Hollywood Forever Cemetery
First founded in 1899, Hollywood Forever Cemetery was originally called Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery and is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles. Many important and famous people are buried there and it regularly hosts a variety of events. In 2011 it became a co-producer of the American silent movie ‘Silent Life’ which is based on the story of Rudolph Valentino who is interred there.
The cemetery was bought in 1939 by Jules Roth who was a convicted felon and the money he gained from its use paid for a lavish lifestyle. However little was ploughed back into the cemetery itself and it fell into disrepair. He became bankrupt in the late 90’s and when he died in 1998 the cemeteries license was revoked and it was no longer able to sell plots.
During the bankruptcy proceedings it was bought by Tyler and Brent Cassity of a Missouri funeral home and they renamed it Hollywood Forever. The began repairing and restoring it and invested millions to do so.
In 2010 Tyler Cassity was involved in a lawsuit for fraud which supposedly cos customers around $600m and the trial is expected to begin in 2012. You will find many celebrity graves situated at Hollywood Forever in our Celebrity Graves section.
Photos submitted by Andrew J McGregor