It’s been a little bit since we've had an interview with a Taphophile! And today’s interview will not disappoint! I was able to sit down with the Cemetery tour guide for the Hollywood forever cemetery, Karie Bible. We discuss the lives and burials of famous people there and what it’s like being a tour guide in a cemetery full of stars.
Karie and her favorite feral feline sidekick there at HW, Closeup!
Karie also has her own show! Find it at hollywoodkitchenshow.com
Founded in 1899, the cemetery is one of the world’s most visited landmarks, and the final resting place of hundreds of Hollywood legends, including Judy Garland, Cecil B. DeMille, Rudolph Valentino, Mickey Rooney, Tyrone Power, Douglas Fairbanks, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, Valerie Harper, Chris Cornell, and hundreds of others, alongside thousands of neighborhood residents and individuals from across the globe. The functioning cemetery offers lawn spaces, cremation niches, mausoleum crypts, and the Beth Olam section is one of the oldest, active Jewish cemeteries in California.
Since 2000, Hollywood Forever has partnered with Cinespia to present cinema screenings each summer on the Fairbanks Lawn, and the cemetery’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration attracts over 30,000 visitors each year. Paramount Studios was built on the undeveloped south end of the original site, where the studio still operates, and the cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1999.
"The Cemetery of the Stars"
Come visit legendary notables such as Cecil B. Demille, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, Vampira, John Huston, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and more. It is a great overview of the cemetery and its most famous residents.
Virginia Rappe is buried here as well
Yours truly visiting Judy Garland!
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Here's how you get Karies tour