Glen Haven Memorial Park

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Glen Haven Memorial Park is quite removed from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. Arriving there from the more touristy areas requires a scenic drive through the canyons, Nonetheless, it is the final resting place of two women who made their own marks upon the entertainment industry, including film and television.

This article does not offer a full overview of each individual located here; rather, it is a “walk” through the grounds from my perspective, highlighting places and people of interest to me.

Vera Ellen
(February 16, 1921 – August 30, 1981)
Born Vera-Ellen Westmeier Rohe. An American dancer and actress. She is principally celebrated for her performances with partners Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, and Donald O’Connor. She is best known for her starring roles in On the Town with Kelly and White Christmas (1954) with Kaye.

Rose Marie
(August 15, 1923 – December 28, 2017)
Born Rose Marie Mazzetta. An American actress, singer, comedian, and vaudeville performer with a career that ultimately spanned over nine decades — and included film, radio, records, theater, night clubs and television. As a child performer during the years just after the silent film era, she had a successful singing career as Baby Rose Marie. As an adult, she became one of the first major stars to be known simply by her given names.

Due to this location being a fair distance away, I would pay a respectful visit if it worked within your itinerary and if the notables profiled here were of interest to you.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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