Death & Hollywood

So if you don’t know by now, I can be kind of morbid, and after visiting The Autry (I didn’t take any photos, as the lighting and display cases proved to be difficult, and I chose instead to focus on the experience, but I highly recommend visiting as it is nothing short of spectacular!) the remainder of our day in Los Angeles was spent visiting locations pertaining to death, specifically the location where Elizabeth Short’s body was discovered and the Westwood Village Memorial Park, the final resting place of many celebrities.

On January 15th, 1947 the dismembered body of Elizabeth Short, who came be known as the Black Dahlia, was found in a grassy vacant lot along Norton Avenue, an area that was gearing up to become a fresh row of tract homes for the post-war boom of Los Angeles.

Frequently, the location of Short’s body is simply described as between Colosseum and 39th along Norton, on the west side of the street.  So the exact location is debatable, and it wasn’t until I returned home I even thought about looking at the coroner’s report.  But as it turns out the location that I chose wasn’t far off from the report’s description (I was roughly two houses north), especially when compared with Lindsey’s (of I am Not a Stalker) visit.

After refusing encouragements of sprawling out in the lawn, I plopped myself down in the parking strip, instead of the lawn of someone’s house, because let’s be honest, looking outside your window to see someone randomly laying in your lawn having their picture taken is kinda strange, but, hey, if you’re going to live where history happened, you better get used to some weird history geeks coming around.

After peeling out of Norton Avenue, we headed toward Westwood Village Memorial Park.  I have yet to visit Hollywood Forever, which I initially suggested when we decided to go into LA for a day, but when I learned that Bettie Page, the queen of pin-ups herself, was buried at a small cemetery in West Hollywood, I quickly chose it over Hollywood Forever.

There are many other notable celebrities buried at Westwood too, including James Dean’s Rebel without a Cause co-star Natalie Wood, among many other favorite actors, musicians, and authors, many of whom passed away in recent years.

But perhaps the celebrity that draws the most admirers is Marilyn Monroe.

Other celebrities include James Coburn, Beach Boys member Carl Wilson, television producer Sidney Sheldon, actor Jack Lemon, Colombo himself (as well as the grandpa from The Princess Bride) Peter Falk and the legendary Peggy Lee.

Outfit
Squaw Dress: Expo
Belt: Who knows…? Most likely thrifted by my dad.
Mocs: Thunderbird by Minnetonka

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