Walking Tours

Walking Tours

"Hillside & Holy Cross"

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Date: Sunday November 4, 2007
Meeting Place: at the front gates of Hillside.
Cost: FREE

Hillside Cemetery & Mausoleum
6001 Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Holy Cross Cemetery & Mortuary
5835 W Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA

Led by Resident Storytellers, Steve Goldstein and Joe Walker, this tour explores two sacred resting places. Across town in Culver City, the most visible memorial in all the land, the Al Jolson waterfall monument, can be seen daily by tens of thousands of motorists traversing the 405 Freeway.  Most are probably oblivious to the fact that atop this waterfall, under a lavish pagoda, lie the remains of the greatest entertainer of his day, who famously uttered the first spoken words in sound film, in 1927’s ‘The Jazz Singer.’  Welcome to Hillside Memorial Park.  Jolson rests before a large, white mausoleum, which houses many of his contemporaries like George Jessel, Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, David Janssen, Dick Shawn, Lorne Greene, Dinah Shore, and Selma Diamond.  Moe Howard of the Three Stooges, is elsewhere in this park, closer to the freeway, where his close neighbor is gangster Mickey Cohen.

And right around the corner from Hillside is Holy Cross, where Bela Lugosi lies buried in his Dracula cape, directly east of Bing Crosby.  Nearby, Rita Hayworth, Sharon Tate, Scarecrow AND the Tin Man (Ray Bolger and Jack Haley).  Fred MacMurray lies directly beneath John Candy inside the mausoleum.  Mario Lanza’s music sometimes plays as you pass his crypt.  No such luck when you visit Spike Jones.

Steve Goldstein was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he developed his love of cemeteries at a very early age. Moving to Southern California at the age of 18, he continued and studying and began his vast collection of photographs of the graves of what he calls "The Famous, the Infamous, and the Just Plain Dead" that make up his as-yet unpublished book, "Beneath Los Angeles." The collection has become a favorite website for many over the past eight years at and has led to Mr. Goldstein being frequently interviewed, including the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, KABC AM Radio, NPR and many other media venues.

Joe Walker is a Crime Analyst with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and has been with the department since 1986. In that capacity, he has worked numerous patrol stations and special unit assignments, including Robbery and Homicide. In 1995-1996, he assisted best selling author James Ellroy, (L.A. Confidential, Black Dahlia). His most recent work was as a contributing writer to the five volume series, "Famous American Crimes and Trials" published in December, 2004 by Greenwood Publishers. Walker wrote about the 1942 "Sleepy Lagoon" murders in Los Angeles and the subsequent "Zoot Suit." Most recently, he is assisting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the 1957 case of Tommy Bowman.

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