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by wanderer 2005
August 8, 2005
Names like Walter Matthau, Dean Martin, Jack Lemmon, Rodney Dangerfield, Frank Zappa, and the cemetery’s most famous resident, Marilyn Monroe, soak up the sunshine at this wonderful park. Hugh Hefner of Playboy fame has reserved the crypt next to Marilyn's for when he passes on.
Some people think it’s morbid to visit a graveyard, but where else can you reflect and pay your respects to your favorite stars? Westwood Memorial Village is located in between the high-rise buildings of Hollywood. There is parking across the street from the park and admission is free. Every August 2nd, there is a memorial service for Marilyn Monroe that attracts a pretty large crowd. Try to avoid that day as there is no parking and the place is a zoo--you won’t even be able to get near her stone.
On any given day, you can visit this legendary cemetery and see a plethora of Hollywood’s greatest. It’s a very small, intimate and quiet place. Cameras are allowed and the grounds staff is very friendly and helpful. You can get a map of the grounds at www.seeing-stars.com/Maps/PierceBrosMap.shtml.
It is a little tricky to find, as there is only one way to get to it. The only access is from the east side of Glendon Avenue, up a small driveway between the pink-stone skyscraper on the southeast corner of Glendon & Wilshire and the parking garage just south of that skyscraper.
From Rodeo Drive, take Wilshire Boulevard west (about two and a half miles) to Glendon Avenue (which is one block before Westwood Boulevard), and turn left on Glendon. Then immediately turn left up the driveway, and then turn right again into the gates of the small cemetery. If you look carefully, you will spot a small, square pink-stone sign off Glendon reading "Pierce Bros Westwood Village Memorial Park.
Stop and pick up a couple roses from a nearby Circle K and leave them at your idol’s headstone.
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March 7, 2001
From journal In and around L.A.