Exhibit Photo 991 - Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries Entrance
The final resting place of Walter Elias Disney. Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries is located in Glendale, California and is a place that must be seen to be believed! The park's sheer size is overwhelming, a seemingly endless vista of rolling green hills; over 300 acres dotted with white sculptures and quaint English chapels and it is unique. Unlike any other cemetery, Forest Lawn attracts over a million visitors per year.Over 60,000 people have actually been married there. Why? Well... Forest Lawn isn't your ordinary run-of-the-mill cemetery. Far more than just a memorial park, it's also a museum, an art gallery, an architectural showcase, a Hollywood tourist trap, and a religious retreat.Forest Lawn was born in 1917 when Dr Hubert Eaton, a firm believer in a joyous life after death, became convinced that most current cemeteries were "unsightly, depressing stone yards", and pledged to create one that would reflect his optimistic beliefs, "a cemetery that would be unlike any other cemetery, as sunlight is unlike darkness, as eternal life is unlike death."Forest Lawn was designed to captivate visitors, and it does so quite well. No other cemetery can match the sheer number of superstars that you'll find buried here at Forest Lawn Glendale. They include:- George Burns and Gracie Allen, W.C. Fields, Tom Mix, Sammy Davis Jr, Red Skelton, Robert Young, Lon Chaney, Ethel Waters, Alan Ladd, Dick Powell, Robert Taylor, Wallace Beery, Ted Knight, Sam Cooke, Joe E. Brown, Sydney Greenstreet, Nat King Cole, Jack Oakie, Ed Wynn, Jack Carson, Norma Shearer, Chico Marx, Dorothy Dandridge, Robert Cummings, Sid Grauman, Dan Daily, William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), Marie Dressler (Tugboat Annie), Irving Thalberg, Casey Stengel, Larry Fine, Aimee Semple McPherson, Edward Everett Horton and Jean Hersholt. Plus authors:- Louis L'Amour, Theodore Dreiser and L. Frank Baum.But there's a catch. (Isn't there always?) Because of the sheer size of the park, sightseeing here for the casual visitor interested in visiting their favourite stars' grave can be an exercise in frustration. The grounds are so enormous that finding any particular grave without a map is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. To get an idea of just how large this Glendale park is, consider that over a quarter of a million people have been buried here. Even with a map, trying to locate a star's grave here can be difficult. Also to make matters worse, for some reason the cemetery refuses to give out any advice or directions when it comes to locating celebrities.Forest Lawn certainly does not encourage sightseeing by movie fans. In fact, they can be downright hostile at times. I actually saw a female employee at the entrance to the Great Mausoleum confiscate a visitor's copy of a reference book about stars' graves! Worse, many of the stars' tombs here at Forest Lawn Glendale are private or semi-private. Some, such as Bogart's and Pickford's, are hidden away in private gardens, behind locked walls, with no possible entry for the public. Others, such as Gable and Lombard's crypts, are supposed to be off-limits to the public, but are located in hallways which can be easily reached by anyone willing to simply bypass a chain rope. Let me make it clear that I don't recommend this tactic though; it could be considered trespassing by some overzealous employee and might get you arrested! The park's aversion to loyal fans who wish to visit the final resting place of their favourite star is particularly surprising coming from a cemetery that is often the butt of jokes for its own flamboyant style, and while their intentions may be noble, in my opinion, Forest Lawn's "no-tell" policy is a true disservice to the memory of the celebrities buried here. Most of these actors toiled all of their lives to be famous, to become something special, to earn the love and admiration of the public. Yet Forest Lawn's restrictive policy means that in death, these immortal stars simply disappear into a vast, anonymous sea of gravestones!