Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles, California. Located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, it was founded in 1899 as Hollywood Cemetery, known as Hollywood Memorial Park until 1998 when it was given its current name; the studios of Paramount Pictures are located at the south end of the same block, on 40 acres that were once part of the cemetery but held no interments. Individuals interred in the cemetery include many prominent people from the entertainment industry, as well as people who played vital roles in shaping Los Angeles; the cemetery hosts community events, including music and summer movie screenings. Hollywood's only cemetery, Hollywood Forever was founded in 1899 on 100 acres and called "Hollywood Cemetery" by F. W. Samuelson and Lombard. In 1897, the two men were the owners of a 60 acres tract of land near Hollywood in Los Angeles County. In that year, they—along with Mrs. M. W. Gardner of Santa Monica, Joseph D. Rodford, Gilbert Smith, Thomas R. Wallace—formed a corporation known as the “Hollywood Cemetery Association.

The cemetery sold off large tracts to Paramount Pictures, with RKO Pictures, bought 40 acres by 1920. Part of the remaining land was set aside for the Beth Olam Cemetery, a dedicated Jewish burial ground for members of the local Jewish community. Jules Roth was a convicted felon and millionaire. In 1939, he bought a 51% stake in the cemetery, the interment site of his parents, he used the money from the cemetery's operations to pay for his personal luxuries. At that time, the cemetery was known as Hollywood Memorial Park. In the 1990s, the cemetery began to show signs of disrepair. Actress Hattie McDaniel was best known for her role as Mammy in the epic movie Gone with the Wind, for which she became the first African American to win an Academy Award, she had expressed a desire to be interred at Hollywood Memorial Park. At the time of McDaniel's death in 1952, Hollywood Memorial, like other cemeteries, was segregated. Despite McDaniel's expressed wish, Roth would not allow the actress to be interred in the cemetery.

Hollywood Forever would be desegregated seven years later. In 1999, the cemetery's current owner dedicated a cenotaph in her honor at a prime location south of Sylvan Lake. In July 1974, the crematory was shut down. According to cemetery grounds supervisor Daniel Ugarte, the crematory was in such disrepair that bricks began falling in around Elliot's remains; the crematory would be repaired and re-opened twenty-eight years in 2002. By the 1980s, the California Cemetery Board began receiving regular complaints from the families of people interred there. Family members complained that the grounds were not kept up and were disturbed to hear stories about vandalism on the cemetery grounds; the heirs of well-known makeup artist Max Factor moved his and other Factor family remains to Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City after the mausoleum sustained water damage that discolored the walls. In 1986, a Los Angeles woman and 1,000 other plot owners filed a class action lawsuit against the cemetery for invasion of privacy after they discovered that Roth allowed employees of Paramount Pictures to park in the cemetery while the studio's parking structure was undergoing construction.

In the late 1980s, Jules Roth needed to maintain his lavish lifestyle. He sold two lawns totalling 3 acres that were facing the Santa Monica Boulevard front of the property, it was reported. Those lawns are now strip malls that house, among other businesses, an auto parts store and a laundromat. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Roth could not afford to repair the roofs and other damage the earthquake caused to crypts. By that time, Hollywood Memorial was no longer making money and only generated revenue by charging families $500 for disinterments. In 1997, Roth became ill, he had been embroiled in a scandal regarding another cemetery he owned, Lincoln Memorial Park, in Carson, California. Several months before his death, Roth was bedridden and disoriented and during this time his will was changed to provide for his business associates and maid, who were the only witnesses to his signature, his relatives, who were listed in his previous will, were written out. Roth died on January 4, 1998, he was interred next to his wife, his father, his mother in the Cathedral Mausoleum.

The state of California had revoked the cemetery's license to sell its remaining interment spaces. After Roth's death, the current owner discovered that the cemetery's endowment care fund—meant to care for the cemetery in perpetuity—was missing about $9 million; the owner claimed that he discovered Mr. Roth's bust in an antique shop; the bust was part of Mr. Roth's personal artifacts; those owners, Tyo, LLC, purchased the now 62-acre property, on the verge of closure in a bankruptcy proceeding, in 1998 for $375,000. They renamed the cemetery "Hollywood Forever" and set out to give it a complete restoration, investing millions in revitalizing the grounds and offering documentaries about the deceased that are to be played in perpetuity on kiosks and are posted on the Web, as well as organizing tours to draw visitors. Since 2002, the cemetery has screened films on weekends during the summer and on holidays at a gathering called Cinespia; the screenings are held on the Douglas Fairbanks Lawn and the films are projected onto the white marble west wall of the Cathedral Mausoleum.

Music events take place in the cemetery

Owen A. Wells

Owen Augustine Wells was a U. S. Representative from Wisconsin. Born in Catskill, New York, Wells moved with his parents to a farm near Empire, Wisconsin, in 1850, he attended private schools. He was admitted to the bar in 1870 and commenced practice in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, he engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising. He was appointed by President Grover Cleveland as collector of internal revenue for the third Wisconsin district in 1885, serving until 1887, when that district was consolidated with the Milwaukee district, he served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888 and to the Gold Democratic National Convention in 1896 and to numerous State conventions of his party. Wells was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress, he was elected as the representative of Wisconsin's 6th congressional district. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress, he resumed the practice of law in Fond du Lac. He retired in 1901 and resided in Fond du Lac until his death there on January 29, 1935.

He was interred in Rienzi Cemetery. United States Congress. "Owen A. Wells". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

Doug Fraser (Scottish footballer)

Doug Fraser is a Scottish former football full-back. Fraser began his career in Scottish minor football, appearing for Eaglesham Amateur and Blantyre Celtic. After being rejected by both Celtic and Leeds United, following trials Fraser turned professional with Aberdeen. Fraser's form attracted the attentions of English clubs and in September 1963 West Bromwich Albion manager Jimmy Hagan paid £23,000 for his signature. Making his debut against Birmingham City that same month, Fraser played in a number of defensive and midfield positions before making the right back slot his own. Fraser played in four cup finals during his time at the Hawthorns and made two appearances for Scotland against Cyprus and the Netherlands, his final Albion game was a 2–2 draw against Chelsea in November 1970 before manager Alan Ashman sold him to Nottingham Forest for £35,000. He would play for Walsall where he hit the headlines after he was red carded for fighting with Bristol Rovers' Kenny Stephens - a former Albion teammate.

After his retirement Fraser was appointed to the manager's chair at Walsall and held the position until 1977. Following this Fraser left football and took up a position as a prison guard at Nottingham Gaol