Calvary Cemetery

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In East Los Angeles, visitors will find Calvary Cemetery, a Roman Catholic Cemetery. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles runs this cemetery, measuring 137 acres. The cemetery includes the All Souls Chapel, which became one of the most visited places of worship in Southern California after its opening. By 1936, the striking Main Mausoleum was built, with many notable burials taking place at the cemetery. Given its proximity to Hollywood, many entertainers are at rest here.

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.

Lou Costello
(March 6, 1906 – March 3, 1959)
Born Louis Francis Cristillo, professionally known as Lou Costello. An American actor, best known for his film comedy double act with straight man Bud Abbott and their comedy routine “Who’s on First?”

Irene Dunne 
(December 20, 1898 – September 4, 1990)
Born Irene Marie Dunn. An American film actress and singer of the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s. Dunne was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Actress – for her performances in Cimarron (1931), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Love Affair (1939), and I Remember Mama (1948). In 1985, Dunne was given the Kennedy Center Honors for her services to the arts.

There are many more notable entertainers to respectfully visit here. If you prefer silent Hollywood, there are quite a few silent screen stars present here, as well. I certainly intend to pay a return visit to this location in the future.

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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