Holy Cross Cemetery

Holy Cross is a scenic Roman Catholic cemetery in Culver City that opened in 1939. It is said that if a star is Catholic, they’re buried here.

Holy Cross Cemetery

Here in this scenic area called the Grotto are several celebrities grouped close together.

Holy Cross Cemetery

Holy Cross Cemetery

The main reason for our visit was the grave of this eccentric fellow, Bela Lugosi (Dracula). To my classic-horror-fiend friend who traveled with me, Bela Lugosi is her Clark Gable. So he was a must visit!

Holy Cross Cemetery Bela Lugosi

I stumbled upon the grave of “Der Bingle”, Bing Crosby, not too far from Bela.

Holy Cross Cemetery Bing Crosby

Nearby too is the grave of  French actor Charles Boyer, known for his role in Gaslight (1944).

Holy Cross Cemetery Charles Boyer

Also here is “Gilda” herself,  Rita Hayworth.

Holy Cross Cemetery Rita Hayworth

And we happened upon the grave of actress Sharon Tate, who, along with her unborn baby, was murdered by the Manson gang.

Holy Cross Cemetery Sharon Tate

Around the corner from the Grotto is the grave of Gladys Belzer. Who? Gladys was the mother of Loretta Young. Loretta had requested that her ashes be spread over her mother’s grave, but cemetery rules prohibited this, so Loretta’s ashes were placed in with her mother’s instead. So here is the final resting place of Loretta, Clark’s co-star in Call of the Wild and mother of his only daughter, Judy.

Clark Gable and Loretta Young

Holy Cross Cemetery Loretta Young

Holy Cross Cemetery Loretta Young

The one grave you can’t miss no matter where you are in this cemetery is Rosalind Russell‘s. You can see this giant cross from the street before you even enter the gates. Quite the monument!

Holy Cross Cemetery Rosalind Russell

Rosalind co-starred with Clark in China Seas and They Met in Bombay. She also had a small part in Forsaking All Others.

Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell

Holy Cross Cemetery Rosalind Russell

Holy Cross Cemetery Rosalind Russell

I had read on the internet that Cammie King (Bonnie from Gone with the Wind) was interred here after her death last year. But nobody at the office knew where exactly she was and apparently have no record of her. So I am not sure what’s going on with that.

I will say one more thing about Holy Cross. If you are in LA and decide to stop in here, LOCK YOUR CAR. Or, better yet, take your purse and anything you care about with you as you wander.  Trust me.