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Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills
View from Griffith Park
Details
Established1906 by Hubert L. Eaton
New cemetery opened in 1952
Location
Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates34°08′42″N 118°19′12″W / 34.145°N 118.320°W / 34.145; -118.320Coordinates: 34°08′42″N 118°19′12″W / 34.145°N 118.320°W / 34.145; -118.320
TypePublic
Owned byForest Lawn
No. of graves119,216
Websiteforestlawn.com/hollywood-hills
Find a GraveForest 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.

History

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".[1]

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills is the second oldest of the Forest Lawn cemetery property chains.[2]

Features

The park features such sights as:

Court of Liberty

A section of the Birth of Liberty mosaic
A section of the Birth of Liberty mosaic

Lincoln Terrace

Plaza of Mesoamerican Heritage

Aztec calendar replica in the plaza
Aztec calendar replica in the plaza

The Plaza of Mesoamerican Heritage has indigenous[clarification needed] by Meliton Salas Rodriguez, of Guadalajara, Mexico. Salas used hand tools to first quarry, then work, the native Mexican stone into precisely scaled, detailed replicas of artwork and artifacts that are representative of the Aztec, Huastec, Maya, Mixtec, Olmec, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Totonac, and Zapotec civilizations that preceded modern Mexican culture and are in contrast to the Christian and patriotic American themes which were originally reflective of the culture at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills and other Forest Lawn Memorial Parks since their inception by Christian American businessman Hubert L. Eaton. A smooth Olmecan head, an intricate Aztec sun calendar and a sinuous Teotihuacan bas relief are some of the sculptural features of the plaza that are set off by crushed stone walkways and complemented by groupings of Mesoamerican plants. This entire display has been removed and placed in storage.

Sections

Within Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, it is subdivided into sections. This is a partial list of section names with its corresponding street name.[3]

Notable interments

Main article: List of interments at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)

Many prominent people, especially from the entertainment industry, are interred there.

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Builder's Creed", March 2009[full citation needed]
  2. ^ a b c "Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills". bayercemeterybrokers.com. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  3. ^ "Map of Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills". findagrave.com. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  4. ^ Daily Advocate, October 2, 1914 Page 6