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FAMOUS GRAVE TOUR – Hollywood Forever #4 (Barbara La Marr, Ford Sterling, etc.)

Welcome to Hollywood Graveyard, where we
set out to remember and celebrate the lives of those who lived to entertain us,
by visiting their final resting places. Today we head back to Hollywood Forever
Cemetery, to find such stars as Barbara La Marr, Ford Sterling, Renee Adoree, and
many more. Join us, won’t you? Last year we toured Hollywood Forever,
the cemetery with as much character as many of the stars who rest here. Today
we’re heading back there to visit some stars we missed the first time around. If
you haven’t done so already be sure to check out our original three-part tour of
Hollywood Forever. We’ll begin our tour back at the chapel,
by way of the colonnade, which is on the west side of the chapel. Just as you
enter the colonnade, on the left, is the niche of Elmo Lincoln. His marker is hard
to read but as it says, Lincoln was the first actor to play Tarzan on screen (the
adult Tarzan to be accurate). The burly actor initiated the role in Hollywood’s
first Tarzan film, Tarzan of the Apes in 1918. The film was a tremendous success
and he would reprise the role of the apeman in The Romance of Tarzan, and in
the 1921 serial of The Adventures of Tarzan. After Tarzan, Lincoln can be seen mainly
in bit parts and uncredited roles. Across from Lincoln, low on the wall, is Ford Sterling. Before Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, there was Ford Sterling, one
of the most popular screen comedians of very early Hollywood. He was a major
player at Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studios, one of the great comedy studios
of the silent era. There he was known as the original chief of the bumbling
Keystone Cops. At Keystone he would perform alongside other silent legends,
like Fatty Arbuckle, Charlie Chaplin, and Mabel Normand, as the villain in one of
the Keystone’s most iconic films, Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life. He performed
in nearly 300 productions before dying of a heart attack at the age of 55. Further down this corridor, on the left, is the niche of Viola Dana. She too was a
silent film star who made her screen debut in 1910 for Edison in A Christmas
Carol. Among her 100-plus films are Bred in Old Kentucky, and Two Sisters. Aside from a few bit parts in the years to follow
Viola retired from the screen in 1929. She lived to be 90. Let’s head now into the chapel. In the first column on the right we find
the niche of cinematographer Gregg Toland. He’s best remembered, as you may
have guessed, for his camera work on Citizen Kane, considered one of the great
achievements in cinematography of the era. In fact so vital was the role that
Toland played in the production of the film that director Orson Welles shared a
title card with him. Other films include William Wyler’s The Best Years of our
Lives, and Wuthering Heights, which won him an
Oscar. Toland is considered one of the most influential cinematographers in
film history. Right next to Toland is a famous parent. William Gable who was
Clark Gable’s father. Sorry this one’s also a little hard to read. Across the room, low on the south wall, we find the niche of Agnes Ayres. She was a silent
film star best remembered today for starring alongside Rudolph Valentino in
his career defining role, the Sheik, in 1921. She would reprise the role five years
later in The Son of the Sheik. She was also one of Cecil B DeMille early stars,
in films like Forbidden Fruit. When her career began to wane in the late 20s she
decided to retire from the screen. She attempted a comeback in the late 30s, but
it wasn’t to be. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 42. Let’s head up now to the second level. Right at the top of the stairs, on the left, is the niche of Charlotte Bridgwood. She was a stage actress, performing under the name Lotta Lawrence, and was the mother of the first movie star, Florence Lawrence, who
is buried nearby. And get this: in addition to being actresses, Charlotte
and her daughter Florence were both automotive enthusiasts and inventors.
Charlotte is credited with inventing the automatic windshield wiper, and Florence
with developing turn and brake signals on cars. To the right, in the second
column, we find Rozz Williams. He was a pioneer of American gothic rock and
death rock, forming the band Christian Death in 1979 when he was only 16, a band
that paved the way for future artists like Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson.
After leaving Christian Death, Williams would perform with Shadow Project, and
Premature Ejaculation, as well as solo work. On April 1st 1998, Williams
committed suicide by hanging himself in his apartment. He was 34. His ashes were
scattered at Runyon Canyon Park, and then a memorial was established here. His
