10 Reasons To Visit Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Before You're Dead)

No Better Place To Feel Alive Than Dancing With The Dead.

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In the land of bright lights and broken dreams, sooner or later everybody dies. And they're all here at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (HFC).

Founded in 1899, the 60-acre lot is located in the heart of old Hollywood and shares a wall next to Paramount Studios. The facility also features Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum and Masonic Lodge. Movie star icons like Rudolph Valentino and Judy Garland can be found on the expansive, sun-drenched grounds as well as notable behind-the-camera figures, including legendary cinematographer Gregg Toland (Citizen Kane), studio mogul Harry Cohn (Columbia Pictures) and director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon).

And because it's in Hollywood, there's plenty of scandal afoot if you just know where to look. Additionally, HFC hosts live concerts, outdoor screenings of film classics, and continues to provide the setting for a wide range of TV and film productions. Fittingly, The Kills recently used the cemetery for their killer video, "Doing It To Death."

So forget about that lame tourist bus and instead head for the real action -- even though it's totally dead 24/7 (but it's also free!).

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Christopher Warner is an actor and freelance writer. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and websites across multiple genres, including World War Two Quarterly, Portland Monthly, and bootsnall.com