View from Griffith Park
|Established||1906 by Hubert L. Eaton|
New cemetery opened in 1952
|Owned by||Forest Lawn|
|No. of graves||119,216|
|Find a Grave||Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills|
Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills is one of the six Forest Lawn cemeteries in Southern California. It is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, California 90068, in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is on the lower north slope at the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains range that overlooks North Hollywood, Universal City, and Burbank, and the overall San Fernando Valley area of north view Los Angeles.
Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills is a park dedicated to the preservation of American history and hosts high-profile events such as an annual Veterans Day ceremony attended by dignitaries and other VIPs. Los Angeles Magazine described it as a "theme-park necropolis", paraphrasing Jessica Mitford, indicating "Forest Lawn's kitsch was just a sophisticated strategy for lubricating the checkbooks of the grieved."
The park features such sights as:
This entire display has been removed and is currently in storage.
The first Forest Lawn, in Glendale, was founded in 1906 by businessmen who hired Dr. Hubert Eaton, a firm believer in a joyous life after death. He believed that most cemeteries were "unsightly, depressing stoneyards," and pledged to create one that would reflect his optimistic beliefs and be "As Unlike Other Cemeteries As Sunshine Is Unlike Darkness." He envisioned Forest Lawn to be "A Great Park Devoid Of Misshapen Monuments And Other Signs Of Earthly Death, But Filled With Towering Trees, Sweeping Lawns, Splashing Fountains, Beautiful Statuary, Cheerful Flowers, Noble Memorial Architecture With Interiors Full Of Light And Color, And Redolent Of The World's Best History And Romances.".
Mammoth Film Plant - opens in 1912, first western movie location in the San Fernando Valley. Bison Films Band - for Universal Program :aka Universal Ranch, Oak Crest ranch, Universal City 1912 to 1914 on the Providencia Ranch land.
Many prominent people, especially from the entertainment industry, are interred there.