fascination with the number 1334 is evident here, the number inscribed on his
urn, and here, the lyrics to his song December 30th 1334. [Music] Also displayed is an original
piece of collage art by Williams. Across the room, next to the window, is the niche
of Jesse Lasky Jr. He was a screenwriter and, as you may have surmised, the son of
Jesse Lasky, co-founder of paramount and producer of hollow his first feature
film in 1914. Lasky Jr. is best known for writing the screenplays for Cecil
B. DeMille’s biblical epics, Samson and Delilah, and the Ten Commandments. Also
here is Lasky’s sister, Betty. She was an author and film historian who wrote
about RKO Pictures. Further along this wall, right next to Ann
Sheridan, is another writer, Madeline Pugh Davis. She was co-writer
and co-creator of I Love Lucy, known as the girl writer in an industry heavily
dominated by men. With writing partner Bob Carroll Jr. she began writing for
Lucille Ball’s radio show, and for Ball and Desi Arnaz on vaudeville. Then came I
Love Lucy, one of the most beloved sitcoms in television history. It’s no exaggeration to say that the
success of the show with a female lead is owed in part to the fact that it had a
girl writer. Madelyn wrote for Lucy spin-offs too – including The Lucy Show,
Here’s Lucy, etc. Her memoir is titled “Laughing with Lucy.” Let’s make our way
back outside, but before we exit there’s one more stop at the entrance of the
colonnade. Low, just left of the door, is Hobart J. Whitley. He was a real estate
and land developer in early Southern California, known as the Father of
Hollywood, for his development of Hollywood, the building of the Hollywood
Hotel, inspiring the creation of the Hollywood Sign, and urging filmmakers
like David Horsley to make movies in Hollywood.
He’s also the namesake for the swanky Whitley Heights development in Hollywood,
home to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars from Barbara La Marr to Rudolph
Valentino. There are, however, conflicting stories
out there as to who exactly came up with the name “Hollywood,” and how. If you saw
part two of our original tour you’ll recall that Daeida Wilcox suggested the
name Hollywood to her husband, landowner Harvey Wilcox, who officially recorded
the name on the lands deed in 1887. The story goes that she either heard the
name from a fellow train passenger on the way to Ohio, or she took the name
from the California Holly that grew on the land. After the death of Harvey,
Daeida continued to play a significant role in the development of the town, earning
her the moniker the Mother of Hollywood. But the Whitley’s tell a different,
slightly more fanciful tale of the origin of the town’s name. According to
one account from a journal entry, HJ Whitley, on his honeymoon with his new
bride, Gigi, stood atop the Hollywood Hills looking out over the undeveloped
land below and had a vision of a spectacular new town. Along came a lone
Chinese man singing in his native tongue. Whitley asked the man, “What are you doing?” to which the Chinese man replied, with a thick accent, “I holly wood,” meaning
“hauling wood.” Then in there will Whitley decided that Hollywood would be the name of his new town. But the cited journal entry, written in
third person rather than first person, reads more like a fictional narrative
than a diary, and is the sole source of this claim.
So which is it? Well… greater
historical minds than my own will have to conclude just who it was that
actually named Hollywood. Back outside at the mausoleum, the first corridor is the Sanctuary of Memories. Here we find the Peruvian songbird, Yma Sumac. The exotic singer, who rose to popularity in the 50s, was renowned for her vocal range
of four and a half octaves – from deep and dark to high and bird-like. [music] Let’s make
our way to the main entrance of the Abbey of the Psalms. On the left, just
past the entrance, we find the crypt of Renee Adoree. She was born in France and
from a young age joined her parents performing in the circus. By her teens
she was performing on stage and in the 20s began making films in New York and
Hollywood. Her breakout role was alongside John Gilbert in 1925s The Big
Parade, one of the great films of the silent era. Her career was cut short
after contracting tuberculosis in 1930, dying a few years later at the age of 35. Further in, on the right wall of the
rotunda niches, we find actress Kathleen Freeman. She was an actress of stage and
screen, often playing eccentric secretaries, teachers, nurses, and nuns, as
in sister Mary stigmata in the Blues Brothers. “It saddens and hurts me that
the two young men whom I raised to believe in the Ten Commandments have
returned to me as two thieves with filthy mouths and bad attitudes. Get out,
and don’t come back until you’ve redeemed yourselves.” She was also the voice of Peg Bundy’s
