Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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The burial site of many big name stars, Hollywood Forever is also reported to have some activity. Apparitions come up in photographs, but most notably are the claims of Rudolph Valentino wandering the streets of the city and usually stopping when he reaches his grave site.

(Submitted by Chris)

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Geographic Information

Address:
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
United States

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GPS:
34.0905215, -118.3197265
County:
Los Angeles County, California
Nearest Towns:
Hollywood, CA (0.7 mi.)
West Hollywood, CA (2.4 mi.)
Universal City, CA (3.9 mi.)
Los Angeles, CA (5.1 mi.)
Glendale, CA (5.2 mi.)
North Glendale, CA (5.8 mi.)
Century City, CA (6.1 mi.)
Burbank, CA (6.3 mi.)
Culver City, CA (6.5 mi.)
North Hollywood, CA (6.6 mi.)

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  1. Scott Spencer  |  

    Rudolph Valentino still haunts his former estate, Falcon’s Lair, as well as Hollywood Forever Cemetery (in the Cathedral Mausoleum where he is interred in crypt 1205) because he had unfinished business at the time of his death. He was set to star in a movie called “The Hooded Falcon” to play the part of “El Cid”. This was his obsession. The project fell apart when his wife and fellow Producer of the movie, Natacha Rambova, suddenly left him. This must have been what lead to his perforated ulcer which finally resulted in his death. He died on August 23, 1926 with his dog Kabar (a Great Dane) by his bedside. The story goes that when Valentino’s spirit passed into the Afterlife, the dog began to howl mournfully, as though sensing his masters farewell. Valentino’s body was shipped from New York City back to Hollywood where his emaciated body lay in state for his thousands of fans to view. Ever since his death, a mysterious Lady In Black has made visits to his crypt to leave roses. To this day, no one knows the true identity of the original LIB, though some speculate that it was Valentino’s first wife. Others speculate that it is the ghost of a woman who idolized Valentino as a young girl and became ill. Valentino went to see this girl in the hospital one day, bringing her roses. She told Valentino that she would die soon but he gently rebuked her, saying that she would outlive him. Valentino’s restless ghost has also been seen walking the studio lot of Paramount Studios which is right behind Hollywood Forever. A Security Guard once reported seeing a man of about 30 years of age walking on the studio grounds after the studio was closed. He told the man that the studio was closed, so the man tipped his hat to the guard and walked thru the wall…back into the cemetery.

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