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Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Forest Lawn's Great Mausoleum
Established 1906
Location Glendale
Country United States

34°07′30″N 118°14′24″W / 34.125°N 118.240°W / 34.125; -118.240 (Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale)Coordinates: 34°07′30″N 118°14′24″W / 34.125°N 118.240°W / 34.125; -118.240 (Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale){{#coordinates:34.125|-118.240||||||| |primary |name=Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale

Type Public
Owned by Forest Lawn Group
Number of interments 250,000+
Website Forest
Find a Grave Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)

Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a privately owned cemetery in Glendale, California. It is the original location of Forest Lawn, a chain of cemeteries in Southern California.


Forest Lawn was founded in 1906 as a not-for-profit cemetery by a group of businessmen from San Francisco. Dr. Hubert Eaton and C. B. Sims entered into a sales contract with the cemetery in 1912. Eaton took over the management of the cemetery in 1917 and is credited as being the "Founder" of Forest Lawn for his innovations of establishing the "memorial park plan" (eliminating upright grave markers) and being the first to open a funeral home on dedicated cemetery grounds. Eaton was a firm believer in a joyous life after death. He was convinced that most cemeteries were "unsightly, depressing stoneyards" and pledged to create one that would reflect his optimistic, Christian beliefs, "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, and ... memorial architecture." A number of plaques which state Eaton's intentions are signed "The Builder." Frederick Llewellyn, Eaton's nephew, became CEO of Forest Lawn in 1966. In 1987 he was succeeded by his son, John Llewellyn, who is the current Chairman of Forest Lawn.[1]

Most of its burial sections have evocative names, including Eventide, Babyland (for infants, shaped like a heart), Graceland, Inspiration Slope, Slumberland (for children and adolescents), Sweet Memories, Vesperland, Borderland (on the edge of the cemetery), and Dawn of Tomorrow.

For many decades the cemetery refused black, Jewish, and Chinese burials.[2]

Forest Lawn Museum

The Forest Lawn Museum at Glendale was founded in 1957 and displays art, artifacts and also regularly hosts rotating fine art exhibits. The museum has hosted solo exhibitions for Henri Matisse, Winslow Homer, Ian Hornak,[3] Goya, Rembrandt, Marc Davis and Reuben Nakian[4] among many others.[citation needed] The objects in Forest Lawn's permanent collection represent specific locations and peoples from around the world. There are sections for India, Africa, the Middle East, East and Southeast Asia, the United States, South America, Australia and Europe. Perhaps the most famous object owned by Forest Lawn's permanent collection is William Bouguereau's 84x60 inch, oil on canvas painting, "Song of the Angels" created in 1881 and regarded as one of the most important examples of Bouguereau's work in the United States. The permanent collection also includes one of the largest and most well respected stained glass collections in North America with over 1000 pieces primarily from France and Germany dating from 1200 a.d. through present. The stained glass collection includes portions of William Randolph Hearst's former collection and owns the work of Albrecht Dürer and Viet Hirsvogel the Elder. The Museum also houses Western bronze sculptures, American historical artifacts, paintings, actual examples of every coin mentioned in the Bible, exact replicas of the British crown jewels, world cultural artifacts and one of the Easter Island statues, rescued from the bottom of a boat where it was used as ballast. It is named "Henry".

Statuary and art

The six Forest Lawn cemeteries contain about 1,500 statues, about 10% of which are reproductions of famous works of art, in various locations. Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper has been recreated in stained glass in the Memorial Court of Honor ‘in vibrant, glowing and indestructible colors.’ There are also a number of full-sized reproductions of other Renaissance sculptures, including Michelangelo's David and Moses. This cemetery is the only place in the world containing a complete collection of replica Michelangelo sculptures, which were made from castings taken from the originals and using marble from the same quarries in Carrara, Italy as used by Michelangelo.

Some of the inspiration at Forest Lawn is patriotic rather than pious, such as the Court of Freedom, with its large mosaic of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and a Script error: No such module "convert".-high statue of George Washington. On display in the "Hall of the Crucifixion" is the panoramic painting by the Polish artist Jan Styka entitled "The Crucifixion." It is the largest permanently mounted religious painting in the world, measuring Script error: No such module "convert". in length by Script error: No such module "convert". in height. The main gates of Forest Lawn – Glendale are claimed to be the world's largest wrought-iron gates.[citation needed]


Forest Lawn has three non-denominational chapels: "The Little Church of the Flowers", "The Wee Kirk o’ the Heather" and "The Church of the Recessional", which are all exact replicas of famous European churches. Over 60,000 people have actually been married here, including Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman.

More than 250,000 people are buried at Forest Lawn, and over a million people visit it each year, including thousands of schoolchildren on field trips.

The Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery is a second park solely dedicated to the preservation of American history.

Forest Lawn's Script error: No such module "convert". of intensely landscaped grounds and thematic sculptures were the inspiration for the biting commentary of Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel The Loved One and Jessica Mitford's acerbic The American Way of Death. Many commentators have considered Forest Lawn to be a unique American creation, and perhaps a uniquely maudlin Los Angeles creation, with its "theme park" approach to death.

Great Mausoleum

The Great Mausoleum was fashioned after Campo Santo in Genoa, Italy and contains many of the most highly sought after interment places within Forest Lawn, Glendale. Within the portion of the Great Mausoleum accessible to the public is the Court of Honor where individuals are inducted as "Immortals" by Forest Lawn's Council of Regents. The rest of the structure is protected by guards and is closed to the public. Time magazine described it as the "New World's Westminster Abbey". In 2009 the cemetery became the focus of intense media interest surrounding the private interment of Michael Jackson in the privacy of Holly Terrace in the Great Mausoleum.[5][6][7][8]

Notable interments

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Crypt marker of Rex Bell and Clara Bow



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Crypt of Dorothy Dandridge
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Walt Disney's garden and crypt



Crypt of Larry Fine
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Grave of Errol Flynn


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Sid Grauman's alcove in the Great Mausoleum


Ian Hornak's tablet in the Great Mausoleum












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Grave of Jimmy Stewart


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Grave of Spencer Tracy




See also


  1. ^ Llewellyn, John (1998). A Cemetery Should Be Forever, p. xviii. Tropico Books, Glendale. ISBN 0-9665801-2-5.
  2. ^ Ehrenreich, Ben (1 November 2010). "The End. - Features". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Poundstone, William (18 June 2012). "Ian Hornak at Forest Lawn". Blouinartinfo. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Around Town". Glendale News-Press. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "In a Private Service, Last Goodbyes for Jackson". The New York Times. September 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Michael Jackson tomb remains a mystery". The Associated Press. September 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Michael Jackson - No one is forgetting". TMZ. November 8, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Michael Jackson’s Family Drops Extra Security At His Tomb". Radar Online. March 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ FindAGrave: Burton E. Green
  10. ^ Barnes, Mike (2009-09-10). "Casting director Caro Jones dies". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-09-20. [dead link]

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