Elizabeth Taylor died March 23, 2011. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Elizabeth Taylor will be interred today [March 24] at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale.” Forest Lawn Cemetery is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world. Many celebrities have been buried there. The top three most notable celebrities who have chosen to be buried there include Michael Jackson, Walt Disney, and George Burns.
Michael Jackson was known as the “King of Pop.” When he died suddenly on June 25, 2009, many people wondered where he would be buried. Some thought he would be buried at his former home, Neverland Ranch, but instead he was buried elsewhere. Now he is buried next to Elizabeth Taylor. According to the Los Angeles Times, “[Taylor] will be buried in the expansive cemetery’s Great Mausoleum, the same building where her good friend, Michael Jackson is buried.”
Taylor and Jackson had been friends for decades. She even stuck with him through his 1993 child molestation controversy. Now both are reunited at the Grand Mausoleum. The Grand Mausoleum is known for being quite beautiful.
According to MTV.com, “the mausoleum contains a stained-glass reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ and replicas of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures. The grounds also house what Forest Lawn calls two of the world’s largest paintings -‘The Crucifixion’ and ‘The Resurrection’ – as well as original bronze and marble statuary, rare coins and 13th-century stained glass.”
Walt Disney spent his life trying to make people have fun and act like a kid. He is well known for creating Disney World and animated films for children. According to Cemetery Guide:
“[T]he area in front of Disney’s grave is often full of flowers and small plastic figurines of his most famous characters, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck left behind by visitors. About a year after his death, Disney’s estate made a payment of more than $40,000 to Forest Lawn for the burial space and memorial plaque. Buried with Disney are his wife, Lillian Bounds Disney (1899 – 1997), and his son-in-law, Robert B. Brown. The plaque also includes the name of his daughter, Sharon M. Disney Brown Lund (1936 – 1993), with the notation, ‘ashes scattered in paradise’.”
Disney was a legend, and even though he has been dead for many years, people still wish to pay tribute to him. It just shows how one person’s life can impact the lives of millions across the country.
George Burns was born on Jan. 20, 1896, and died on March 9, 1996, at the age of 100. Burns was known for his comedy and acting skills. He appeared in many movies such as “Oh God” and “Sunshine Boys.” When he died, he wanted to be buried next to his deceased wife, Gracie Allen. Allen had died in 1964 at the age of 69 from a heart attack. She was a comedian and she and her husband were an iconic comedy duo.
According to Find a Grave, “his funeral was a simple private affair at a Forest Lawn Chapel attended by only 60 family members and close friends before he joined Gracie in their companion crypt located in the Freedom Mausoleum. He was eulogized by his manager Irving Fein. The epitaph on their tomb reads: ‘Gracie Allen. George Burns. Together Again’.”
Burns is finally spending eternity with the one he loves, and that was fitting for a talent such as his.