A Celebrity Graveyard: A Hidden Oasis at the Pierce Brothers Memorial Park and Mortuary

Tucked away in Westwood, a Los Angeles suburb near the UCLA campus, lies a hidden oasis - the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary.

This gem, which I randomly discovered while looking at a local map, is located behind office buildings on Wilshire Blvd. I was astonished to find how many celebrities are buried here, including Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Hefner, Natalie Wood, Donna Reed, Jack Lemmon, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison (unmarked), Don Knotts, Eva Gabor, and many others. In addition to being a popular destination for tombstone tourism and celebrity grave hunting, Westwood Village Memorial Park is a peaceful sanctuary in the bustling city of LA.

The cemetery was established in 1905 and was originally called Sunset Cemetery. It was renamed Westwood Village Memorial Park in 1926 after being sold to a group of investors. The park has a traditional, park-like setting with rolling hills and beautiful landscaping, making it a peaceful and serene final resting place.

In addition to its famous residents, Westwood Village Memorial Park is also notable for its architecture and artwork. The cemetery features many mausoleums and monuments, including the beautiful Sanctuary of Love Mausoleum, which houses the crypts of many of the cemetery's most famous residents.

The cemetery is open to the public and visitors are welcome to pay their respects to their loved ones or to visit the gravesites of their favorite celebrities. The park is a popular destination for tourists and history buffs, and guided tours are available to provide visitors with a more in-depth look at the cemetery's history and notable residents.

If you ever find yourself in Westwood, be sure to check out this place and pay your respects to Marilyn and countless others!