mom on Married, with Children. On stage she earned a Tony nomination for her
role in the Broadway version of The Full Monty. Halfway down the Sanctuary of
Memories, on the left, is the crypt of Iron Eyes Cody. He was known as The
Crying Indian for his role in the iconic anti-littering commercials of the 70s. “People start pollution…
people can stop it.” But long before that he was playing
Native Americans in hundreds of film and television roles. Late in life his
half-sister revealed that he was not of Native American ancestry, but rather of
Italian descent – a claim he denied. But the truth is that early in life Cody had
been introduced to and drawn to Native American culture. In the 30s he married a
Native American woman and adopted two children. Native or not
Cody worked hard much of his life to promote and support the causes of his
adopted culture. Back outside let’s make our way all the way down to the end of
the Corridor of Light. At the bottom, on the right is Vito Scotti. He was an Italian American character actor who played Nazorine in the Godfather, and
voiced Peppo the Italian cat in the Aristocats.
He also made guest appearances in TV shows like Gilligan’s Island, The Flying
Nun, and Columbo. And like a true Italian he was fond of cooking, and became highly
regarded as a chef. Let’s make our way toward the east side of the cemetery, and stop at this pathway on the left. If we follow this pathway all the way to the
fountain we find the niche of Andrew Koenig. He was an actor known for playing
Mike Sever’s friend “Boner” on the 80s sitcom, Growing Pains. He also lent his
voice to the GI Joe animated series. He began working behind the scenes as well,
writing and directing a number of short films and producing the podcast, Never
Not Funny. In 2010 Koenig opted to take his own life, hanging himself from a tree
in a Vancouver park at the age of 41. Walter Koenig, who played Chekov on the
original Star Trek, is his father. Continuing east
let’s stop just before the mausoleum at the Toto monument. In between these two
buildings we reach a staircase where we’ll find the crypt of Woody Herman. He
was a clarinetist and saxophonist who became one of the most popular big-band
leaders of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. One of his band’s early hits was “Woodchopper’s
Ball” in 1939. Still further east, just before the Cathedral Mausoleum, is the unmistakable crypt of Oleg Vidov, an actor known as the Soviet Robert
Redford for his chiseled good looks and screen presence. He found great success
in Russian TV and cinema until communist aggressions drove him to defect to the
US where he attained political asylum and continued his career in Hollywood,
seen in films like Wild Orchid. Into the cathedral mausoleum we now go.
Taking the second left then second right, at the end, we find the crypt of Barbara
La Marr, the actress dubbed ‘the girl who was too beautiful.’ From a young age
La Marr was on stage in vaudeville and burlesque, but got her start in Hollywood
actually writing scenarios and screenplays. She was reportedly
approached by Mary Pickford, who embraced her and said, “My dear, you were too
beautiful to be behind a camera, your vibrant magnetism should be shared by
film audiences.” And so a star was born. She had roles alongside Douglas
Fairbanks in The Nut, and The Three Musketeers, and alongside Ramon Navarro
in The Prisoner of Zenda. But her excessive partying, alcohol abuse,
and very little sleep ravaged her health. After contracting tuberculosis she
collapsed on set and slipped into a coma. She was later diagnosed with nephritis,
and two died in 1926 at the age of 29. Her name inspired a future raven-haired
beauty, Hedy Lamarr. Heading to the wall of niches just outside this corridor, below David White who we visited in part 2, is the niche of Rick Jason. He was an
actor best remembered for his role as Lieutenant Hanley in the 60s TV series,
Combat! As a veteran of World War II he was perfectly suited for the role. He
died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 77. At the opposite end of
the mausoleum, high on the wall above the Alcove of Reverence, is the niche of
Celia Lovsky. She was an actress and wife of actor Peter Lorre. Celia helped
launch Lorre’s career by bringing him to the attention of Fritz Lang, who cast
him in his breakout role in M. After their divorce in 1945 Celia started
taking roles in American film and TV programs, films like Soylent Green and
appearances on shows like Dragnet, and on Star Trek, playing the leader of Vulcan.
She was the very first to give the Vulcan salute.
Apparently the salute was a bit of a challenge for her, so she had to position
her fingers with both hands off-screen. The niche of her husband Peter Lorre is
several spaces below her. Back outside, across the street next to a
