie Here
Jesus Loves Kidz
The Great Mausoleum was fashioned after Campo Santo in Genoa, Italy and contains many of the most highly sought after interment places within Forest Lawn, Glendale.
The Great Mausoleum
L. Frank Baum (1856-1919), author of the beloved classic “The Wizard of Oz.”