The Hollywood Forever Cemetery


I admit that I’ve always liked cemeteries. Maybe it has to do with the funeral home and my exposure to a lot of them, but there’s something cool and eerie about them at the same time. Maybe it’s the idea of all the people underneath your feet, the historical element, the well-manicured grounds or all the different graves, who knows? But I like them.

After being in LA for all this time, I finally went to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery a few weeks ago. It’s right in the middle of Hollywood, and part of Paramount Studios was built on the back part of the grounds. It’s home to tons of dead Hollywood big wigs and celebrities like Rudolph Valentino, Jayne Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Johnny Ramone and Toto. Yeah, that’s right. They gave that little ratty dog his own grave (but he was cute.)

Johnny Ramone

I went there because during the summer they show movies on Saturday nights. Towards the back of the cemetery, there is a big wall that they project movies on. You’re allowed to bring food and booze, and I like anywhere that allows booze. People bring chairs and blankets and park themselves on the lawn and watch the movie. I got there early because I went with my friend who works there and I walked around for awhile before the movie started. I was taking pictures and got chased off some of the graves by the security guards but I didn’t really care because I was high as a kite. I had eaten a pot cookie 🙂

The movie they were showing was “Rebel Without a Cause.” I’ve seen it and didn’t think it was that good so I just walked around most of the time. My friend told me that this past week they were sold out because they were showing “ET.” Am I the only one who didn’t think that movie was all that? That little monster/alien thing and the kids riding a bike into the sky? What was that? Maybe if I was five when I saw it I would feel differently, but I saw it when I was a cynical teenager who turned into a cynical adult that still doesn’t get what the hell is so great about that movie.

Vladamir somebody has a really fancy gravestone...

I admit I am not the best at suspending my disbelief and some of my family members are the same way. A few years ago I was visiting my parents and a commercial for “Avatar” came on. I haven’t seen the movie, and I heard it’s great but I don’t really have any interest. I was sitting with my dad and asked him if he wanted to see it and he said, “Blue people with tails in another world?? You lost me already.”

Then I asked him if he liked Harry Potter and that whole thing. His response was, “A kid flying around like a witch? I don’t think so.”

My thoughts exactly 🙂


full moon in the cemetery....

Hattie McDaniel

just for fun...



About Death To Hollywood

My name is Celeste Donohue and I am a writer/comedian who started this blog to tell stories about my life growing up in a funeral home and my adult life which I have spent in Hollywood, California – hence the name, “Death To Hollywood”. Hopefully, you like to read those kinds of stories. If not, go read something serious and boring.....
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14 Responses to The Hollywood Forever Cemetery

  1. klpeach323 says:

    did you find a nice spot where You will be buried one day??

  2. feniod says:

    i totally agree with you when you talk about ET, i hate that monster..:)
    By the way i always enjoy reading your blog, but you should write about the time you rode a bull…(i know it sounds dirty..)

  3. Josephine says:

    I love cemeteries too. Especially small, old pokey ones and the ones with monuments. I don’t like the “golf course” ones so much.

    I used to take the youngest to a small cemetery in Cambria to run around a little when it was too cold and foggy at the playground on the coast. It was one of those where people came and left balloons and wreaths and photos.

    One of my favorites was an old, old cemetery in Boston. Just thinking about the people, the lives they led, it is almost like time travel.

  4. Maddie says:

    Hey Cee, I’m enjoying your blogs for my daily humor, and I must say, I like the addition of your pic up in the corner!
    Write on! Maddie

  5. Kris says:

    I like cemeteries too!! What a cool place to see a movie:) i agree with the whole flying around on a broom, blue people etc! Dad’s comments are great…….and so are you! Happy wednesday

  6. barskii says:

    I have never seen any of the little boy witch kid movies or avatar, the last movie I went to was Evan Almighty.
    I was impressed with CARS the movie – and some little spy family movie, oh the Incredibles
    I can watch half of a movie & five years later see the rest and say, Oh that is how it ended ??
    You are a fun person I can tell, snoop doggie style ha ha ha (free snoop)

  7. barskii says:

    it is a tune if that is what you call them, My little niece brought it over to watch, you will love it.
    just put up with the first 15 min
    Your Family & friends sound great and Love you a lot ~ you have the life !!!

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