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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor - Forest Lawn Cemetery to the Stars

Michael Jackson Tomb in Great Mausoleum

MGM boasted we have more star's than there are in the heavens.  Forest Lawn has a boasting of a different kind, there are more stars buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park than any other place in the world.  Forest lawn is 300 acres of rolling hills, sculptures, English chapels, water features complete with swans.  Forest Lawn is a tourist attraction all its own.  Forest Lawn is the final resting place of Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Jean Harlow, Humphrey Bogart, Mary Pickford, Spencer Tracy, Lon Chaney, Sammy Davis Jr., W.C. Fields, L.Frank Baum, Walt Disney, Michael Jackson, and now Elizabeth Taylor to name a few.

Forest Lawn does not encourage sightseeing by movie fans.  Forest Lawn makes no bones (no pun intended) about conveying a sightseer beware message.  Due to the sheer size of the memorial park it can be very difficult to locate a grave site.  Forest Lawn has a strict policy of not assisting or giving out directions to celebrity graves to sightseeing visitors.  Many of the stars tombs at Forest Lawn are behind lock gates or in restricted access mausoleums.  These private locations are monitored by staff and cameras.

The Great Mausoleum where Michael Jackson is entombed has limited public access.  Much of the Mausoleum is restricted to family members or crypt owners.  There are many accounts that if you do not follow the rules of restricted access while at Forest Lawn you will be asked to leave at least and charged with trespassing at most.

Many argue which I too agree, that Forest Lawn's restrictive no tell policy is a dis-service to the memory of many of the great stars who graced the silver screen.  It is Hollywood irony that individuals striving for a life of fame and public admiration end up hidden anonymously away in death.

Some media outlets are reporting Taylor will be entombed in the Great Mausoleum the same building where Michael Jackson is.

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