small family mausoleum, is the grave of Ern Westmore. He was son of Hollywood
makeup pioneer, George Westmore, and part of the Westmore dynasty of makeup
artists, along with several brothers, including Bud Westmore who we visited at
Valhalla. Ern worked at studios like Warner Brothers and RKO, in films like
Blood on the Sun. He also had his own TV show featuring makeup tips and beauty
suggestions for women in the 50s. Following the road around east we
arrive at a wall of niches on the right. Here we find Holly Woodlawn. She was a
transgender actress, seen in the Paul Morrissey films, Trash, and Women in
Revolt. She was also one of Andy Warhol’s superstars. Born Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl, she changed her name to Holly Woodlawn as a teen, and
hitchhiked her way from Florida to New York, just as Lou Reed described in “Walk on the Wild SIde.” [music] Northeast of the lake and across the
street to the right is section 2. Here lies DEF Records, laid to rest in 1993
by founder and record producer Rick Rubin. When rubin decided to change the
name of the company from DEF to American Recordings, he held a bonafide
funeral for DEF, presided over by Reverend Al Sharpton. They filled the
casket with flowers, record albums, and other mementos from the record company. Rest in peace, DEF. Back across the street toward the lake, near the Jayne Mansfield Cenotaph, we find a woman who wore the mantle of
The Lady in Black, Anna Maria de Carrascosa. On the anniversary of the death of Rudolph
Valentino in 1926, and every year since, an enigmatic woman dressed all in black,
her face shrouded in a veil, has appeared at the crypt of Valentino, to mourn the
Sheik and offer roses. One of the copycat ladies in black claimed that her mother,
Ana Maria, was the original lady in black. However, another has laid claim to being
the original: one miss Ditra Flame, who Valentino had befriended and visited in
the hospital when she was sick, Valentino reportedly telling her, “You were going to
live for many more years. But one thing for sure if I die before you do, please
come stay by me because I don’t want to be alone.” And so she did. But as the
legend of the lady in black grew, so too did the number of copycats and those who
claimed to be the original. It’s unlikely, though, that Ana Maria was the original. Northwest of here just past Dee Dee Ramone, we find the grave of Bianca
Halstead, also known as Bianca Butthole. She was a rock musician, singer, and bass
player for the bands Betty Blowtorch and Butt Trumpet. After a show in New Orleans
in 2001 Bianca accepted a ride from a drunk driver. Their speeding car spun
into oncoming traffic and Bianca was killed in the accident. She was just 36. Across the street to the west is a giant
obelisk which marks the grave of a man whose last name is also his first name:
Griffith Griffith. He amassed a fortune from a mining syndicate and donated land
to Los Angeles that would become Griffith Park, which is where the
Hollywood sign is located. He also bequeathed the money for
Griffith Observatory, and insisted that admission to the observatory be free,
which it remains to this day. Griffith marred his legacy, however, when
he shot and attempted to kill his wife. She survived, and Griffith spent two
years in prison for the crime. Southwest across the street, nearly
hidden under a tall cypress tree, is the grave of Adolphe Menjou, the suave and
impeccably tailored American actor whose style of mustache now bears his name: the
Menjou mustache – which is far more sophisticated than the Arthur Dark beard. His career began in the silent era in films like The Three Musketeers, and The
Sheik, quickly establishing himself as the well-dressed man about town. In the
sound era he received an Oscar nomination for his role in The Front
Page. Menjou was married to actress Verree Teasdale, who performed in 29 films in
the 20s to the 40’s, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Finally let’s head back around to the
entrance to remember one of the music world’s greatest legends: George Harrison.
He was a guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of the Beatles – one of
the most popular and best-selling rock bands of all time, helping define the
sound and culture of the 60s. After his death in 2001 Harrison was cremated here
at Hollywood Forever. Then, in accordance with Hindu tradition that he observed, his ashes were scattered on the Ganges River in India. And that concludes our tour.
What are some of your favorite memories of the stars we visited today?
Share them in the comments below, and be sure to like, share, and subscribe for
more famous grave tours. Thanks for watching, we’ll see you on the
next one! No visit to Hollywood forever would be
complete without stopping to say hello to our animal friends. The turtles weren’t too thrilled to see
me… except that guy, he was cool.


