Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, near Los Angeles, was founded in 1923, and is the oldest cemetery in the San Fernando Valley. Although more closely associated with the aviation industry than entertainment, Valhalla contains the graves of many well-known and legendary entertainers and celebrities, including comedian Oliver Hardy, professional wrestler Gorgeous George, boxing champion Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, stuntman Yakima Canutt, Lassie trainer Rudd Weatherwax, Broadway producer George White, and actresses Mae Clarke, Gail Russell, Lita Grey, Mae Murray and Aneta Corsaut. This book provides a detailed guide to find their final resting places, along with personal and professional biographies. Valhalla also contains the Portal of the Folded Wings memorial, museum and shrine to aviation pioneers, sometimes referred to as “The Arlington of the Air.”
About the Author
Mark Masek was born and raised in Joliet, Ill., about 40 miles southwest of Chicago. He was always interested in history and Hollywood and, when he moved to the Los Angeles area in 1999, he was able to combine his interests, and wrote "Hollywood Remains to Be Seen: A Guide to the Movie Stars' Final Homes," a detailed history and guidebook to 14 cemeteries in the Los Angeles area, as well as a guide to find the final burial locations of more than 300 entertainment celebrities. He is also a member of the Hollywood Underground, a group of people with the similar interests of finding and documenting the final resting places of celebrities. If they're famous, and they're dead, and they're buried somewhere in the Los Angeles area, he probably knows where to find them.
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