Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars can be found here in this tiny hidden cemetery tucked behind the towering high-rises that line busy Wilshire Boulevard.
Pierce Brothers is tucked away on the south side of Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, CA.
The circular road that leads into the cemetery circles a grassy oval lawn where most of the stars are buried.
Bob Crane (1928-1978) was murdered back in 1978 in Scottsdale, Arizona. His controversial private life and his unsolved murder, were dramatized in the 2002 movie “Auto-Focus.”
Walter Matthau (1920-2000) was the cantankerous ‘Mr. Wilson’ in 1993’s “Dennis the Menace,” the reluctant coach in “The Bad News Bears,” an aging vaudeville comic feuding with partner George Burns in “The Sunshine Boys,” and the grouchy ‘Horace Vandergelder ‘ in “Hello Dolly.”
Just pulling out dead people, nothing to see here. Actually these are all empty and are awaiting the ashes of whomever pays to have them stuffed into them.
Unidentified blonde (I liked her picture).
Brian Keith (1921-1997), best known for his role on the popular 60’s TV sitcom “Family Affair,” is buried above his daughter, Daisy Keith, who killed herself in May of 1997. Brian Keith, suffering from lung cancer & emphysema, shot himself at his Malibu home one month later. Sad yet sweet..?
Janet Leigh (1927-2004). Janet will always be remembered as the woman stabbed to death by crazy Norman Bates in the famous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”
Carroll O’Connor (1924-2001), TV’s “Archie Bunker” on the smash hit sitcom “All in the Family.” Also buried here is Carroll’s adopted son, Hugh O’Connor (1962-1995), who played ‘Lt. Lonnie Jamison’ on his father’s show (“In the Heat of the Night”). Unfortunately, plagued by drug problems, the young man shot himself in 1995. Wow, a lot of suicides in these parts.
Marilyn Monroe’s funeral service was held here inside the Westwood Memorial Cemetery Chapel on August 8, 1962.
Marilyn Monroe’s foster sister, is laid to rest just outside the chapel.
Billy Wilder directed, produced and/or wrote such classics as “Some Like It Hot”, “The Seven Year Itch” and “Sunset Blvd.” His headstone bears the punchline from his best-known film, “Some Like It Hot.” Now that’s funny!
Peter Falk was best known as the rumpled raincoat-wearing Lieutenant Columbo.
You can thank them for Hamburger Hamlet…or not.
“There Goes The Neighborhood.” Does he get any respect now?
“I Will Not Be Right Back After This Message.”
Beach Boy Carl Wilson (1946-1998) passed away at the age of 51 of lung cancer.
Minnie Riperton (1947-1979). The lyrics to her hit song, “Lovin’ You” (1975), are inscribed on her headstone. She’s also the mother of Maya Rudolph of SNL fame.
Dean Martin (1917-1995)
These are the parents of actress Elizabeth Taylor, Francis Taylor (an art dealer) and Sara Taylor (an actress of the stage).
Frank Sinatra Lover
Yes, that Sidney Sheldon.
Heather O’Rourke (1975-1988), aka ‘Carol Anne’, the little girl who was famous for the line “They’re here!.” She’s in there.
Truman Capote (1924-1984), the sophisticated wit who wrote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Mel Torme (1925-1999)
Superagent Irving “Swifty” Lazar (1907-1993). His party was the place to be on Oscar night – until his death ended the tradition.
A dead rat in between the graves of Swifty Lazar and Heather O’Rourke. Hmmm.
Hungarian-born actress Eva Gabor (1921-1995). Zsa Zsa’s sister who starred as Eddie Albert’s ditzy, city-loving wife, Lisa Douglas on the popular TV sitcom “Green Acres.”
Don Knotts (1924-2006) aka ‘Mr. Furley’.
Bettie Page (1923-2008), the queen of 1950’s pin-ups.
Westwood Memorial Park may be small but it’s bursting at the seams with dead celebrities.