Walking Tours

Walking Tours

"Hollywood Forever "

Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Date: November 1, 2008
Meeting Place: at the front gates of Hollywood Forever.
Location: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038
Cost: Free but reservations are required by calling 213-229-8890.

Tucked between Paramount Studios and the auto repair shops and bodega markets along Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood Forever (formerly Hollywood Memorial Park) holds more history per square foot than an archeological dig in Babylon.  For here lie the very founders of Hollywood and its film industry.  Jesse L. Laskey and Cecil B. DeMille, producer and director respectively of the first full length motion picture shot here, and founders of the studio that would become Paramount; Harvey and Daieda Wilcox, who gave Hollywood its name when they owned the land; John Gower, pioneer; Douglas Fairbanks (Senior AND Junior); Rudolph Valentino, Peter Lorre, Paul Muni, Rascals Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer and Darla Hood, gangsters Bugsy Seigel and Moe Sedway. Columbia Studio Czar Harry Cohn. Florence Lawrence, believed to be the ‘world’s first movie star’ to be known by name. Two infamous murder victims of the early 20’s, William Desmond Taylor, and Virginia Rappe. Tyrone Power. Charlie Chaplin’s mother and son.  Marion Davies.  John Huston.  Adolphe Menjou.  Clifton Webb and the Talmadge Sisters.  You actually feel the hundred years of its existence here as you roam the grounds, watch the geese and cranes in the lake, stroll into one of the ancient mausoleums. Led by Resident Storytellers, Steve Goldstein and Joe Walker, this tour looks at the Hollywood resting place.

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photographs of the graves of what he calls "The Famous, the Infamous, and the Just Plain Dead" that make up his as-yet unpublished book, "Beneath Los Angeles."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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