  1. starquant Author

    These departed souls remain forever young, while the rest of us just grow old disgracefully..☠ ⚰ ☠ ☠😇. Thank you for all your hard work on these videos .

  2. Iain Marchbank Author

    Big fan of your videos so much I am saving up to come over from the UK to visit some of these places. Your videos are very informative and very respectful. Keep up the good work.

  3. Liberty GiveMe Author

    Hobart Whitley, the Father of Hollywood. VERY INTERESTING!!!! Some say that 'Hollywood' is named after the wood that 'Witches' use for their wands!!!! It is from the Holly Tree.

  4. Brittany Rozenberg Hollander Author

    Hey Arthur Dark . Wilcox who had purchased 120 acres on February 1, 1887. It wasn't until August 1887 Wilcox decided to use that name and filed with the Los Angeles County Recorder's office on a deed and parcel map of the property. The early real-estate boom busted at the end of that year

    Harvey Henderson Wilcox (1832 – March 19, 1891) owned a ranch west of the city of Los Angeles, which his wife Daeida named Hollywood, and that they founded together in 1887. Hollywood became the center of the movie industry of the United States in the early 1910s

    I hope this helps to answer your question on the history of HollyWood and I hope you don't mind me sharing this information with you and your subscribers

  5. Lou Lou Author

    Please, can you refrain from the saying "commited" suicide? It adds a stigma to those who have died by suicide as it denotes that they have "commited" a sin and/or crime. People die by suicide, or completed suicide, they don't "commit" as it is not a crime or unpardonable sin.

  6. rodeo o Author

    wow about Griffith Griffith person,,,,,,,wont be surprised if the me too generations tries to remove his name from Griffith park,,,,,,

  7. Truman Capote Author

    LOVE your videos and especially your voice. Could be happy just hearing you read the phone book. But sometimes you mispronounce certain words. This time you did it several times. The word SHEIK is pronounced SHAKE as in MILK SHAKE or SHAKE SHACK. Looking forward to your next video.

  8. Eric Simpson Author

    Thank you so much! I have just spent the better part of a day binge watching this series. As a lifelong movie buff I learned (or remembered)’so much! You can be my tour guide any time!

  9. Bobbnoxious Author

    New subscriber here, greatly enjoying your tours. Thank you for this addition, although you still missed some serious Hollywood notables. For now I'll mention one for a possible future update: George Loane Tucker (1872-1921), a major movie director of the 1910s. He's buried in the Secret Gardens section, Plot #237; his marker only reads "GLT 1921". While working for Carl Laemmle's new Universal Pictures, Tucker wrote, produced and directed the landmark "Traffic in Souls" (1913). America's first feature-length crime film, it was a purported expose of "white slavery" in Manhattan and proved there was big money to be made in sexploitation. It was such a hit that Laemmle used the profits to buy the land upon which he built his Universal City Studios in Hollywood. Tucker's greatest success was with Paramount's "The Miracle Man" (1919), which gave Lon Chaney his breakout role. You can check out my old bio for Tucker at the Find A Grave website for more info. Cheers, and keep up the great work!

