WESTWOOD MEMORIAL PARK
Cemetery and chapel.
Address : 1218 Glendon Avenue, Westwood, Los Angeles, 90024 California.
Founded in 1904, the Pierce Brother's Westwood Memorial was a local quiet cemetery until 1962 (), the year when Marilyn was buried, next to Grace McKee Goddard, her former guardian
() and Ana Lower ().
After her death, the owner of the Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery, Guy Hockett, carried Marilyn's body from her residence to the morgue, on August 5, 1962, at 7.30 AM :
The funeral ceremony, limited to some close relatives, took place on August 8, 1962, in the brand new funeral chapel of Westwood Village.
Pictures inside the chapel
Pictures outside the chapel
Marilyn's simple stony vault is located in the "corridor of memories", memory alley n° 24 :
On the other side, there's a commorative bench, wearing a tablet dedicated to the star, from her fan-clubs
When she was buried, this cemetery was considered as a place of rest rather old-fashioned.
Today, it's one of the most expensive cemetery of the USA; it would cost 22 000$ to become the posthumous neighbor of
Today, it's one of the most expensive cemetery of the USA; it would cost 22 000$ to become the posthumous neighbor ofEve Arden, Jim Backus, Fanny Brice, John Cassavetes, Truman Capote, Will Durant, Eva Gabor, Armand Hammer, Nunnally Johnson, Stan Kenton, Peter Lawford, Irving Lazar, Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, Buddy Rich, Mel Tormé, Josef von Sternberg, Natalie Wood, Darryl Zanuck, Frank Zappa.
The closest vault form Marilyn's one was purchased by Hugh Hefner (founder of Playboy magazine), who would have paid 85 000$ to have the privilege to rest next to Marilyn for eternity.