Jonathan had to go to Pasadena today to be in a photo shoot. When he finished, we decided it might be nice to stop off at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.There are many stars buried at this cemetery including Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Telly Savalas, Liberace, Stan Laurel and Ricky Nelson.
The cemetery grounds are well maintained. It is in a beautiful place, with a view over the valley towards the San Gabriel mountains.
As you can see in the photo below, it is done in white, with a large statute on top, though it is not of her; this same statue appeared in other parts of the cemetery as well. On her tombstone is written: “She did it the hard way”, an epitaph that had been suggested to her by Joseph L. Mankiewicz shortly after they had filmed All About Eve.
Bette Davis appeared in over 100 films receiving two Oscars, 10 nominations and three Emmy awards. A fellow Bostonian she born in Lowell and later moved to Newton.
There were some beautiful Christmas decorations on some of the graves which was poignant. And then it was time to go home, but thankfully, with so many people on vacation, traffic was light, even during rush hour.
Bette Davis became even more embedded in pop culture history when Kim Carnes sang the #1 song Bette Davis Eyes in 1981.
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