Hollywood Forever is one of the ultimate celebrity cemeteries, and its personality is just as eccentric as Hollywood itself. Pressed up against the back lot of Paramount Pictures (its water tower and facade of New York Street set peek over the back wall), this palm tree oasis in the middle of town is roamed by a flock of peacocks and, in the summer, hosts picnic-style movies and concerts on a patch of empty lawn. The cemetery dates all the way back to 1899 and has been gathering a star-studded population ever since: Rudolph Valentino, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Cecil B. DeMille, Fay Wray, John Huston, and even poor Peg Entwistle, who famous killed herself in 1932 by hurling herself from the H of the Hollywood sign. Douglas Fairbanks' tomb rises extravagantly at the end of its own reflecting pool. More recently, Estelle Getty, George Harrison, Chris Cornell, Mickey Rooney, and Scott Weiland have moved in, and in 2017, Judy Garland arrived from her previous home in New York State, 48 years after her passing, to be closer to her showbiz roots (she's in her own mausoleum on the west side of the 62-acre park).

You'll see a marker for The Wizard of Oz's Toto, but Terry (her real name) isn't there; her Studio City grave was lost when the 101 Freeway was built over it. You'll also find a cenotaph for Hattie McDaniel, but she's not here, either; she wanted to be, but when she died of cancer in 1952, the cemetery was for whites only. After new owners took over, they invited her family to finally move her here, but they decided not to disturb her. (She remains across town at Angelus Rosedale). Tourists are common on these grounds, and so are frequent filming, but be respectful, because this beloved city landmark is still accepting burials so ceremonies are common.

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