  10. Dee Luxe Author

    Thank you for including Bianca Halstead, she was a treasure and is loved and missed by her friends, fans and especially her family. You are a class act, Sir. Your efforts are so appreciated!

  11. Ramond Ferreal Author

    I remember the "crying Indian" commercials fondly. I had no idea that Iron Eyes Cody was in fact, not Native American at all. I had to do a little research myself to believe it; his birth name was Espera Oscar de Corti, an actor who played native roles before the "crying" role. Kinda brings a tear to my eye.

  12. Sister Spooky Author

    @14:07 Andrew Koenig is actually König in German. It means “King”. It’s pronounced Kernig. Think of the same way the famous Nazi’s Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels names are pronounced. The Umlaut of ö is written oe in English, but sounds like the er sound in word or bird. Hope that helps! 🙂

  13. mzspargo Author

    I know Yma Sumac from when Jinx Monsoon and Detox lip synced for their life to Malambo #1 on Rupauls drag race… good stuff 👍🏾 Any drag race fans in the house?

  14. Lori Buchanan Author

    Thank u for very much for the video! I noticed that the outside graves had no flowers, are you not allowed to put them on the graves?✌️

  15. Bettie Blakey Author

    Thank you again for making day!! I hope your series lasts forever! What a genius you are! I love the way you go in such detail for each of these great people not to mention all the research!! Such respect! Love your voice! Everything!!! Was glad to know what happened to George. He was just as gifted as Paul and John. I always look forward to your videos! Next?

  16. Chuck Wagon Author

    The Beatles were not "one of the best selling bands of all time, they were THE best selling band of all time. Some estimates have them selling close to a billion records!

  17. Jones Lois Author

    I met Holly Woodlawn when she first moved to Hollywood. We were neighbors at the Cherokee apartments, on Delongpre and Cherokkee. She was a naturally funny person. Holly wrote a memoir called, A low life in high heels. At one time Madonna owned the rights to Holly's book for a film she was going to produce. She was playing (rumor has it) Candy Darling. It never happen, yet. Madonna did a tribute to Andy Warhol in her Deeper and deeper video as Edie Sedgewick. Holly was also in the video. Holly had jazz hands when she danced.

  18. erc355 Author

    That’s scary . A band called Christian Dark 😳. That Death . Gothic era . Bs . Is so horrible. And then you commit sucicide . Damn . Really ? Geez 🤢

  19. Sharon Garlick Author

    I could watch your videos all day , they are so interesting and educational interesting to know how they died . I love them and your voice , so calm .Please can you locate Where James Cagney is laid to rest. Thank you

  20. Marcel Audubon Author

    Agnes Ayres really had the pearl clutch mastered!  Beautiful Renée Adorée was friend and frequent costar of Ramon Novarro and filmed her final movie with him, 1930's Call of the Flesh.  Although quite ill during filming, she pushed through, but never completed another movie thereafter and died in 1933 after having spent much of her final years in tuberculosis sanatoriums.

  21. angie B Author

    I happened to stop at Hollywood forever today. And here I am watching all 4 parts of your very educational coverage behind some very talented stars. I truly liked all your videos. Thank you.

  22. Maria E Medina Diaz Author

    Thank you 😊 for telling us all of the stories behind every actor or actresses and movie producers,show producers and all writers.🎙🎙🎙🎙🎥🎥🎥🎥📺📺📺📺📺🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯📹📹📹🎥📽📽📽📽📽📽📠📠📠📠📠🎛📠🎛🎛📺📺📺May they all Rest In Peace.

  23. kpzcbttp Author

    Love your channel. Thank you for posting. My Great Grandfather was Sir Harry Lauder who knew some of the old time movie stars. He is buried in Hamilton my home town in Scotland. Greetings from Scotland.

  24. jade jeffree Author

    So sad how many stars took their own lives or died too young.So cool a transgender lady was loved by Hollywood and the song about her wow!.awesome.


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